Pellegrini looking to youth

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 18th June 2018

Manuel Pellegrini has revealed that he is hoping to bring more players through to the first team via the Academy.

The new manager will be working under heavier financial constraints at West Ham than he may have been used to at previous clubs such as Real Madrid and Manchester City.

And as a result, Pellegrini wants to mazimise the potential available at Rush Green, where Academy director Terry Westley is current charged with driving players towards the first team.

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"In all the other clubs I worked with before, the young players were very important," said Pellegrini. "So, I think we are going to try to have the same style of football.

"My technical staff and I want to see all the young players from the Academy, because I know it is very famous and very important. I hope that in the next three years we can bring a lot of young players through to the first team."

Pellegrini, whose sole signing since being appointed as the club's latest manager was the capture of right back Ryan Fredericks from Fulham confirmed that he is looking to introduce additional defenders during the current transfer window.



However he inissted that both he and Director of Football Mario Husillos will continue to seek to strengthen all areas of the squad, where there is evidence of a lack of necessary quality.

"I will work hard with the director of football to try to make a very strong squad," added Pellegrini. "We have time over the next two months to see which better players we can bring here.

"Maybe people are thinking about defenders, because last season West Ham had the worst defensive record in the league. So we must address that, but we must also have a balanced squad - and not just a team."

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