West Ham have a big decision to make this summer regarding the future of Fabian Balbuena.
The 29-year-old is out of contract at the London Stadium in the summer.
The Hammers signed ‘The General’ from Corinthians in the summer of 2018, for a fee believed to be worth £6.5 million, according to Sky Sports.
Balbuena made a fine start to life in England but his form dropped off last season.
The Paraguay international returned to somewhere near his best this term when he forced his way back into the side after Issa Diop was ruled out for two weeks with Covid.
Unfortunately for Balbuena, however, he once again lost his place in David Moyes’s starting XI with Craig Dawson proving his worth.
West Ham have big Fabian Balbuena decision to make
The Hammers must now decide whether to offer the 29-year-old a new deal or not.
Balbuena, who earns £45k-a-week according to Football League FC, has proven this season that he still has a lot to offer West Ham.
The problem is that he will be 30 in August. So do the Hammers commit to paying the Paraguayan’s wages for another two or three years?
Or would we be better off just cutting our losses and losing the centre-back for nothing in five months time?
Much will depend on whether we sign Craig Dawson on a permanent deal in the summer.
The 30-year-old has clearly impressed David Moyes. If the Watford-owned defender remains at the London Stadium on a permanent basis, Balbuena’s future at the club will be bleak.
And if Issa Diop stays at West Ham this summer, it may well be best for the Paraguay international to move on in search of pastures new at the end of this season.