The near end of the West Ham season is still pending the league’s Coronavirus answer coming this week. If it is over, who might’ve played their last match for the club?
For starters, it would be easy to think of a handful of players that many would like to see leave due to financial reasons or their lack of output for the club. This, however, is more along the lines of a reasonable departure ratio and who might be on it come summertime for West Ham.
If what David Moyes says about transfers in (younger, faster, and more passion) happens then you have to think that there will be substantial changes come next season. Next season could be sooner than we all think so its time to look at the facts at who might be saying farewell soon.
The simple fact that Pablo Zabaleta has already said this will be his last season with the club and the EPL puts him first on the list. Not merely to pass over it, but to show major changes first. For Pablo, this club has been a landing post after an impressive career at Manchester City but he never came here just for the money, he came to play and lead.
His legacy will be more at his mentorship than his abilities for the Hammers as he is currently grooming both Ryan Fredericks and Jeremy Ngakia well. The Argentinians leadership will be missed all over as well due to the Hammer’s lack of leadership on the squad past Nobes.
Another South American that hits the list of almost for sure departures in Carlos Sanchez. A bit of a surprise in the first place when Pellegrini and Co took him, but for him, the surprise turned from excitement to shock as he never really got going for the club.
His second run out for an EPL club and his second go in Claret and Blue did not mirror his time at Villa and him leaving will free up some money and give the fans back added stress from his potential performances. No disrespect but sometimes its just time to say enough and for West Ham, this needs to happen.
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After Sanchez and Zaba, due to both having expiring contracts, the herd starts to thin out and names like Wilshere, Snodgrass, and Balbuena come to mind. After his once again resurgence into the first team it is very unlikely that Robert Snodgrass will be leaving but for the other two… who knows.
Jack Wilshere hasn’t been much more than a poster boy for funny videos and the occasional feel-good post since he arrived back in East London. Offloading his 100 pounds a week salary will be a needed touch if the board thinks to add more talent this summer.
Balbuena will probably stay put unless the Hammers decide to bring in another young center-back but even though he is just coming back from injury, Andriy Yarmolenko might’ve played his last days as a Hammer. With Bowen and Snoddy performing better at the same position, his payout for a transfer should be greeted as he still has good football ahead of him.
Albian Ajeti makes this list as well and he is just another name on a list of strikers that came and then left for West Ham. His potential was high and he might still hold value but that was under another regime and it seems as if Moyes wants nothing to do with him.
The last two names on this list have had similar stories while at West Ham but both will be leaving on the downward slope of their rollercoaster careers here. Manuel Lanzini and Arthur Masuaku came to West Ham with potential and at times showed it… just never enough.
Both of these lads are still younger and have yet to reach their respective peaks which will in no doubt bring in a hefty sum of cash but the untapped potential will be what hurts West Ham fan’s heads in the end.
In review, that’s Zabaleta, Sanchez, Wilshere, Yarmolenko, Ajeti, Lanzini, and Masuaku. Seven players and 5 different positions. That is a lot lost when you look at the numbers but their worth, not so much. The board and Moyes will once again have their hands full but also will have to chance to right the ship and get in the needed players for progression.