Pellegrini knows it will be a juggling act to keep players happy at West Ham

Manuel Pellegrini admits his biggest problem at West Ham could be keeping all his players happy.

The Hammers have splashed almost £100million on nine summer signings including Lucas Perez, Andriy Yarmolenko, Jack Wilshere and Felipe Anderson.

But with a bloated first-team squad now totalling 29 players, new boss Pellegrini faces some tough decisions with some squad members likely to be disappointed.

“Maybe it is one of the most difficult things for a manager because all of them want to play,” he said.

“If there is a better player, then there is more problems. But for me it is more difficult when you don’t have players, when you just have XI, when you don’t have any problems, when you just choose exactly the same XI every week.

“But that is impossible for the amount of games, for the injuries that players have. For me as a manager it is easier to have more good players, and some of them must wait, but to have that option to change.

John Nicoll

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