West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted that he told fringe players Toni Martinez and Edimilson Fernandes that they were going out on loan this season as soon as he took over at the Premier League club.
The Hammers were expansive in their recruitment drive and as such the Chilean coach has had to make some tough decisions over the squad he inherited.
The afore-mentioned duo have both left West Ham for the season, with Fernandes joining Fiorentina for the campaign and Martinez signing on with Rayo Majadahonda.
Pellegrini has admitted that the pair were two men he immediately selected to be farmed out and that the players knew they were not part of his first-team plans at the London Stadium.
“We bought those new nine players, some players like Fernandes and Martinez need to play and they knew from the beginning that they were going out on loan so the squad is the squad that I want for this season,” he told Football London.
“I don’t think that we are going to have any other player going out for the moment.”
West Ham fans are rightly excited about the 2018-19 Premier League campaign after the summer transfer business but the club was brought back down to earth with a bump last weekend with a 4-0 defeat to Liverpool.
A home clash against Bournemouth on Saturday gives the Hammers the chance to chalk up their first win of the campaign and the supporters will hope for a much-improved display.