Adrian Clarke looks at key areas where each Premier League club can improve ahead of the 2019/20 season.
Manuel Pellegrini has a wealth of creative options heading into the new campaign.
West Ham are particularly missing a front man who poses an aerial threat.
Aside from winger Michail Antonio, the club’s forwards rarely attempted headed efforts on goal last season.
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With so many technical midfielders capable of clipping accurate balls into the box, it is vital the Hammers seek out a new target man.
If they can also add another striker noted for his pace and sharp runs, their attack will have the right kind of variety.
Pellegrini did not settle on a preferred full-back pairing in 2018/19.
Defensively they all struggled at times but they also lacked an end-product in the final third.
There was a particular shortfall in service from the right flank.
In a combined 35 starts, Zabaleta and Fredericks only produced 13 successful crosses.
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So while Pellegrini’s No 1 priority this summer may be to sign an attacker, one other area that can be improved at London Stadium is at full-back.
Tomorrow: Clarke on Leicester City