first_imgThis is the tactic Pellegrini is likely to introduce at West Ham, with the signings made, and players targeted, fitting such a system.But how could the Hammers line-up when they open the Premier League season against Liverpool at Anfield? Look below to find out… ALTERED BIG PRESENTS UP TOP MIDFIELD: Andriy Yarmolenko, Jack Wilshere, Cheikhou Kouyate, Mark Noble, Dimitri Payet 9 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Ryan Fredericks will join West Ham when his Fulham contract expires at the end of June, linking up with exciting youngster Issa Diop, bought from Toulouse. Those two should quickly establish themselves as starters, with Fredericks providing an upgrade over Pablo Zabaleta at right-back simply due to his youth and ability to provide overlapping runs for a full 90 minutes, rather than the shorter period Zabaleta is restricted to. Arthur Masuaku has shown he is perfectly suited to this attacking full-back role on the left, and it does not appear West Ham are targeting any signings for this position, especially with Aaron Cresswell adequate back-up.For the second centre-back position, West Ham do have current options; Declan Rice has shown promise but does not consistently perform at the highest level, while Winston Reid and Angelo Ogbonna seem to have let their performance levels drop. Despite signing Diop, the Hammers have been linked with bringing another centre-half in, with a bid reportedly accepted by Corinthians for Fabian Balbuena.It may seem a risk to bring in a centre-half who has zero experience of European football in his entire career, but Balbuena, 26, is a Paraguay international, and is clearly being signed with a view to joining West Ham’s first-team. Pellegrini was confirmed as West Ham’s new manager, succeeding David Moyes, in May Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade If there is one group of fans who have a right to be excited ahead of the new Premier League season, it is those who support West Ham.The east London club have brought in a new manager with serious pedigree, Manuel Pellegrini, and have completed a number of signings early on in the transfer window. latest 9 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings revealed 9 Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Arnautovic started to excel as a centre forward under David Moyes towards the end of 2017/18, and his ability to drop deep and move out wide makes him a perfect fit for Pellegrini’s system. This is a position West Ham are well stocked, with Javier Hernandez more than capable of performing in the Premier League, even if he endured a tough debut campaign with West Ham. He has proven playing for Mexico at the World Cup that his hold-up play is exceptional, as long as his team-mates are supporting him in attack. Arnautovic is more suited to the matches in which he is likely to be isolated, as his ability to battle with opponents and chase down lost causes is a strength that should not be underestimated. West Ham have been making it a priority to improve their right midfield position, with deals for Felipe Anderson, of Lazio, and Andriy Yarmolenko in the works. Both players are great choices for Pellegrini’s system, as they can push high up the pitch as an out-and-out winger, or move centrally in a 4-2-3-1 and take up the No.10 role. With Dimitri Payet, who always looks to move centrally, on the left flank, Yarmolenko is the wiser choice on the right as he would prefer to hug the touchline than move inside, ensuring West Ham’s attacking play does not become too narrow.Jack Wilshere will reportedly be confirmed as a West Ham player this week now that he has departed Arsenal at the expiration of his contract. When fit and on form, Wilshere is a superb ball-carrying midfielder, who could fulfil the same role Yaya Toure had in Pellegrini’s Man City side. His job is to link play between defence and attack, moving into the final third and taking up a playmaking role when required. Capable of performing both in the centre and out wide, Wilshere has the kind of versatility that makes him perfectly suited to Pellegrini’s style of play. Pellegrini used a very versatile system, based on a 4-2-2-2, while in charge of Man City Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion On paper, these transfers look promising, with big money spent on young defender Issa Diop from Toulouse, Ryan Fredericks, the full-back, brought in on a free from Fulham, and a consistent goalkeeper, Lukasz Fabianski, finally able to be called upon.Pellegrini, a Premier League winner with Manchester City, left Hebei China Fortune in the CSL to take up the role with West Ham.He frequently used a 4-2-2-2 system while in charge of City, which could be quickly changed to a 4-2-3-1 if one of the strikers dropped deep, or to a 4-3-3 if a versatile wide player – such as Samir Nasri – moved centrally and one of the strikers took his previous position on the wing. 9 predicted center_img How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence 9 GOALKEEPER: Lukasz Fabianski Most read in Premier League Pellegrini has preferred a 4-1-4-1 in China, a system which is brilliantly flexible. It provides defensive solidity if the wingers stay deep, while if they push high up the pitch it basically transforms into the same 4-3-3 shape Pellegrini liked to utilise while Man City manager. West Ham’s current squad is well stocked with players suitable for the holding role, with Cheikhou Kouyate (above) perfect for the games when West Ham are playing a better team, due to his defensive capabilities, and Pedro Obiang better suited for the matches West Ham should dominate, as he is better on the ball and when tasked with dictating play.Mark Noble would provide the shuttling role in midfield, helping out in both defence and attack, while the aforementioned Payet – linked with a return to West Ham from Marseille – on the left would float around the final third looking for the space he needs to make an impact.One key benefit of many of these players is how well suited they are to playing various roles in Pellegrini’s system. Yarmolenko, Anderson, Wilshere, Payet and the injured Manuel Lanzini can all play out wide or through the centre, while even left-back Masuaku could be pushed into midfield – with Aaron Cresswell replacing him in defence – if Pellegrini wants direct wingers on either flank, rather than an asymmetrical system with one winger and one attacking midfielder who would look to cut inside.The versatility all these players possess, combined with the versatility in Pellegrini’s approach to the game, means the manager’s 4-1-4-1 system can fluidly change into a 4-2-3-1, a 4-3-3, or even the 4-2-2-2 he utilised with Man City, dependant upon the players selected and how West Ham are approaching a specific match. SORRY Pellegrini has preferred a base system of 4-1-4-1 in China, though he still remains versatile 9 This could be West Ham’s line-up in the base 4-1-4-1 tactic Fabianski was confirmed as West Ham’s third signing of the summer last month, joining the club from relegated Swansea City. Despite keeping goal for a team who fell out the top flight, with 56 goals conceded in 38 games, Fabianski was rated as one of the Swans’ most valuable players in 2017/18. He was always considered a liability while playing for Arsenal, but since joining Swansea in 2014 Fabianski has established himself as one of the most reliable glovesman in the top flight. At 33, he is still relatively young for a goalkeeper, so should provide a number of years of top class service to West Ham, starting with 2018/19. predicted The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 9 smart causal gameday cracker 9 FORWARD: Marko Arnautovic silverware DEFENCE: Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuena, Arthur Masuaku Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 9 Pellegrini’s system can fluidly become a 4-2-3-1, a 4-3-3 or a 4-2-2-2last_img