West Ham United play host to fellow capital outfit Fulham at the London Stadium on Friday evening, and their boss Manuel Pellegrini will have a plethora of attacking options to choose from for the contest.
The Hammers have been without a number of forward minded players throughout the course of the season, with a horrendous run of injuries depriving them of some huge stars for long periods of time.
As a result of that, West Ham have understandably struggled for consistency, so Pellegrini will be delighted that he will have the option of calling on a number of important players on Friday night.
The one man who Hammers fans will be eager to see back in the claret and blue shirt is Manuel Lanzini. The Argentina international has been out for the entire campaign so far, having suffered a nasty knee injury in preparation for the World Cup last summer.
Samir Nasri is another who has been out of Pellegrini’s plans in recent times and he is set to be available for the Chilean on Friday evening too, much to the delight of the West Ham boss.
“Yes, of course [it is good news], because in that position, all four playmakers who we have in our squad were injured – Wilshere, Nasri, Yarmolenko and Lanzini – so it’s difficult for a team when you have so many players in the same position. So, the return of both of them will be a good injection for the squad.” the Hammers official website quotes him as saying.
“Manu is coming back from a long injury so we are going to decide the best way for him to return to the team, starting from the beginning or coming on after some minutes.
“He is a player who gives you different things, he is very technical player, he is a fast player. If you review the last part of the last season at West Ham, Marko Arnautovic had a good performance but most of the goals also involved Manu Lanzini making good assists and good plays.”
With Felipe Anderson, Chicharito, Michail Antonio, Lucas Perez, Robert Snodgrass, Grady Diangana, Andy Carroll and Marko Arnautovic also available, Pellegrini finally has the selection headache he may have been craving for much of the campaign.