I t is still unknown as to who will be in charge for the final season at the Boleyn Ground, but three players are also still unaware of whether they will be offered a new contract for the 2015/16 campaign.
One of those is experienced goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen. The former Finland international joined the club in 2012 after 15 years with Bolton Wanderers. He came in after the loss of Robert Green to Queens Park Rangers, and he was outstanding for West Ham United in our first season back in the top flight
But his first team appearances have dried up in the last 18 months, as Adrian has made the no.1 spot his own. The Spanish shot stopper signed from Real Betis and although Jaaskelainen originally kept West Ham trio sweating on new deals – just like Big Sam Forget the manager’s situation, what will happen to these three Irons? Out of contract Hammers DANNY RUST @Danny_Rust10 his place in the team, Adrian broke into Sam Allardyce’s side and the fans’ favourite has not looked back since
Jaaskelainen, 40, seems to be coming towards the end of his career. It looks increasingly unlikely that he will be able to dislodge Adrian from between the sticks and so it seems as though the Hammers’ best option would be to let the Finn leave and bring in another young goalkeeper as back-up to Adrian.
If Allardyce remains in charge past the end of the season, Big Sam may give Jaaskelainen a new one-year deal, especially seeing as he followed the manager to Upton Park. However, it also looks increasingly likely that Allardyce will not be at the helm come August and so Jaaskelainen will probably be on his way. Another experienced star that could be leaving the club is Guy Demel. The ex-Ivory Coast international full back joined the club from Hamburg in 2011.
Injuries have affected his stay in East London with serious injuries ruling the right back out on numerous occasions. Competition has come from Joey O’Brien and Julien Faubert over the years, but he has gone on to make 76 league appearances for the Irons in four years. But the loan signing of Carl Jenkinson has meant that Demel has been forced to watch the majority of the campaign from the stands. The England U21 On his way: Guy Demel is almost certain to leave West Ham at the end of the season international has been outstanding and now the Hammers will, I hope, look to sign Jenkinson on a permanent basis.
Demel has expressed an interest in returning to Germany in the past, where he has performed for Borussia Dortmund and Hamburg. So it looks increasingly likely that the 33-year-old will not be offered a new deal at the Boleyn Ground, and he may return to the Bundesliga. But West Ham may wait until they are aware of whether Jenkinson will stay permanently because if he returns to Arsenal, Demel may be offered a new one-year contract. The club, however, may even look at other options rather than look to keep Demel.
Dan Potts is also out of contract in the summer. The young full back, who has followed in the footsteps of his father Steve in coming through the ranks at Upton Park, impressed when he made his first team debut in 2011 in a 1-0 victory against Barnsley. But the Barking-born England U20 international has only made another six appearances in claret and blue, and had the likes of George McCartney, Pablo Armero and now Aaron Cresswell stand in his way.
Loan spells at Colchester United and Portsmouth have followed for the 21-year-old and it looks as though, with the impact of Cresswell, Potts will be leaving the club in the summer. It is likely that Potts will have to drop into League One and work his way back up the football ladder again, having been starved of first team opportunities for so long. Potts was originally tipped for a big future in East London but, unfortunately, it has not turned out as hoped.