West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has said that three of his summer signings, including Albian Ajeti, needs to be integrated into the squad. Speaking to whufc.com, Pellegrini confirmed that Ajeti, Pablo Fornals and Sebastien Haller need more games to adjust to life in England.
Ajeti was brought in on deadline day to complete West Ham’s striker department. After the departures of Marko Arnautovic, Jordan Hugill, Lucas Perez and Andy Carroll, Ajeti was a much-needed late-summer addition.
The Switzerland international is yet to make his first-team debut. He was left out of the season opener against Manchester City and was an unused substitute against Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend. But he will be hoping to make an impact once Pellegrini decides he is ready.
Manuel Pellegrini on Albian Ajeti
West Ham boss Pellegrini was discussing his squad options as he tries to find his best team. New signings Fornals, Haller and Ajeti cropped up in conversation but he feels they all need more time to settle.
Pellegrini told whufc.com: “We need to integrate Fornals, we need to integrate Haller and Ajeti so that we have different options and that will be positive, but maybe we need more games to see the best way to play.”
What can we expect from Albian Ajeti?
Ajeti is a proven goalscorer in the Swiss league. He will be hoping to take his Basel form to the Premier League. The 22-year-old is young and raring to go but he might need some time to adjust.
Pellegrini might allow Ajeti to play some U23 games before he graduates to the first-team. But with Haller out injured, West Ham might need Ajeti sooner rather than later.