West Ham supporters will be well aware of their club’s desire to move Pedro Obiang on this summer.
The midfield man has hardly been a shining light for the Hammers over the last couple of seasons, yet after hearing of the wages of one of Obiang’s fellow midfielders, pushing to sell the Spanish-born midfielder seems ridiculous.
According to ExWHUemployee on The West Ham Way podcast, Carlos Sanchez is on a weekly wage of around £75,000 per week. The Colombian only featured in seven Premier League games last season, starting just two of those, so it seems ludicrous that he’s not the one being pushed for an exit.
Against Manchester City in the Premier League Asia Trophy the Colombian drew plenty of criticism for his performance, coming on at half-time and going on to cost his side a goal as they fell to a 4-1 defeat, despite taking the lead through a Mark Noble penalty in the first half.
The midfield at The London Stadium is going to be an interesting dynamic next season. The club have got plenty of players to fill in as part of the club’s double pivot. Jack Wilshere, Declan Rice, Mark Noble, Sanchez and Obiang can all play the roles, and if you were to give the fans a choice of one of the five to sell, you’d imagine most fans would pick Sanchez.
The 88-capped Colombian may have struggled with injuries last season, but he hardly covered himself in glory when he did grace the pitch, costing his side a point against Wolves early in the season at home when he gave possession away cheaply for what turned out to be Adama Traore’s late winner.
There has been nothing so far that Sanchez has done to justify his massive weekly wages at West Ham in his time at the club, and with Obiang looking more and more likely be moved on for £10m, it seems ludicrous that he’s being shipped out ahead of his lacklustre teammate.