West Ham should target Brais Mendez instead of Samir Nasri

Brais Mendez of Spain runs with the ball during the international friendly match between Spain and Bosnia & Herzegovina at Estadio de Gran Canaria on November 18, 2018 in Las Palmas de...

Samir Nasri has been training with West Ham, however Manuel Pellegrini should be looking towards Celta Vigo’s Brais Mendez instead.

Brais Mendez of Spain  during the  UEFA Nations league match between Spain  v Bosnia and Herzegovina  at the Estadio de Gran Canaria on November 18, 2018 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Spain

New Spain international Brais Mendez should be who Manuel Pellegrini looks to bring to West Ham instead of Samir Nasri.

Nasri has been training for the Hammers according to the Evening Standard, with the hope of securing a contract with the East Londoners until the end of the season.

However, Celta Vigo’s in form playmaker Brais Mendez would be a much smarter acquisition for Pellegrini.

 

West Ham have lacked a creative spark since the loss of Manuel Lanzini to a long term injury.

Nasri has been viewed as a temporary fix to the problem, who would give the Hammers a much needed boost after a shaky start to the season.

Pellegrini’s side currently sit 13th in the table, and have also lost new signing Andriy Yarmolenko to injury, making a new addition to the squad vital.

Brais Mendez of Spain celebrates 1-0 with Jose Gaya of Spain  during the  UEFA Nations league match between Spain  v Bosnia and Herzegovina  at the Estadio de Gran Canaria on November 18,...

However, Spain’s latest star Brais Mendez would be a much better fit than former Arsenal star Nasri.

It took Mendez only 20 minutes to score on his international debut for Spain, netting the only goal of the game in a 1-0 victory against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Mendez has been in fine form for Celta Vigo in La Liga this season, with three goals and two assists in seven starts.

Compare that to 31-year-old Nasri however, who has been on an 18-month doping ban, and would also command much higher wages than Mendez, despite being a free transfer.

Samir Nasri of Manchester City prior to the International Champions Cup 2017 match between Manchester City and Real Madrid at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on July 26, 2017 in Los Angeles,...

Mendez is 10 years younger than Nasri and can play on the left, right, and centre of attacking midfield.

The Celta Vigo star likes to effect the game, regularly taking long shots, but also has the technical ability and intelligence to retain the ball with his passing.

Mendez is also a very tenacious player, often seen winning back possession before springing counter attacks, and should cope with the pace and physicality of the Premier League.

West Ham should certainly consider signing Mendez in the January transfer window, before his price tag rockets.

Brais Mendez of Celta de Vigo in action during the La Liga match between RC Celta de Vigo and Real Madrid CF at Abanca Balaidos Stadium on November 11, 2018 in Vigo, Spain

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