Date: 16th May 2019 at 3:45pm
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OPINION

West Ham have been unlucky this season.

The Hammers have fluctuated between the brilliant and the downright disheartening, but you can’t help feeling that they could have done a whole lot better had Manuel Pellegrini had a full squad to pick from during the best part of this campaign.

The Chilean took the helm last summer and oversaw a busy transfer window, bringing in a host of new talent as he made the first steps in a quiet revolution that was designed to help the Irons push for Europe.

Of those new additions, however, some have had some terrible luck wth injuries.

Jack Wilshere has been sidelined for large spells, Fabian Balbuena missed a good chunk of the season, and Carlos Sanchez has barely featured.

Another forgotten man is playmaker Andriy Yarmolenko.

The Ukrainian looked bright in the early part of the season, but hasn’t featured since October after rupturing an achilles tendon.

That’s a devastating injury, but the hope will be that he can come back and make a real impact next term.

If he can, he could save the Hammers millions.

You would expect another busy summer in East London, and a creative talent to help unpick defences in those tricky stalemates wouldn’t go amiss.

Yarmolenko could fill that role perfectly, meaning that Pellegrini doesn’t have to go looking for a new recruit.

If he can get himself back up to fitness, and back into the kind of form that convinced the Hammers to sign him in the first place, the 29-year-old will be like a new signing for the Irons.