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The second season of Pellegrini’s project

West Ham’s up-and-down 2018/19 campaign before finishing a respectable 10th in Manuel Pellegrini’s first season  begs one question: “What can we expect for the new campaign.”

The signing of highly-rated youngster Pablo Fornals for £24m and striker Sebastien Haller has injected the squad with real talent and big hope.

In bringing them both in the Irons should be feeling  confident ahead of the 2019/20 campaign, and if you want an interest in the prospects of a top ten finish download betting apps from https://bettingapps.org/.

Pellegrini will also welcome the return of last season’s long-term absentees Andriy Yarmolenko, Winston Reid and Jack Wilshere, the latter looking particularly good so far.

If he can stay fit, West Ham have a fantastic player on their hands, and a midfield partnership of Wilshere and Declan Rice could well pay dividends.

Yarmolenko is another who will feel like a new signing, while Reid can play important back-up to the solid partnership pairing of Diop and Fabian Balbuena.

The Irons could hardly have been handed a tougher opening day fixture given the quality of Manchester City and a 4-1 defeat in China fresh in our memories yet at least we get the game out of the way early!

City have also, of course, visited the London Stadium four times, scoring four or five goals in each meeting – a scary thought.

However, the Sky Blues will not be in their accustomed winning routine given this is opening day when we often see surprise results.

With less than a month of the transfer window left, West Ham could start the season in August with one of the best sides outside the top six, and finishing seventh along with a solid cup run should be the target for Pellegrini’s side.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon
 

One comment on “The second season of Pellegrini’s project

  1. I think we have done enough to get a top ten finish at least.
    This is just as long as we dont suffer to many injuries. We have more quality but less quantity so fitness will absolutely be key. One player out in a key position could easily turn our season on its head.

    We also have to take into account that none of the other clubs going for the Sixth or Seventh spot look any weaker. In fact most look a bit stronger.

    Also we will have to contend with a kind of second season syndrome of our own, as other clubs have had a season to come to terms with our new style.

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