Manuel Pellegrini has decided against signing a left-back this summer because he is a “big fan” of Arthur Masuaku, according to reliable source ExWHUemployee.
The 25-year-old signed a contract extension with the Hammers that will keep him at the club until at least 2024 on Monday, as confirmed via their official Twitter, and it is understood that it was never his manager’s intention to seek a replacement during the current transfer window.
Writing on Twitter, Ex said: “Pellegrini is a big fan which is why he hasn’t looked at left-backs this summer”.
Masuaku can be an immensely frustrating figure. There have been times during his West Ham career when he has felt like a scapegoat, and perhaps deservedly so. His defending has, on occasion, looked borderline calamitous, and he hasn’t always offered a great deal in an attacking sense either. That being said, towards the end of last season, he began to look like a different player, and you can completely understand why Pellegrini has seen fit to put his faith in Masuaku and hand him a new deal. Over the course of last season, he recorded a pass rate of 83.3%, as well as averaging 2.5 tackles and 2.4 clearances per game [Whoscored]. It hasn’t always been easy for the 25-year-old, but he has grafted to get where he is today, and Pellegrini’s opinion of his capabilities is more than well-deserved.