West Ham failed to sign a defensive midfielder this summer (yet again), leaving Carlos Sanchez as Declan Rice’s only back-up option.
Sanchez spent most of last season out injured after joining West Ham in summer 2018. The Colombian midfielder penned a two-year deal (expiring next summer) with staggering £70k-per-week wages (as per Claret & Hugh). It would be an understatement to say that he hasn’t justified those wages.
But what does the future hold for Sanchez? Hammers News takes a deeper look…
Sanchez: What does the future hold?
Sanchez is coming towards the final months of his two-year contract and there is no sign that his deal will be renewed. The 33-year-old is entering the last few years of his career and his form has not warranted talk about a new contract.
This season, Sanchez has stayed fit. But the veteran midfielder has only managed three Premier League outings, racking up a combined total of fewer than 15 minutes of action. He has, however, played the full 90 minutes in both of West Ham’s cup games.
Sanchez struggled in the cup against League One side Oxford United and he really does not look like the answer. If Rice suffers an injury, West Ham will be left worryingly short in the holding midfield department.
With just over half a season remaining on his contract, it is time to say goodbye to Sanchez. If a sensible offer comes in this January, West Ham should let the ex-Aston Villa man leave.
Coventry is the more prudent option
Sanchez is currently blocking Conor Coventry’s path to the first-team. Coventry has been playing for the U23s and providing consistent performances in the middle of the park.
The 19-year-old looks a real talent and many are backing him to follow Declan Rice’s example. But with Sanchez blocking his way, first-team chances have been limited. Sanchez is even getting game time in the cups while Coventry gets short cameos off the bench or remains as an unused substitute.
For the sake of the future, Manuel Pellegrini needs to start using Coventry. It is the more prudent option: Coventry is the long-term option in holding midfield while Sanchez will probably be gone next season.