West Ham United striker Lucas Perez looks set for the exit.
West Ham United lost 2-1 at Manchester United on Saturday evening despite having the better of the game at Old Trafford, falling to two penalties.
The Hammers just didn’t have the cutting edge to take advantage of all their possession and chances, summing up just why West Ham need to be in the market for strikers this summer.
Manuel Pellegrini may need to offload some strikers before bringing new ones in, and whilst it’s looking bleak for Andy Carroll and Marko Arnautovic, the same can now be said of Lucas Perez.
A bargain signing from Arsenal last summer, Perez was more of a punt than a guaranteed source of goals, and with just four Premier League starts, he hasn’t exactly had the best season.
The 30-year-old Spaniard wasn’t even in the squad for the trip to Old Trafford, and Football.London now report that it wasn’t for an injury – merely left out for selection reasons.
Even with Marko Arnautovic out of the side, Perez wasn’t selected, and youngsters Nathan Holland and Grady Diangana were named on the bench instead.
If there was any doubt, the writing is now surely on the wall for Perez. He’s clearly not featuring in Pellegrini’s plans at the London Stadium, and a cut-price exit this summer seems inevitable.
His signing was a low-cost punt that hasn’t really paid off, and a return to Spain may well be on the horizon after Pellegrini’s latest snub.