Pellegrini Master Stroke Already! And It's Youth

When the 'Pilgrim' first arrived at 'Gnome Towers' to finalise his move from China to E20, Manuel Pellegrini took along a dossier to show 'Mr David' Sullivan where and how the current squad needed to be revamped. Most interestingly was his apparent in-depth knowledge of the majority of the youngsters on the books, in particular Reece Oxford, Reece Buke, Josh Cullen and Declan Rice all of whom are homegrown players which is important due to the FIFA young player ruling which requires Barclays Premiership teams to have an increasing percentage of 'home sourced' players in their squads.

Since Pellegrini's arrival the media have gone into meltdown as to which 'relic' would be signed from Manchester City due to his previous connection with the club, however The 'Pilgrim' has moved quickly to request a loan move for Phil Foden, City's 17 year old bright young hope and future England star. Whether or not this audacious approach is successful is in the lap of the Gods, but Hammers fans should feel pleased and relieved that Pellegrini is targeting youth and speed over experience and lack of pace. That is not to say that there will not be one or two senior players arrive, and there will definitely be a few senior players depart!

It is in a way testimony to what a smooth operator the 64 year old Chilean Pellegrini is in how he quietly mentioned that the team needed four of five new players in his first press interviews, now doing the maths that is just about half of the entire team, and yet he said it in such a way that it was no big deal, try telling that to the players who will be thinking that their number is up. And speaking of players whose numbers will be coming up, there are a couple of glaring departure necessities, namely Robert Snodgrass among others. 'Snoddy' has essentially burnt his bridges with the club on many levels and it would seem highly improbable that he would fit in with the new manager's ideology, if the club can recoup any where near the £11.5 Million they paid Hull City then they should snap the buyers', most likely Aston Villa's, arms off!

A clean sweep?
There have been reports that Manuel Pellegrini will tell each player that they are starting with a 'clean slate', nice words, but as with many 'comments' attributed to the new manager there is a hidden meaning. Saying everyone is starting with a clean slate is a little misleading because for example the 'case' of Andy Carroll, the Big Geordie can agree whatever he is asked to do, but when he is inevitably injured he will still be the same Andy Carroll! That said, the reported £80,000 per week in wages he receives which was once eye wateringly massive is now par to the course for pretty average players, so Pellegrini may elect to keep Carroll as a plan B to use as a super sub, but then he already has Javier Hernandez to do that doesn't he? Neither player will want to be sitting on the bench, although that situation would probably be academic given Carroll's past injury record. If a club were foolish enough to offer around £12 Million for Carroll who is moving in to the final year of his five year contract, then West Ham would 'reluctantly' accept the offer, if only to release his wages off the bill and give them to Manuel Lanzini instead! Indeed retaining the 'little jewel' will be one of Pellegrini's first tasks, as will utilising Chicarito's abilitiies to the max, why have a forward in your club and pay him £130,000 per week just to warm the bench and play very occasionally? It makes absolutely no sense, use him or sell him, simples..either the club will end up with a newly motivated forward, or recive a healthy transfer fee and free up a sizeable chunk of wages that can be used for further recuitment.

Cautious optimism
The move to acquire the services of Manuel Pelligrini is a step forward, some may say he is past it, others that he is style, his team will eventually excite the Hammers faithful and in a way his appointment is a last throw of the dice for David Sullivan and the rest of the club's hierarchy. The Chilean's been a handed a 'war chest' of £85 Million, well that's one high profile player paid for! Well seriously there will need to be a lot of 'horse trading' between now and the beginning of the season, hopefully the club will get most of it's business done early, particularly as this is World Cup year and players' values usually tend to go up rather than down.

So to conclude
Probable players out: Snodgrass (loan to be made permanent by Villa) Winston Reid (injury prone), Sam Byram (injury prone), Patrice Evra, Andy Carroll (injury prone), Jordan Hugill, The Ginger Pele, Joe Hart and contentiously Mikael Antonio (injury prone) That's around £480,000 per week off the wages bill!
Obviously a few of the fringe and youth players will go as well, but it will be interesting to see who will be at the club by the time the 'early' transfer window closes.- Ed

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Dicks is the man's picture

So far, so good. I'm just worried that Pellegrini may find out that these 'young and fast' players he speaks of signing will come with hefty price tags and 75 mill that is bandied around won't go too far after wages of the players etc are taken into account. we need and should be spending big, no excuses. I'm not a believer in this theory that there is only very little money in the club, the move was the 'claim' by the board that we could be bigger and better, so its time to show and not tell as we've raked in the money for two seasons now.

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nevillenixon's picture

The £75 million is for player purchases i believe, the wages are part of the annual expenditure by the club. So if a player is signed for £20 Million on £100,000 per week it would be a net expenditure of one third of the budget, however players purchased in Europe can be paid for in instalments. Green shield stamps anyone?
Pellegrini needs more like £175 Million

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Dicks is the man's picture

lol, thanks Nev for clarifying.

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moore2come's picture

That's not the way it's been sold to us for the last few years though as every time we buy a player the wages seem to be deducted in the transfer kitty too. Let's hope you're right Nev otherwise we'll never move forward considering player wages nowadays

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Thats always been the way it works. It was never that player wages are deducted it was that we can hit a wage limit

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moore 6 legend's picture

So pelle going for young with pace,and not the old timers that every one thought,i can't take anymore of this good news,lol just maybe we could see an unchanged team,and get rid of the crocks once and for all.

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I do hope you are right nev, with pelegrini preparation and knowledge of the players already here. I see our first signing is a young lad from Derby. Sure that's not pelegrini decision at this stage! And as for how much is available, I'll just wait and see.

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mcbikeman's picture

Have mentioned him before and has a relegation release clause of around £15million I believe and having worked under the Falcon(pellegrini/peregrine falcon get it!)before at Malaga I can see that happening especially if we get rid of sicknote

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asheshammer's picture

If things work out, it would suit the new IDENTITY.

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moore2come's picture

When did we sign Darren Anderton?

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nevillenixon's picture

He's got long hair, takes lots of sniff and really doesn't care, does that sound like Darren 'I don't look like Woody' Anderton!

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Bondsy's picture

I can see it now! Pellegrini wants Phil Foden and tells Sullivan that this is his first buy! Man City want £20m, Sullivan wants to pay in installments £5m up front and £5m after one year depending on appearances. Man City tell Sullivan to p*ss off! Foden goes to Spurs for £16m.
This is what happened with nearly all our dealings going astray last season and leopards do not change their spots!!! My prediction is two above average players for about £30m in total, two youngsters no one has heard about for £5m in total and two loan signings no one wants with options to buy.
I really don't think the Board will change at all and Pelligrini will become very frustrated at their penny pinching ways.

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Foden would be a great signing on loan. Saw him play in the World Cup. A typical West Ham type player. Having said that there is no way city would let him leave fully, so it has to be a loan. He is also very young but can definately do a good job for us maybe in squad rotation.

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FramingHammer's picture

Why hasn't Kouyate's name come up in sell discussions? He moves like he's got cement in his boots.

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