West Ham United fans are keeping a close eye on this summer’s transfer news, with the London club looking to bolster Manuel Pellegrini’s squad before the start of next season.
The Hammers have been ambitious so far, with the capture of promising attacking midfielder Pablo Fornals from Villarreal a deal to catch the eye.
While West Ham supporters will urge the club’s hierarchy to sign a proven centre forward this summer, the team’s midfield could have a key bearing on the side’s fortunes next term.
When Fornals joined the club, he spoke about firing the Irons into European qualification in 2019-20, despite the fact that current UK betting offers are giving long odds for the London side to achieve this.
However, after a horrific injury record last season, getting key players fit will be a big priority for West Ham this summer.
Although new signings are all well and good, if the likes of Jack Wilshere, Winston Reid and Andriy Yarmolenko can get back to fitness, all of a sudden Manuel Pellegrini has a wealth of additional options.
Arguably the player that West Ham missed most last season was Manuel Lanzini, with the Argentine playmaker sitting out most of the campaign with a cruciate ligament injury.
The 26-year-old managed 10 Premier League games in 2018-19 but struggled to get back to anywhere his best for the Hammers.
The West Ham fans will hope that Lanzini can hit the ground running next term and completing a full pre-season without any injury setbacks would be ideal.
Lanzini is full of energy, creativity and guile, while his eye for goal from deeper areas was missed by the Hammers in 2018-19.
Looking at the make-up of West Ham’s midfield for next season, Pellegrini will have an enviable list of players available to select from if everyone can stay fit.
In the attacking midfield positions, having the likes of Fornals, Lanzini, Felipe Anderson, Yamolenko and Michail Antonio to choose from means the London club are well stocked.
Some West Ham fans may argue that Lanzini could struggle to be selected regularly given the quality of the other options, but the Argentina international provides a certain x-factor that makes him an indispensable member of the squad.
While all the Hammers supporters will hope there are lots more announcements about new players being captured this summer, a fit and firing Lanzini would be as good as a new signing for the club.