West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has praised fringe forward Lucas Perez after the club’s 2-2 draw with Leicester City on Saturday.
The Hammers should have recorded all three points but were denied by a late Foxes goal, meaning the spoils were shared.
One positive from the game was the performance of Perez, who came off the West Ham bench with 12 minutes remaining and made an immediate impact.
The Spanish forward put the Hammers 2-1 to the good with a good finish soon after his introduction, while the striker scored again close to the end – only for the goal to be wrongly disallowed for offside.
It is anyone’s guess who West Ham’s striker options will be next season, with speculation over the futures of Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez and Perez himself.
Andy Carroll is set to leave the Hammers when his contract expires in the summer and the club will surely look to sign new attackers in the transfer market.
However, Perez has put forward a case for West Ham to give him more of an opportunity to make an impact – with Pellegrini impressed with the Spaniard’s showing.
“Lucas came in and did very well,” the Hammers boss told the club’s official website.
“He made good moments and reacted to the rebound to score the second goal, then he scored the third goal, which was ruled out.
“It’s very important, in that position, when you have chances, to score.”
West Ham are up against Tottenham next Saturday and Perez will be hoping to get the chance to play from the first whistle.