Manuel Pellegrini seems to have confirmed the fears of West Ham United fans ahead of the summer transfer window.
West Ham’s divisive owners earned a reprieve from Hammers fans last summer.
First David Sullivan and David Gold appointed title-winning boss Manuel Pellegrini.
Then they backed him with an unprecedented £100million spend.
It was the kind of transfer business supporters had been promised after moving from their beloved Upton Park to the London Stadium.
Hammers fans sceptical over spending
Supporters have been sceptical that the summer splurge would prove to be a one-off.
And recent reports have claimed Pellegrini will be handed a paltry £25million transfer budget this summer.
West Ham insider EXWHUemployee confirmed the rumours. The anonymous Twitter and radio personality claims that is the case with player sales needed to generate any further funds.
Now Pellegrini has warned West Ham simply cannot compete for top players in the transfer market (whufc.com).
Pellegrini makes admission
“When I started in Villarreal 15 years ago maybe the amount of money (paid for) big players was not so high, so now the big teams in this period have more advantage,” Pellegrini told whufc.com.
“Especially here in the Premier League, all the teams have money to bring in good players.
“Maybe the six biggest teams have a little bit more difference now, but you can have good players and if you work hard you can have a good team.”
Reality check but not such a bad thing
Pellegrini’s comments are effectively a reality check for fans ahead of the summer.
But that may not be a bad thing.
West Ham will be forced to shift some deadwood and be more creative in the transfer market.
After all that is the whole point of having Mario Husillos in place as director of football.
West Ham will be looking to find young, hungry players who can make their names in East London.
And that is surely better than paying well over the odds in fees and wages to ageing, injury-prone stars who have seen better days like Javier Hernandez and Jack Wilshere.