The current underperforming West Ham side has not been aided much so far by Manuel Pellegrini’s summer recruitment drive.

While there is plenty of time for the summer spending spree to come good, we’ve taken a look at three Hammers of yesteryear who may have been able to rectify some of Pellegrini’s current issues.

We’ve tried to be realistic, and deal with specific problems, as opposed to throwing in absolute legends. Take a look…

Julian Dicks

The first thing the Hammers need right now is some raw passion; Dicks had it in abundance.

Also, left-back Aaron Cresswell has been among the worst performers so far for Pellegrini’s man, and Dicks would walk in front of him in the side right now.

He would certainly shake up a defence that is still leaky despite the change of manager and get the fans back onside too.


Javier Mascherano

LONDON – SEPTEMBER 14: Javier Mascherano (R) of West Ham is pursued by Andrea Caracciolo of Palermo during the UEFA Cup first round, first leg match between West Ham United and Palermo at Upton Park on September 14, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

This is is a slightly rogue choice, because the Argentine didn’t show his best form in a Hammers jersey.

However, West Ham have been crying out for an elite, disciplined holding midfielder since before Pellegrini took over and that is still the case.

Against Bournemouth, there was a chasm in front of the Hammers defence and a top holding player like Mascherano could make all the different. He is good technically too, so he’d fit right in.

Dimitri Payet

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 06: Dimitri Payet of West Ham during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between West Ham United and Manchester City at London Stadium on January 6, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill – AMA/Getty Images)

Another controversial shout, but when the chips are down, the one thing that can get an under-fire manager and side out of trouble is individual genius.

Paulo di Canio could have been given the nod here, but Payet seems more apt given his ability to play out wide. Pellegrini’s wingers have struggled so far, but Payet – on top form – would add another dimension.

His set-piece ability would also be handy to buy a goal or two for a side that is not creating much from open play.

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