West Ham are currently in Switzerland for pre-season. Manuel Pellegrini has taken his players to Switzerland after the summer break as he prepares for the 2019/20 season.
The club have released a number of pictures from the first training session in Switzerland. And it shows a number of fringe players who have been given a chance to shine in pre-season.
Pictured on the right of this image (alongside Mark Noble and Robert Snodgrass), forgotten man Jordan Hugill is captured having a drink with his Hammers team-mates.
The 27-year-old striker only scored seven goals on loan at Middlesbrough last season. But could the current striker situation give him one last chance at West Ham?
Lucas Perez and Andy Carroll have left, while Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic could follow. Can Hugill impress Pellegrini enough to add to his three West Ham appearances?
After an impressive season on loan at Oxford United, Marcus Browne is in West Ham’s pre-season squad. The 21-year-old (pictured on the far right here) is an attacking midfielder with plenty of flair. But can he convince Pellegrini to give him a chance at West Ham?
Joe Powell is also in Switzerland. The 20-year-old midfielder signed a one-year contract extension after his loan at Northampton Town ended. Powell is a promising left-footed midfielder who provided two assists on his debut against Macclesfield Town.
Sam Byram and Joseph Anang
In this image, with a picturesque mountain backdrop, is seven players. Alongside Hugill, Powell and first-team trio Andriy Yarmolenko, Noble and Jack Wilshere is two others.
Right-back Sam Byram spent last season on loan at Nottingham Forest but is now back at West Ham. He impressed at Forest despite missing seven months with injury. Whether that is enough to convince Pellegrini to keep him for competition with Ryan Fredericks, Pablo Zabaleta and Ben Johnson remains to be seen.
Joseph Anang is on the far right of the picture (wearing white). The 19-year-old is a talented young goalkeeper but he will currently be the fourth-choice (behind Lukasz Fabianski, Roberto and Dean Martin).
West Ham defender Ben Johnson is pictured here battling with Wilshere in a training match. The young right-back signed a long-term deal last season and could be set for a big campaign.
Johnson made his first-team debut last season. The 19-year-old was thrown into the deep end at Manchester City away and played well for just over an hour before limping off injured.
Next season, Johnson could be kept to provide cover for Fredericks, Byram and Zabaleta. Alternatively, West Ham might loan the teenage talent out.
West Ham starlet Reece Oxford has been given one last chance after returning from his loan at FC Augsburg. Pellegrini did not include the 20-year-old in his matchday squad last season so he faces a battle to convince the Hammers boss he is good enough.
The England U20 player operates at centre-back or as a holding midfielder – West Ham need reinforcements in both departments. If he sorts out his attitude, Oxford could save West Ham millions.
Nathan Holland is captured stretching with fellow winger Felipe Anderson. Holland made the bench last season but Pellegrini opted against giving him a run-out.
This could be a big season for the former Everton and England U19 man, who was the star man in the U23 squad last term. Holland scored twice and provided eight assists in just 11 Premier League 2 games.
Could this be the year that the 21-year-old – who signed a new contract last season – break into the first-team?