West Ham squad assessment: Who should they keep, who should they sell?

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West Ham squad assessment: Who should they keep, who should they sell?

West Ham had a solid 2021/22 campaign. They would miss out on the Europa League final and slipped down to 7th in the Premier League. However, they still have European football next term and are expected to continue to battle the top six under David Moyes.

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However, it is obvious that West Ham need a good summer to continue fighting at their current level.

Now, ahead of the summer window officially opening, 101 have taken a look at every senior West Ham player and decided if they should be kept or sold.

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Goalkeepers

Alphonse Areola

Was a useful back-up option and did well in Europe but is now set to return from his loan to PSG and is probably not worth the fee he will demand as he would not be the Hammers’ no.1

Verdict: Keep

Lukasz Fabianski

Remains a solid option for West Ham even if he is coming to the end of his career.

Verdict: Keep

Darren Randolph

A great third-choice with plenty of Premier League experience.

Verdict: Keep

Defenders

Ben Johnson

Really come into his own over the last several months, Johnson is a great back-up for Coufal and his ability to play left-back is useful.

Verdict: Keep

Ryan Fredericks

Out of contract at the end of June and there is little benefit to keeping him as he would only be the Hammers’ third-choice right-back.

Verdict: Sell

Vladimir Coufal

Continues to excel for the Hammers, should be kept at all costs.

Verdict: Keep

Kurt Zouma

One of West Ham’s best central defenders when fit enough. Must be kept.

Verdict: Keep

Issa Diop

Another solid centre-back option when his is available.

Verdict: Keep

Craig Dawson

Has the odd error in him but he remains a quality centre-back who has shone both domestically and in Europe.

Verdict: Keep

Angelo Ogbonna

Given his age and injury issues it may have been time to move the Italian on this summer. However, given West Ham’s lack of options in this area, it may be worth keeping him around.

Verdict: Keep

Arthur Masuaku

Not up to the quality required for a side who have European ambitions.

Verdict: Sell

Aaron Creswell

Solid left-back with an excellent set-piece delivery. Should continue to shine with some proper competition.

Verdict: Keep

Midfielders

Declan Rice

He is obviously West Ham’s MVP and must be kept at the club. If not, they have to get a premium fee for him.

Verdict: Keep

Tomas Soucek

A great partner for Rice, offering an aerial threat at both ends of the pitch.

Verdict: Keep

Alex Kral

Decent back-up option for Rice and Soucek but will need some more help covering in midfield now Mark Nobel has gone.

Verdict: Keep

Nikola Vlasic

Has been less than impressive since his move to east London. He scored just one and assisted just three in 36 games last term. He must be sold and improved upon if West Ham want to continue pushing for Europe.

Verdict: Sell

Pablo Fornals

A creative player who is pretty versatile and able to play across the midfield line.

Verdict: Keep

Manuel Lanzini

Like Vlasic, Lanzini simply hasn’t shown enough quality to warrant staying at West Ham now they are a top-seven team.

Verdict: Sell

Forwards

Said Benrahma

Blows hot and cold in terms of form but he is creative, has a goal in him and can operate up front.

Verdict: Keep

Jarrod Bowen

With 12 goals and 12 assists in 36 league games in 2021/22, it is easy to see why the likes of Liverpool have been showing an interest in Bowen. He is West Ham’s biggest attacking threat and the main reason they secured 7th place last season.

Verdict: Keep

Michail Antonio

Injury and age does look to be catching up with Antonio. However, he still scored 13 and assisted 11 in 47 games last campaign. Should be kept but West Ham really need to bring in a second striker this summer.

Verdict: Keep

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