It seems creative players are like London buses when it comes to West Ham United this season.

Injuries to Manuel Lanzini, Andriy Yarmolenko and Jack Wilshere have left the Hammers short for much of the campaign.

But as West Ham enter the run-in aiming for Europe Manuel Pellegrini suddenly has an abundance.

Lanzini is back and looking sharper with every game. Samir Nasri is waiting in the wings. Michail Antonio has been steadily getting  back to his best. Robert Snodgrass has been like a new signing and Felipe Anderson has been a star.

Yarmolenko could well come back into the mix ahead of schedule too while Pellegrini is refusing to rule Wilshere out for the season (FourFourTwo).

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Plethora of options makes transfer business clear

Whether it is enough to help the Hammers claim seventh spot – and a potential Europa League place – remains to be seen.

Come the summer, though, the plethora of creative options at Pellegrini’s disposal will make his transfer business perfectly clear.

With Grady Diangana to add to that mix it leaves the Chilean with EIGHT players for three attacking midfield roles.

With Anderson and Lanzini almost guaranteed starters when fit, that leaves six into one.

A good headache to have for the manager. And the selection burden will be eased if West Ham do manage to secure European football.

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What Pellegrini needs this summer

It also means the club can focus all its efforts on securing what is dearly needed for the Hammers to kick on.

Three new strikers and a left-back are a must.

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With Fredericks finally making an impression, Ben Johnson emerging and Pablo Zabaleta potentially staying on for another season the right back position is sorted.

A top class left-back is needed to really push the team forward.

Then there is the most important end of the pitch.

West Ham look likely to sell both Javier Hernandez and Lucas Perez in the summer. Perez has barely played since signing from Arsenal and has had a number of run-ins with his manager.

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All change as striker crossroads looms

Hernandez wants a move to La Liga and came close to joining Valencia in January.

Andy Carroll’s contract is up after six years and he will not be offered a new one.

Then there is Marko Arnautovic. Despite signing an improved deal after the China saga in January many feel his heart is no longer in it and he will leave for the right price in the summer.

Pellegrini has been linked with the likes of Maxi Gomez and Alexsandar Mitrovic. In truth they probably need both and to keep Arnautovic.

Should the Austrian leave another striker will be needed, and one with pace.

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers has been mentioned.

It certainly promises to be a summer of excitement as West Ham look to back Pellegrini by spending big again.