This summer, Manuel Pellegrini will have to make decisions on four players’ futures. West Ham have four players whose contracts will expire at the end of the season.
Here are West Ham’s four out-of-contract players and our verdict on whether they should be offered fresh terms.
Adrian has been a fan favourite at West Ham since his 2013 move from Real Betis. With over 150 appearances to his name for the Hammers, he will be fondly remembered.
The popular Spaniard will go down in folklore at West Ham for scoring the winning penalty in a cup shoot-out against Everton, throwing off his gloves before finding the net.
But this season, the 32-year-old has found himself below Lukasz Fabianski in the pecking order and has been limited to cup appearances.
Verdict: Release. For the sake of his own career, Adrian should be allowed to leave and return to Spain. He could finish his career with regular playing time elsewhere.
Andy Carroll’s time at West Ham has been plagued with injuries, limiting him to less than 150 West Ham games in seven seasons.
The 30-year-old is a real handful on his day, using his physical stature to provide an aerial presence. But with just one goal this season, the ex-England international’s time at West Ham could be coming to an end.
Verdict: Release. It is time for West Ham and Carroll to part ways. Given his wages and injury record, it is simply not worth extending his deal.
West Ham signed free agent Samir Nasri in January after he impressed Pellegrini in training. The Frenchman worked with Pellegrini at Manchester City but there were concerns about whether he would be the same player.
But the 31-year-old has silenced any critics with some impressive performances, including a game-changing cameo against Huddersfield Town last weekend.
Nasri now has two assists to his name in five Premier League matches but his short-term deal expires soon.
Verdict: Keep. Nasri has proven that he still has the technical ability to be a useful midfield option for the Irons and an extension would be sensible.
Pablo Zabaleta joined West Ham in summer 2017, penning a two-year deal after leaving Man City. He has since reunited with Pellegrini at The London Stadium.
The ex-Argentina international’s experience has been useful but he has recently lost his place to Ryan Fredericks.
With his contract expiring, there are a few options available: retirement, coaching, continue playing abroad or remaining at West Ham.
Verdict: Keep. It is clear Zabaleta is not the player he once was but his experience is invaluable. Fredericks will learn lots by keeping the 34-year-old as his back-up option.