Who Makes Way As Pellegrini Assembles Top 6 Side?

Even the most begrudging of supporters must surely be giving the Hammers board some credit for the recent business they have recently conducted, the early arrival of Pablo Fornals followed by the record signing of Sebastian Haller is a show of real intent by the club.

Joining Felipe Anderson, Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena who all signed at the start of last season, Fornals and Haller will help to provide a very solid starting eleven. When you add in Andrily Yarmolenko, Jack Wilshere and Manu Lanzini who were all unavailable for almost the entirety of last season, there is the potential of a team to be reckoned with.

The goal keeping side of things is more than covered, Fabianski and new signings Roberto and David Martin tick all the necessary boxes. The full back situation may need attention but for the coming season at least things should be OK. At right back the role will be mainly taken up by Ryan Fredericks and Pablo Zabaleta, left backs Authur Masuaku and Aaron Cresswell are supplemented by young Ben Johnson who can play at right or left back.

The centre back pairing of Fabian Balbuena and Issa Diop is superb, but as was the case last season a decent back up player is required to cover injury or suspension, Pedro Obiang is the obvious choice but there is more than a possibility that he will be sold shortly, as is the case with Angelo Ogbonna, so this is an area that needs strengthening, although the forgotten man Winston Reid might have something to say on the issue.

The first name on the team sheet is Declan Rice as the number one defensive midfielder, but it is who joins him that will probably give manager Manuel Pellegrini the biggest headache. El Pel is spoiled for choice when it comes to mid field players, he will have the option of picking from several really exciting prospects, the newly fit pair of Lanzini and Wilshere will vye for places along with Robert Snodgrass, and Mr West Ham, captain Mark Noble, there are also a plethora of youngsters coming through the ranks to occupy the midfield slots.

Now we arrive at the business end, Haller will obviously play up top and logic would dictate Yarmolenko on one wing and Anderson on the other to ping in the crosses, a delightful prospect for Hammers fans, but what about those who don't make the final cut? Part of being a good manager is keeping all the players happy, part of being a great manager it to keep the entire squad happy!

That squad being assembled will include a very good 'established' player in each position, and either a good young, or experienced old professional, player as back up. Some of the peripheral players will want to go, but some will want to stay around and see if they can impress the manager. Inevitably there will be some players who feel agrieved at what they might see as a snub, but the team comes first, and if they don't like it they know where the door is! Happy daze - Ed

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Dicks is the man's picture

Since Pellegrini arrived things have changed for the better imo. it seems the arrival of a top, pro manager has made the board themselves act in a more professional manner all round. It wasn't long ago we had Moyes who no disrespect to him is a bit 'old hat' in management now. El Pell seems to be far more versatile with his tactics and formations as well as knowing a good player when he sees one. Lets hope Haller is another Anderson who must be worth 80 mill now surely if Maguire or Zaha is anything to go by.

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I agree with that dicksy,things are much more proffessional and structured,and it seems to have gone through the club,as we dont have sullivan coming out and talking bollocks as he did.

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I've just woken up & westham 'may' have the makings of a top side...let's hope the injury/gypsy curse doesn't raise its ugly head again

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nevillenixon's picture

Carroll clatters in to Haller on his way off training pitch? Fornals goes to help but trips over Anderson who falls awkwardly on to Declan Rice?

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Just knew it

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boogerscaravan's picture

I've been wrestling with this conundrum myself 4 into 3 don't go. Haller up top with Lanzini, Anderson, Fornals behind him. I think that's the way which means Antonio, Snoddy, Yarmo, Wheelchair warming the bench. Rice and Noble behind those 4. The defence plus keeper makes 11. I think that's really hard on Antonio particularly, but I cant see Lanzini being dropped...

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mcbikeman's picture

Constantly hearing about players being TIRED then this is the perfect situation for us with a lot of quality wide and in the middle of the park there should be no need to run players into the ground and so we can give someone a break for a week without weakening the team....for me i am still a bit worried about our striker situation and would like to see one more added to the frontline with Obiang all but gone Hugill mmm will Wigan convince him it should free up more wages to get a loan or freebie in as a backup.....all in all its going to make for an interesting season ahead

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I agree Macca and really see El Pell convincing his superstar players that they are part of an unbeatable squad. We have strength in all positions (apart from Masuaku at LB) and he will make them feel that having a week on the bench or sunnier climes every other week or two is no big deal. No one is getting dropped, just 'rested'. If its done right and not because of our usual injury list, I think we could have a blinder of a season. Fingers and forearms crossed COYI

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Prem survival it is then ;)

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moore 6 legend's picture

Paramount dave.

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moore 6 legend's picture

Strength In Depth do we see good cup runs.

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Hope so mate

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

hes still got it. End of last season was brilliant and I thought he had a good run out against City.

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Noble definitely Mr West ham,also as mcbikeman said could be awkward up front how about Andy Carroll as back up on a low wage pay as u play basis :-) or will he go to Newcastle or retire !!!!

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Dicks is the man's picture

Andy Carroll is buying Newcastle off Ashley from all the cash he's earned off us.

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Benitez to some Chinese side & taken rondon with him.the tiddlywinks are dominating the world.....

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