Manuel Pellegrini says he trusts West Ham new boy Albian Ajeti 'a lot'

Manuel Pellegrini of West Ham United watches on from the dugout prior to the Premier League match between Watford FC and West Ham United at Vicarage Road on August 24, 2019 in Watford,...

West Ham United beat Watford 3-1 on Saturday afternoon.

Manuel Pellegrini of West Ham United watches on from the dugout prior to the Premier League match between Watford FC and West Ham United at Vicarage Road on August 24, 2019 in Watford,...

West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini has told Football.London that he trusts Albian Ajeti 'a lot' as he waits for his chance.

The Hammers made the short trip to Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon and came away with an impressive three points after brushing the Hornets aside.

Manuel Lanzini won an early penalty, with Mark Noble stepping up to give West Ham the lead, only for Andre Gray to bring Watford level.

 

However, West Ham did claim their win in the end though, as Sebastien Haller scored his first goals for the club, scoring twice to clinch all three points.

Haller's goals are a major boost, as getting the club-record signing off the mark quickly was important, especially after losing so many strikers this summer.

Marko Arnautovic, Lucas Perez, Andy Carroll and Jordan Hugill all moved on, and West Ham spent the majority of their budget on Haller, before then signing Ajeti as a cheap signing from Basel.

West Ham United's Albian Ajeti during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and West Ham United at American Express Community Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Brighton,...

Ajeti hit 21 goals last season as well as 11 assists, but he's yet to make his West Ham debut, as Haller is the main man and Javier Hernandez scored against Brighton last weekend.

Now, Pellegrini claims that he does trust Ajeti 'a lot' despite not playing him yet, whilst suggesting that he hasn't set Haller a target, and is happy with Haller, Hernandez and Ajeti as his attacking options.

“No,” said Pellegrini. “We have lost three strikers from last season with Lucas Perez, Andy Carroll ending his contract and Marko Arnautovic going to China. I worked with Mario Husillos to find a new striker, we had a lot of different names and finally we set for Haller. We have Albian Ajeti too, I trust him a lot,” he added.

Albian Ajeti of West Ham United during training at Rush Green on August 22, 2019 in Romford, England.

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