Samir Nasri won’t have to sit on the sidelines for much longer. Once his 18-month doping ban ends in January, he’ll be free to play. And now we know where he’ll be playing upon his return — back in the Premier League. According to reports from The Telegraph’s Jason Burt, Nasri will reunite with manager Manuel Pellegrini at West Ham United on a six-month deal. Their role in capturing the 2013-14 Premier League title together is obviously a huge factor here.
After all, it needs repeating that Nasri is currently serving an 18-month ban for doping. Additionally, his last club action came with Antalyaspor of the Turkish Süper Lig. And for what it’s worth, he only got to play in eight matches before the ban came down on him. In those eight matches, he found the back of the net twice while providing one assist.
Nasri does have plenty of PL experience, of course. He found the net 27 times while providing 16 assists across 125 competitive matches for Arsenal many moons ago. This includes his 10-goal season in 2010-11. Then at City under Pellegrini, he found the back of the net 27 times while providing 40 assists across 176 matches. He was the Footballer of the Year with France in 2010; he won four trophies in his days with City. But his best days have to be behind him. In his last full league season — 2016-17 with La Liga’s Sevilla — Nasri netted just three goals with three assists in 30 matches.
Now West Ham, who currently sit 13th in the Premier League on just 12 points, are going to take a chance on him. Seems like something a bad, desperate club would do. All we can do now is wait to see if Nasri can turn his career around. We’re not banking on that happening, though.