dailystar: It has been another season to forget for long-suffering West Ham fans.
After victory in three of their opening six Premier League games, the Hammers won just five of their 28 outings since and are mired in relegation trouble.
If truth be told, it is a minor miracle that they are not already in the bottom three after collecting just 20 points from their last 28 matches.
Manuel Pellegrini was sacked as manager and replaced by David Moyes, who himself had been dismissed two seasons ago when he was not deemed the right man to take the club forward.
After victory in his opening game, at home to fellow strugglers Bournemouth, the Scot has guided the Hammers to just two more wins in his next 14 league matches.
Yet there are talented players in the Hammers ranks who, should the club be relegated, are unlikely to stick around in the Championship.
The £37m French striker became West Ham’s club-record signing in the summer, and according to the stats website Whoscored.com, he has been their best-performing player this season.
Despite being starved of consistent service, Haller has netted seven goals and provided one assist, but is nowhere near the 20 goals he scored for Eintracht Frankfurt last season.
Having been capped seven times by England in 2019, it is almost certain Rice will be on his way should the Hammers lose their top-flight status.
The 21-year-old is usually deployed in a deep-lying midfield role, but is also played at the heart of the West Ham defence, as he was in the recent game against Wolves.
Chelsea are believed to be lining up a big-money move for Rice, while Manchester United are also monitoring his situation.
Prior to Haller, Anderson was the club’s £36m record signing after he arrived from Lazio in the summer of 2018.
The Brazilian scored 10 goals in his debut campaign, but his form has tailed off this term with the 27-year-old netting just once and providing four assists in 24 league appearances.
Having starred over five seasons at Lazio and still on the periphery of the Brazil national squad, Anderson would have no shortage of suitors this summer and West Ham would be keen to recoup some of his transfer fee.
Another big-money arrival in 2018, Diop signed for £22m from French side Toulouse.
The central defender quickly earned a glowing reputation in England, with then Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho praising his display against the Red Devils early that season as he ‘dominated’ Paul Pogba.
The former France Under-21 international is still just 23 and would surely be viewed as a solid long-term investment by many clubs if the Hammers drop down a division.
The Hammers splashed out another statement fee of £24m for Fornals, who penned a five-year deal after arriving from Villarreal.
The Spaniard’s two Premier League goals this campaign came in defeats – to Leicester and Liverpool respectively – and he has underwhelmed in the capital.
A talented and versatile midfielder, Fornals has not quite adapted to English football yet, and he is likely to be of interest to Spanish clubs should West Ham go down.
Source: published by dailystar