Samir Nasri

Why West Ham signing Samir Nasri could work in their favour

West Ham United are quite slim in terms of attacking options and to remedy that, they completed the expected signing of Samir Nasri. Nasri was serving an 18-month ban owing to a doping suspension which involved him receiving micronutrients during an intravenous  Drip treatment. Nasri didn’t have a club since leaving Turkish outfit Antalyaspor and had been training with West Ham in the London Stadium.

Despite having spent a whopping £93m in the summer, West Ham haven’t been able to improve upon their last year’s performance. Signing someone as versatile as Nasri who can not only play on either flank but can also be deployed as a central attacking midfielder can prove to be a very flexible option.

With Andriy Yarmolenko spending a long time on the sidelines due to the injury, and the other options not having worked on a consistent basis, it could be well worth the risk of signing someone as experienced as the 31-year-old Frenchman.

Nasri is certainly talented but his attitude would surely be under scrutiny. The London club undoubtedly has talented players but they have been very injury prone which has thwarted any attempt of a full-scale revival in terms of playing good football on a consistent basis.

Pellegrini too seemed a little sceptical of Samir Nasir’s signature but if he is able to get the best out the midfielder in terms of consistency, it would definitely be worth it.

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Pellegrini seemed very keen on signing the former Arsenal and Manchester City player, having worked with him at the Etihad where they won the league.

His best season too came under Pellegrini where he scored 7 goals and provided 5 assists and their relationship could help him integrate with the West Ham squad.

West Ham made a big mistake in signing Jack Wilshere on the three-year deal who has been injured for the majority of his time at the club but they have been very cautious this time around.  Samir Nasri is signed initially on a six-month deal, with City having an option to extend his contract by a year.

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There is a feeling of scepticism around the club with this particular signing which is completely valid since it is definitely a gamble on the part of the Chilean manager. There is little to lose from this deal for West Ham and a lot to gain if it all works out in favour of the Irons.

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