West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has stated that the club needed to sign two strikers this summer and the squad has been completed the way he wanted.
The Hammers’ last piece of transfer business was confirmed earlier today as Swiss striker Albian Ajeti was added to the London club’s ranks.
The 22-year-old joins Sebastien Haller in the West Ham striker berths, with the new pair replacing a handful of attackers that have been moved on during the off-season.
The Irons are set to open the 2019-20 Premier League season with a tough game against champions Manchester City on Saturday, with the fans looking forward to getting a glimpse of some of the summer’s additions.
West Ham have options across the park and Pellegrini has admitted the club hierarchy has fulfilled his wishes and added strength in depth.
“He (Ajeti) is a young player,” the Hammers boss told Football London.
“If you compare our squad to last season, we don’t have the strikers. We needed them, now we have Haller and Ajeti to compete.
“I have completed the squad the way I wanted, I have two players in each position. We did what we needed to do.”
While Ajeti is something of an unknown quantity to most of the West Ham fans, Haller has arrived from Eintracht Frankfurt with a lofty reputation and goal record.
Other reinforcements across the Hammers squad will increase competition for places and it will be interesting to see the starting XI that takes to the pitch against City on Saturday.
West Ham have a few hours before the transfer window closes but Pellegrini’s statements suggest the club’s summer business is over.