West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini has more praise ringing in his ears.

The Chilean has been a breath of fresh air for West Ham this season.

His recruitment has, on the whole, been excellent. And despite a sticky start West Ham have European ambitions for the run-in.

The style of football is just what Hammers fans want to see too with an emphasis on attacking.

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Pellegrini has West Ham on an upward trajectory

The cherry on top has been Pellegrini’s willingness to give youth a chance in the first team.

Declan Rice is fast becoming the club’s most important player. Issa Diop is not far behind in central defence. Grady Diangana has been in and out of the side and Ben Johnson was handed his debut against Manchester City last week aged just 19.

That is not lost on another who hopes to follow a similar path into the first team, goalkeeper Nathan Trott.

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‘We’ve spoken a number of times’

The England stopper signed a new deal with West Ham on Monday. And he waxed lyrical about Pellegrini in his interview with the club’s official website.


“He (Pellegrini) has got a good relationship with the young players in the first team,” Trott told whufc.com.

“Me and him have spoken a number of times.

“He’s really encouraging. He tells you to be yourself and enjoy football, and just try not to think about it too much.

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‘Pellegrini gives you hope’

“He’s brought a lot of young players into the first team and gave them chances, so it’s a big boost for other young players.

“It gives them hope that they can do the same.”

It seems West Ham really do have the right man for the job this time.

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