Adrian Clarke looks at the impact January signings will have at their new clubs.
West Ham United have made great strides since losing their opening four Premier League matches of the season. But Manuel Pellegrini was right to recognize his side was still short on creativity in the absence of the injured Manuel Lanzini.
Anderson, with 29 key passes from open play, and Arnautovic, with 21, have carved out more chances between them than the next five most inventive team-mates combined.
So it made sense that Pellegrini saw fit to bring free agent Samir Nasri into his squad.
The Frenchman has always been capable of unlocking the door of opponents.
|Creativity||West Ham||PL rank|
|Open-play chances created||152||13|
|Big chances created||33||11|
|Shots from open play||194||14|
Nasri has already added more unpredictability to the West Ham forward line.
The 31-year-old's composure and awareness was in evidence as he teed up three terrific chances with short passes in tight areas around the box, including his assist for the winner by Declan Rice.
His movement also made him elusive, especially when he and Anderson swapped positions.
With Nasri in the same starting XI as the Brazilian, the Hammers have a far more interchangeable and fluid style.
This should in theory help them open up space for a greater number of shots.
In his first two starts, he has failed to last beyond 71 minutes, but as Nasri gradually reacclimatises to the Premier League his fitness will improve.
He may have had a 13-month absence from competitive football, but the former France international still has star quality in the final third and has emerged as the right signing at the right time for West Ham.