Arthur Masuaku suggested that Manuel Pellegrini is the first manager at the club who has helped him improve as a player, when speaking exclusively to the club’s official website.
The 25-year-old joined the Hammers from Olympiacos in the summer of 2016, for a fee believed to be worth £6 million, according to Sky Sports.
Masuaku played under Slaven Bilic when he first joined, and then David Moyes, before Pellegrini took over in the summer of 2018.
Whilst Bilic was a popular figure at the London Stadium, Moyes never had the support of the club’s fans.
It seems as though Masuaku was not a fan of either manager, however:
“Since I joined the Club, he is the first manager who I felt has helped me improve. He believes in me a lot. He always says to me that he believes in me, that I can give more than I’m giving now.”
Quite the put-down indeed.
The Democratic Republic of Congo international has been inconsistent since joining West Ham.
He has actually been more effective when utilised in a more advanced position for the Hammers.
And it will be interesting to see how much game-time he is given by Pellegrini this season.