Sam Inkersole has revealed that West Ham United have big hopes for striker Albian Ajeti and his future at the London Stadium.
The Football.London journalist admitted that despite a quiet start to life at the Hammers, the former Basel man will be given time to come good by Manuel Pellegrini.
Inkersole shared that although there are high hopes for Ajeti, club-record signing Sebastien Haller is in position to lead the line for many years to come in East London.
“The club has big hopes for the future for Albian Ajeti despite his quiet start in east London, he’s got time to come good,” he wrote on Monday.
The 22-year-old has had to settle for only 16 minutes of action in the Premier League this season, with his only two starts coming in the Carabao Cup.
With Haller having hit the ground running for West Ham, Ajeti will be forced to wait even longer to make an impact at the London Stadium. The Switzerland international failed to impress in the Carabao Cup against both Newport County and Oxford United and missed out on the opportunity to open his account for the club against lower league opposition. The 22-year-old even failed to show his skill in his 16 minutes of action in the Premier League, finishing the game with a 50% pass success rate according to WhoScored, not the sort of thing that will catch the attention of Pellegrini. Ajeti has the cushion that he will be given time to settle in, but he must start taking his chances if he is given them, with Haller continuing to find the back of the net for the Hammers. The Frenchman has been the standout West Ham player already this season, and Ajeti will need to replicate his teammate if he is to ever replace him in the near future.