The West Ham fans have been in disarray in the Transfer Tavern this week following the ugly scenes that ensued both on and off the field at The London Stadium last weekend.
West Ham United are a club in crisis. They are fighting relegation in the top-flight and playing in a bland stadium which the vast majority of supporters despise, so it’s easy to understand why our resident Hammers are feeling so downbeat at this moment in time.
The move to The London Stadium was supposed to usher in a new era of success to the club, but a lack of ambition from the owners combined with managerial problems and a toxic atmosphere amongst the supporters have all served to stagnate their progress during the last two years.
There is enough quality within West Ham’s squad to suggest that with the right backing and a coherent strategy, the club could mount a push for Europe next season, providing they’re still in the top flight of course.
The presence of the likes of Manuel Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic will ensure that The Hammers faithful maintain hope as the club enter a pivotal stage in the season, but if they want to improve on their current predicament in the future then the owners will need to splash the cash on further talent to supplement their strong options.
It’s fair to say that the £10.8 million West Ham paid for Manuel Lanzini was an absolute bargain. However, more players of his quality will be needed if the club wish to progress next season, so David Moyes should make an audacious bid to land Liverpool’s Adam Lallana (valued at £22.5 million by Transfermarkt) in the summer.
The England international’s injury problems have served to tarnish his season so far, as he has only managed to make 3 starts for the club since the opening of the campaign. His absence will certainly be frustrating Klopp, and if he fails to prove his fitness to his manager by the end of the season then the charismatic German could be tempted to cash in on him.
Although his injury problems are a legitimate cause for concern for any potential buyer, the fact that his struggles have only recently become apparent suggests that he could make a full recovery next season. Either way, considering the level of quality Lallana possesses, he would certainly be a risk worth taking in the summer window, especially if West Ham could sign him on a loan deal with an option to buy.
A huge task awaits West Ham in the final weeks of the season, but if they can overcome their relegation battle and remain in the top-flight then the owners simply have to prove their commitment to the supporters by making a handful of marque signings, starting with Lallana.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!