Now that the Premier League season has ended, West Ham United fans will be looking towards the summer transfer window and the potential strengthening of Manuel Pellegrini’s squad.
signing new players of quality will be the main objective if the Irons are to improve their odds of a top-half finish in the EPL next season, keeping important current Hammers at the club is also a priority.
In recent days, West Ham wide man Arthur Masuaku has been linked with a move away from the London Stadium, with The Sun stating that a number of teams are tracking the full-back.
The 25-year-old is a player that has split opinions among the Hammers faithful over his time at the club.
After signing from Olympiakos in 2016, it took Masuaku time to settle at West Ham and the initial impressions of the Congo international were generally not positive.
However, the gifted full-back started to show his ability in Hammers colours when given more of a consistent chance to play and there is no doubting that he is technically very gifted.
Former West Ham manager David Moyes started using Masuaku in a more-advanced midfield role, with the 25-year-old creating chances and starring on the wing.
A hideous incident in the FA Cup loss to Wigan Athletic in January 2018 saw the Lille-born player suspended for six matches after spitting at an opponent – something that cannot be condoned.
While Masuaku’s attitude and body language has also been questioned at times, it is clear that he is a player that is supremely capable of making an impact if managed correctly.
With West Ham looking to add strength in depth to their playing unit, having someone that is able to feature in a number of different positions is a big bonus.
As such, while the Hammers could possibly make a tidy profit on Masuaku this summer, the Irons hierarchy should look to resist the approaches of other teams and keep the wide man at the club for the 2019-20 campaign.