In this Football Manager 2019 West Ham team guide, we will explore the club in close detail to provide you with information to help you at the start your FM19 West Ham United save.
West Ham is one of the mid-table sides which are looking to close the gap on the top six teams, this has been difficult over the past few seasons, but with a few tweaks to the team, it could be possible.
West Ham has an excellent stadium, loyal fan base and is a very well run club, so they should have the finances to start pushing for a higher league finish.
Similar to last season, the West Ham board want to achieve a mid-table finish.
West Ham has a very strong squad which should have no problem achieving a mid-table finish, however, if you can make a couple of new additions and you get the tactics right, you could be the club which breaks into the top six.
Similar with other clubs in the premier league, the cup competitions are not the priority and will inevitably only be used to rotate the squad and keep players happy, however, West Ham are not likely to win silverware in the league, so winning silverware in the cup would be good for the club.
Transfer & Wage budget
Transfer Budget: £12.25M
Wage Budget: £2.07M (£101K remaining)
West Ham has already spent £95M on transfers with Issa Diop (£22M), Felipe Anderson (£36M) and Andriy Yarmolenko (£18M) being the main players signed.
Therefore, West Ham only has a transfer budget of £12.25M and wage budget of £101K remaining.
However, there are still a few players which you could sign within the budget which would be very useful.
Felipe Anderson – (CA 155 – PA 159)
The £36M transfer of Felipe Anderson is a record amount for West Ham and is a very exciting player for the club to have signed.
Anderson is an attacking player, who can naturally play on either wing or a central position.
Anderson is a quick player who is great at dribbling, with plenty of agility and flair.
Anderson will be a key player in the West Ham team this season and should create plenty of chances for his teammates.
Anderson is 25 years old and could still improve in the future, with a potential ability of 159.
Best Attributes – Flair (18), Dribbling (17), Technique (17), Acceleration (16), Pace (16).
Marko Arnautovic – (CA 153 – PA 155)
Marko Arnautovic joined West Ham for £20M in 2017/18 and had a productive season scoring 11 goals in 31 league appearances.
Arnautovic is an attacking player who can naturally play as a winger or striker and would probably be best suited as a striker for West Ham.
At 29 years old Arnautovic is in his prime years and if played as a striker who could easily have a 20+ goal season.
Best Attributes – First Touch (18), Technique (18), Flair (18), Dribbling (16), Balance (16).
Declan Rice – (CA 141 – PA 180)
Declan Rice is an English wonderkid who has come through the youth system as West Ham, with 2017/18 being his break out season.
Rice can naturally play as a central defender or defensive midfielder, being equally effective in both positions.
Rice is only 19 years old and is already a very good player who will play a big role in the West Ham team this season.
He also has bags of potential and will be a world-class player in a few seasons.
Best Attributes – Determination (17), Composure (16), Tackling (15), Positioning (15), Work Rate (15).
West Ham has a history of having talented young players come through their team youth system and the current batch of youngsters are no different and with Great youth facilities, the future should be no different.
here are some of the young players with the potential to be regular first-team players in the future.
Reece Oxford – (CA 122 – PA 160)
Reece Oxford is currently on loan to FC Augsburg for the whole season and won’t be available for West Ham until the following season.
Oxford is naturally a central defender, but can also play further forward in a defensive midfielder role.
He is a tall player who is strong in the air with 16 Jumping Reach and has good physical attributes with good Acceleration and Pace for a central defender.
Oxford is only 19 years old and would be a good backup player for the West Ham first team and with a potential ability of 160, so could become a leading defender in the Premier League.
Best Attributes – Jumping Reach (16), Tackling (15), Pace (15), Marking (14), Passing (13).
Sead Haksabanovic – (CA 110 – PA 130-160)
Sead Haksabanovic is on loan to Swedish side IFK Norrköping in the first season and would most likely benefit from a season-long loan in the second season also.
After a second season out on loan, Haksabanovic should be ready to start playing in matches for the senior West Ham team.
Haksabanovic is a winger who likes to cut inside from the left-wing and shoot from distance, although he is a shorter player at only 5’8″, He has good attributes for a winger and with a potential ability of 160, he could become a leading player in the first team.
Best Attributes – Flair (15), First Touch (14), Technique (14), Long Shots (14), Determination (14).
Ajibola Alese – (CA 90 – PA 130-160)
Ajibola Alese is a 17-year-old product of the West Ham youth academy and currently play in the under 23s team.
Alese is an exciting young prospect who naturally plays as a left-sided central defender.
Alese is currently not good enough to play in the senior team so sending him out on loan might help him gain more experience.
With a potential ability of 160, Alese has the potential to improve into a decent premier league player in the future.
Best Attributes – Natural Fitness (16), Decisions (14), Marking (13), Acceleration (13), Jumping Reach (13).
Players to consider selling
Carlos Sánchez – (CA 132 – PA 143)
Carlos Sanchez is a new signing at West Ham United, having only just signed for £3.9M from Fiorentina.
However, Sanchez is 32 years old and is a West Ham squad player at best.
He is valued at £8M and therefore would be possible to receive a good amount of money for selling him.
Wage: £50K p/w
Expected transfer value: £5M+
Sam Byram – (CA 122 – PA 145)
Sam Byram is currently on loan to Nottingham Forest for the first team and won’t be available for West Ham until the second season.
When he returns he will be the third choice right-back and is not likely to get many games for the senior team.
Byram is worth around £7.5M and you should be able to get most of this if you decide to sell him, not to mention the £30K per week you’ll save on his wages.
Wage: £30K p/w
Expected transfer value: £7.5M
Winston Reid – (CA 134 – PA 147)
Winston Reid is still a very good defender who could do a job for most teams in the Premier League,
However, he is no longer one of the first-choice central defenders, with Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena being better options.
Also at 29 years old, he only has a season or two left in him prime and therefore could make this the best time to sell him.
Reid is worth £21.5M, so selling him could really help inject a good amount of money into your transfer budget
Wage: £70K p/w
Expected transfer value: £15M+
Players to consider signing
West Ham could really do with a striker who is able to get 30 goals per season.
Therefore we suggest you either go all out and spend as much as you can on a world-class striker, or you look to sign a Wonderkid who could be world-class within a few seasons.
Here are some players who would be good signings for West Ham United;
Moise Kean – (CA 120 – PA 150/180)
Moise Kean is an Italian player who currently plays for Juventus Under-20s, He can Naturally play as an Attacking Midfielder (Left) or as a Striker.
Kean is an 18-year-old Wonderkid who already has a current ability good enough to play a big part in the West Ham team and would be an excellent signing
With a potential ability of 180, he could improve to become one of the best players in the Premier League.
If you want to sign Kean you may need to be a little creative with the transfer as you are unlikely to have the budget available.
Best Attributes – Natural Fitness (18), Determination (15), Off The Ball (15), Agility (15), Finishing (14).
Wage: £17.5K p/w
Expected Transfer Cost: £45M+
Expected Wage: £50K p/w+
Willem Geubbels – (CA 105 – PA 150/180)
Willem Geubbels is another Striker who would be an excellent signing for West Ham.
The French Striker is a 16-years-old Wonderkid however, he would need at least a season of experience before being good enough to be the main striker for West Ham.
Geubbels is has a potential ability of 180 and with the right guidance, he has the potential to be one of the best strikers in the Premier League.
Best Attributes – Flair (15), Acceleration (14), Pace (14), Determination (14), Agility (13).
Wage: £7.75K p/w
Expected Transfer Cost: £50M+
Expected Wage: £50K p/w
Mauro Icardi – (CA 170 – PA 177)
Mauro Icardi is an Elite Striker who could be exactly what West Ham need, He has all the attributes required for a world-class striker, which 19 Finishing being a particular highlight.
Icardi would be an expensive signing, with Inter Milan likely to demand £70M+ for his services.
However, he is still an achievable transfer target if you can sell some players to raise funds and if you’re clever with how you structure the transfer offer.
Best Attributes – Off The Ball (20), Finishing (19), Anticipation (19), Heading (18), Composure (18).
Wage: £145K p/w
Expected Transfer Cost: £75M+
Expected Wage: £200K p/w
FM19 West Ham First Team Squad
|Oskar Buur||20||D (R)||105||150||£2M||2,000,000||£5,000|
|Matt Doherty||26||D (R)||139||145||£18.25M||18,250,000||£60,000|
|Aaron Simpson||21||D (R)||98||115||£375K||375,000||£1,000|
|Alexander Molberg||19||D (C)||90||130||£27.5K||27,500||£975|
|Conor Coady||25||D (C)||131||138||£12M||12,000,000||£50,000|
|Ryan Bennett||28||D (C)||123||130||£6.25M||6,250,000||£25,000|
|Kortney Hause||22||D (C)||120||138||£4.1M||4,100,000||£8,000|
|Willy Boly||27||D (C)||142||145||£20.5M||20,500,000||£50,000|
|Max Kilman||21||D (L)||95||140||£375K||375,000||£1,000|
|John Kitolano||18||D (L)||103||137||£375K||375,000||£10,000|
|João Moutinho||31||M (C)||153||154||£31.5M||31,500,000||£100,000|
|Morgan Gibbs-White||18||M (C)||113||170||£7M||7,000,000||£1,500|
|Rúben Vinagre||19||M (L)||123||150||£6.5M||6,500,000||£30,000|
|Hélder Costa||24||AM (R)||134||148||£15.5M||15,500,000||£32,500|
|Adama Traoré||22||AM (R)||136||155||£17M||17,000,000||£43,000|
|Ivan Cavaleiro||24||AM (L)||138||150||£18.5M||18,500,000||£35,000|
|Diogo Jota||21||AM (L)||144||164||£25M||25,000,000||£55,000|
|Léo Bonatini||24||ST (C)||123||138||£7M||7,000,000||£35,000|
|Raúl Jiménez||27||ST (C)||137||147||£3.6M||3,600,000||£41,000|
|Rafa Mir||21||ST (C)||124||150||£7.75M||7,750,000||£7,000|