11 Dec Football Manager 2019 West Ham: Team guide, building blocks, best young players & who to sell
Football Manager 2019 West Ham – Manuel Pellegrini’s arrival was met with a huge transfer war chest in the summer transfer window. Some of those new recruits include the ever-impressive Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko and Jack Wilshere, a player whom Pellegrini described as a ‘£100m player’.
Throw into the mix Marko Arnautovic, Issa Diop and Lukasz Fabianski and you have yourself a talented core squad, at least on paper. If you need to make another signing or two, you have at least £20m to spend on new recruits, so aiming to secure Europa League football should be realistic target.
PlugsvilleSport has put together this ultimate FM19 guide for you. We have listed West Ham’s starting finances, two key players to build around, two of the best young players and the players you should consider selling if you need to raise funds.
Starting Finances – Football Manager 2019 West Ham
Transfer Budget = £20.7m
Wage Budget = £100k/week
Building Blocks – Football Manager 2019 West Ham
Felipe Anderson (AML/AMC/AMR)
The Hammers pulled off something of a coup when they shelled out £36m to sign the former Lazio winger, because in real life, he is taken to life in the Premier League brilliantly.
Anderson is up there with the team’s best players, the type of winger who isn’t afraid to beat a defender and then produce a piece of magic thereafter. As well as laying on chances in FM19, he’s someone who could also chip in at least 10 league goals per season for many years to come.
Best Attributes – Dribbling (18), Flair (18), Technique (17), First Touch (16), Pace (16)
Marko Arnautovic (AMR/AML/ST)
A bit-part member of Inter’s historic treble-winning side, Arnautovic arrived in the Premier League with lofty expectations. In the five years since his arrival at Stoke, he is only scored more than 10 league goals in a season twice, but in the past eighteen months or so, he begun to realise some of that potential.
A 29-year-old with a starting value of £33m and few elite seasons behind him might present itself as someone who should be sold, but Arnautovic is finally reaching his best form and will be an integral part of any immediate success you have at the London Stadium.
Best Attributes – Acceleration (20), Pace (19), Work Rate (16), Natural Fitness (16), Stamina (15)
Best Young Players – Football Manager 2019 West Ham
Issa Diop (DC)
Diop is a 21-year-old French recruit from with two full seasons of first team Ligue 1 football under his belt. As well as that, he brings five-star potential to East London and is good enough to command a starting spot from get go, all of which makes him a key piece to build around in years to come.
Best Attributes – Jumping Reach (17), Tackling (16), Heading (16), Strength (16), Natural Fitness (16)
Reece Oxford (DC)
In real life, Pellegrini has made it clear that Oxford’s days at the London Stadium could be up soon. That the club are so willing to part ways with their once highly-rated youth product may speak of his shortcomings so far, but at 19, it’s too early to write him off.
Of West Ham’s young players, Oxford is one of better ones who could turn into a squad player under the right circumstances. At the very least, send him out on loan and see how he fares elsewhere, but giving up on him entirely seems a bit premature, given his potential.
Best Attributes – Jumping Reach (16), Pace (15), Tackling (15), Determination (15), Bravery (15)
Players To Consider Selling – FM19 West Ham
Michail Antonio (AMR)
Transfer Value – £14m
Wage – £70k/week
Contract Expiry Date – 2021
Age – 28
Robert Snodgrass (MR/ML)
Transfer Value – £10m
Wage – £40k/week
Contract Expiry Date – 2020
Age – 30