Manuel Pellegrini will be officially unveiled as West Ham boss in the next 24 hours — with his squad predicting they’ll “soar” up the Premier League under him.
The Hammers have spent big this summer on seven new players – and new boy Ryan Fredericks insists is it “exciting” times.
Pellegrini will speak on Tuesday about his hopes for the new season after taking over from David Moyes — who guided the club away from relegation after arriving midway during a tough season that saw Slaven Bilic sacked.
A new striker is on the radar too, with Corinthians’ Paraguay star Angel Romero being eyed.
West Ham broke their transfer record to sign Felipe Anderson in a £42million earlier this summer and he joins fresh talent Andriy Yarmolenko, Jack Wilshere, Lukasz Fabianski, Fabian Balbuena, Issa Diop and Fredericks in arriving.
The pressure is on Pellegrini — who won three trophies in as many years at Manchester City, including the title — to deliver immediate success, starting with a top-half finish this season, after such a recruitment splurge.
Defender Fredericks, who arrived as a free agent from promoted Fulham, says he and the other new boys are gelling and has been impressed during pre-season friendlies, particularly with former Arsenal playmaker Wilshere.
He said of the England international: “Jack (Wilshere) is going to help us soar up the table.
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“He is a classy player. We all know the quality he’s got. He’s been in and out with injuries, so hopefully we’ll keep him fit all season.”
“I’m settling in really well. The lads are great here and I’ve got no complaints at all. It’s a massive club. I’m buzzing to be here. I just want to use pre-season to get fitter and fitter, and hopefully I can do the business on the pitch as well.”
The right-sided defender is looking forward to combining with Yarmolenko in attack on his flank and said: “Yarmo is an exciting player. I think we complement each other quite well.
“He can go one-v-one and also come inside and link the play and I can get around him and leave him to do his bits one-v-one.
“We’ve both got a bit of pace, so we look like we could show a little combination down that side.”
A rejuvenated Marko Arnautovic has also been in pre-season scoring form, and Fredericks said: “Marko is an animal!
“I didn’t realise how big he was until I got here.
“He just holds people off for fun, he’s got a great touch and he can do bits of magic like he did at Preston at the weekend.
“It is exactly what you need to be challenging at the right end of the table.
“You need top forward players, and that’s what we’ve got.”