West Ham’s owners are concerned about the signings of midfield pairing Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez, according to The Times.
Manuel Pellegrini spent over £100m on new acquisitions this summer, with Mario Husillos also drafted in over the close-season under the request of the Chilean boss to mastermind the signings – but he has not won over the board with two of his recruits.
According to The Times, West Ham’s owners have not been impressed with the displays of midfield duo Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez – with concerns about the pairing raised from the start, putting a ‘black mark’ against Husillos’ name.
The report claims owner David Sullivan only wanted to hand Wilshere a one-year deal due to his injury history but eventually bowed to the pressure of Pellegrini and Husillos, issuing the Arsenal academy graduate with a three-year contract.
Meanwhile, Sanchez was a surprise addition due to his poor performances in a previous spell with Aston Villa and the 32-year-old has done nothing to erase those worries so far.
The biggest issue for West Ham is that this is nothing new. Manager signs player, board not happy with player, things boil over until player/manager leaves, rinse and repeat. In truth though, it shows more about the board than it does about Pellegrini or Husillos.
West Ham’s board, to put it bluntly, lack the spine to make decisions on their own. They bowed to the pressure to spend with a scattergun approach in a market, splashing the cash on a host of signings that were always going to struggle to settle in and not having the nerve to say no when pushed for certain acquisitions.
Midfield was a key area that needed strengthening and neither Sanchez or Wilshere have the capability to solve the issues that are clear to see as the Hammers are still in need of an enforcer to protect a back-line that has conceded more goals than any other Premier League side since the start of last season.