West Ham United’s incredibly uneven and disappointing season may lead to big changes this summer, and an El Tri star could help lead the way.
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A report from The Independent claims that West Ham is willing to sell any player for the right price this summer, and that it’s investigating players they studied in previous windows.
That includes Hector Herrera, the Mexican midfielder with an up-and-down start to his time with Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid.
Herrera turned 30 last month and has 74 caps with six goals for Mexico. He’s one of the most underappreciated players in the world — at least outside of CONCACAF and Portugal — having starred for Porto over six seasons. He was twice in Portuguese Primeira Liga’s Team of the Year, including the 2018-19 campaign.
He has a goal and an assist in just under 1200 minutes with Atleti. It took him a while to feature in the squad, but he broke through to make 12-straight league appearances before a muscle injury hampered his season in late January.
The Independent has been told that no West Ham players are considered “off-limits” this summer, including £45m club-record signing Sebastian Haller and Spanish midfielder Pablo Fornals. However, Declan Rice is set to remain in east London, with clubs unlikely to meet West Ham’s asking price considering the financial constraints of the coronavirus crisis.
There’s still something to be said about West Ham needing better leadership, though Manuel Pellegrini had trouble organizing the squad and he’s done it with even bigger egos to title-winning success at Man City.
Would Herrera fit in the Premier League? Almost absolutely, but we imagine Diego Simeone is appreciating the El Tri star quite a bit.