WEST HAM UNITED

Lucas Paqueta situation make West Ham nervous

West Ham United had a disappointing season in Premier league. However the club hopes to make big changes after they announced the sacking of their manager David Moyes. This was a shocking announcement for the squad. David Moyes helped West Ham United win their first silverware in recent years.

However he was criticized for the poor performances of the players in the late season. Even though some players like Mohammed Kudus, Lucas Paqueta gave hope to the fans the need for big changes was clear. West Ham United announced the signing of Julen Lopetegui as the replacement for David Moyes. Lopetegui’s appointment made it clear that the club is serious about next season. However the troubles continue after Lucas Paqueta situation came out.

Lopetegui has plenty of experience in managing big clubs like Real Madrid. The Spaniard also has experience in English football after managing Wolves for six months. In his six months stint at Wolves he performed nothing short of miracle. He managed to save them from relegation. After Lopetegui saved Wolves from relegation the obvious choice of the club should be to keep the manager.

However, he decided to leave the club after a clash with the management over transfers. Wolves had to sell majority of their players last season like Ruben Neves, Conor Coady, Adama Traore. After selling their core players the club did not sign suitable replacements. Instead they signed cost ineffective players who are struggling to find their foot in English football. Lopetegui after signing for West Ham United made his intention clear. David Moyes left an old and unbalanced squad for the next manager.

West Ham to sign youngster amid Lucas Paqueta situation

The first task for Julen Lopetegui as West Ham manager will be to get rid of extra players. So that the suitable signings can be made. It is also important to keep the core players of the squad for next season. After selling Declan Rice to Arsenal, we can see the club still struggling to replace the Englishman. Among all these players one player’s situation can be a little complicated. Lucas Paqueta has been charged by the FA in relation to four separate breaches of betting rules during his time with West Ham. We have seen this situation before with Sandro Tonali. The midfielder was given a eight months ban by FA due to betting allegations from his time at AC Milan. Lucas Paqueta was heavily linked with a move to Manchester City for a very long time now.

Since the news of his allegations came out the Manchester City have quiet down their interest. Arsenal are also one of the clubs linked with the Brazilian midfielder but there is no official news. According to several reports the London club could actually sue the 26-year-old for a ‘breach of contract’. Paqueta is under contract with West Ham until the summer of 2027.

Moreover this can be a challenging situation for Julen Lopetegui as the Brazilian was one of their key players. The need for making big signings will be more than ever now. According to A Bola, West Ham are eyeing a record £85 million move to sign Pedro Goncalves from Sporting CP this summer. However looking at the financial condition of the club this big move will need the departure of Lucas Paqueta. Lopetegui will also need to improve other areas of his squad.

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