With about three weeks left in the winter window who will be the first purchase under David Moyes for West Ham? This window is important for both the club and the new manager to set the bar where he wants to go.
It speaks for itself in why it’s important for West Ham. Sitting just a spot above the relegation zone is nowhere near the place the club wants to be. For Moyes himself, this is a huge window so that he can find who he wants to keep but more importantly, who he wants to bring in.
Trying to put one’s self in his shoes might not be the easiest at the moment but that’s what we are going to do for this one. So… what does West Ham need? A solid number two keeper for sure, a strong midfielder, a right-back, and someone to play upfront that can be trusted and natural.
It sounds like an easy task for Moyes and the board, right? It has seemed that a keeper was going to be the Hammer’s first choice and even more so now with the injury to Lukasz Fabianski. However, Fabs looks to be back within the month so should the Hammers still focus on that role?
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Potentially yes but it needs to be someone other then injury-prone, former Hammer Darren Randolph. The right-back role is seemingly in the hands of Ryan Fredericks once he’s back and healthy but for now, the aging Pablo Zabaleta needs to harness his inner younger self.
The one other actual transfer in that David Moyes completed was the head-scratcher of Jordan Hugill. With that, it will be interesting to see who he brings in and it needs to happen due to the lack of players in the squad that natural at that role.
However, I don’t think that will be the first signing either. That leaves us to the midfield. I place that David Moyes has the pick of the litter. Unfortunately for the Gaffer, that packed West Ham midfield has tons of question marks.
The role of the box to box or holding midfielder has been more often than not held down by Mark Noble and Declan Rice with the rotating occasionalness of McMessi floating in between that role and the wing. The likes of Wilshere and Sanchez have really never come into the fold and that leaves an open void that needs filling ASAP!
With the news of Gedson moving on, that leaves some old names that might be a quick and yet better fix for what is currently there for the Hammers. Joe Allen… yes Joe freaking Allen. He has EPL experience for one and is automatically a better option than either Sanchez or Jack Wilshere.
This is the craziness of not only the Premier League but West Ham at the moment when you rank Allen ahead of Wilshere but the time has come and it is now. The Hammers are no longer in a fight for the top 6 and European nights. No, it’s much worse than that.
From now until the end of May the club will be fighting to get away from relegation and finishing as close to 10th as they can. Joe Allen might not be an every match starter but solidity in the middle of the pack needs to happen and now.