(Image) Dream 2018/19 West Ham XI featuring new signings that could finish in European places

Dream West Ham United XI featuring new signings and transfer targets

West Ham United have suffered a dreadful couple of seasons, despite making efforts to emerge as an admirable London force alongside Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. Neither the spending nor the acquisition of London Stadium has helped the Hammers script success.

Now, however, the club have appointed veteran Manuel Pellegrini as the new boss. The former Manchester City manager has a tough task ahead and he must help the club secure a European place in the aftermath of successive bottom-half finishes in the Premier League.

Pellegrini, who led Manchester City to glory a few years back, must revamp his squad and has already sanctioned several high-profile deals to reconfigure the line-up.

West Ham‘s defensive frailty has troubled them time and again in recent years. To that end, Pellegrini has already made enough investments. He has signed Lukasz Fabianski from relegated Swansea City, and the player will provide healthy competition to Adrian for the No.1 role.

Meanwhile, Pellegrini has also signed exciting French prodigy Issa  Diop and Paraguayan international Fabian Balbuena to bolster the central defence department.

Ryan Fredericks, the Bosman transfer from Fulham, will slot straight into the right wing-back role and now, the Hammers have enough depth as well as quality to stage an upsurge. However, the club continue to be interested in Jamaal Lascelles but saw a bid rejected by his current employers Newcastle United.

Nevertheless, the Londoners have roped in Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere on a Bosman transfer as well. The midfield also requires strengthening and in recent times, French midfield general Steven N’Zonzi has been linked with a potential move to the club.

Jack Wilshere

N’Zonzi, alongside Wilshere, will form a much-balanced central midfield pair when compared to the likes of Mark Noble and Cheick Kouyate. The Hammers are also close to announcing their club-record signing Felipe Anderson from Lazio and are also in talks to bring in Portuguese duo Joao Mario and Bruno Fernandes to add strength in the middle of the park.

Andriy Yarmolenko is the club’s latest high-profile recruit, who has joined from Borussia Dortmund and will add flair down the wings.

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Marko Arnautovic will be keen on replicating his blistering form from last season and the new-look Hammers side will be good enough to cause upsets and should be dreaming big under the charismatic Chilean.

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Written by Pratyay Maitra

A sports enthusiast and football fanatic.

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