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When Manuel Pellegrini left Manchester City for the Chinese gravy train few saw his future at West Ham United.

Pellegrini was appointed by the Hammers to lead the club into a new era.

Backed with £100 million of signings the Chilean has been charged with changing the philosophy and style of a football club that has spent over two years without an identity and making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

And judging by the first two games West Ham won’t be a quick fix.

Fans realistic but West Ham look vulnerable

West Ham fans are a knowledgeable bunch.

They accept such wholesale changes will take time to bear fruit.

But there is no hiding the fact many supporters and pundits have raised concerns over Pellegrini’s tactics so far.

The Hammers have looked vulnerable in Pellegrini’s prefered 442 system.

Six goals shipped in two games is proof.

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Pep, Klopp and co have changed the face of the Premier League

Arsenal could have scored seven goals against Chelsea last time out and threaten to brutally expose Pellegrini’s system.


Hence it begs the question, are his tactics outdated?

He may have only been away for two years.

But in that time the Premier League has evolved beyond recognition because of the influx of the best managers.

The likes of Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte and Mauricio Pochettino have dictated a revolution in the way games are approached.

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Pellegrini naive or supremely confident?

It is admirable that Pellegrini believes in himself.

However his tactics have been criticised in the past, even during his successful spell at Manchester City.

If he refuses to adapt in the face of such obvious shortcomings from his West Ham side he will only feed criticism.

Get it right and he will be dishing out humble pie all round.

Therefore West Ham fans will be hoping the proof is in the pudding.