West Ham have nine first team players out of contract when the current season finishes.
With six months remaining on their deals, it’s time for West Ham to make a decision on whether to keep these players or not.
Let’s run through the nine players in question and give a verdict on what David Moyes should decide to do.
West Ham have nine first team players whose contracts expire this summer. What decision should David Moyes make on them – stay or go?
The French goalkeeper is currently second choice behind Lukasz Fabianski having joined on loan from PSG. It is believed West Ham have the option to make the signing of Areola a permanent deal and this is what the Hammers should do. The 28-years-old shot stopper and has a wealth of experience including impressing as a number one in the Premier League for Fulham last season. With Fabianski ageing Areola should be the next West Ham number one. His performances in the Europa League and Carabao Cup, notably in the win over Man City on penalties, has made him popular amongst fans. KEEP
The 36-year-old remains the number one despite strong competition via Areola. Fabianski has made some exceptional saves this year but his ability to deal with crosses and notably his kicking has drawn some criticism. The former Poland international revealed in an interview in October he has ambitions to play to the age of 40 and that he was in talks with West Ham over a contract extension. I think he should stay but it might be time to for a switch next season – hand the first choice gloves to Areola who is in his peak. KEEP
Who can forget that memorable clean sheet versus Chelsea. His West Ham career has already certainly hit the high point for Martin but he remains a useful part of the squad mentoring the younger goalkeepers. He shouldn’t really play again but his role shouldn’t be underestimated. KEEP (for mentoring role only)
The full-back is getting better and better and provides versatility which is very useful with Aaron Cresswell out injured and Arthur Masuaku not being entirely convincing defensively. West Ham are believed to be keen on the academy graduate staying as is Johnson himself. It’s a no brainer. KEEP