West Ham supporters have been pretty downbeat in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side bow out of the FA Cup at the fourth round stage on Saturday following a disappointing 2-0 defeat away at League One leaders Wigan Athletic.
David Moyes’ men needed a replay and indeed extra time to edge past Shrewsbury Town in the previous round earlier this month to book their spot in the last 32, yet his side produced a meek display and were deservedly beaten by the Latics at the DW Stadium on Saturday. Goals either side of half time from Will Grigg alongside a red card for Hammers defender Arthur Masuaku secured a comfortable victory for Paul Cook’s side, leaving Moyes’ West Ham firmly focusing on Premier League survival between now and the end of the season.
Consequently, there have been many despondent Hammers fans in the Tavern this week, and things don’t look like getting better anytime soon for the East London outfit if a recent report from Football Insider is anything to go by, which suggests that midfielder Pedro Obiang could miss the rest of the season through injury.
The 25-year-old has started 18 of West Ham’s 24 Premier League games this term and managed to bag two goals in that time, one of which an absolute stunner in their 1-1 draw with Tottenham earlier this month.
The former Spain Under-21 international also started their 2-0 defeat to Wigan on Saturday, having also appeared in their previous two FA Cup clashes, yet that 36-minute cameo could well be his last this season after the midfielder was carried off on a stretcher following a tackle from Max Power.
And recent reports suggest that Obiang has suffered ligament damage to his knee, and as such looks set to miss the rest of the season in what is sure to come as a huge setback to manager Moyes, who appears to already be light on midfield options.
And news of Obiang’s suspected lengthy spell on the sidelines could well force the Hammers into a last-ditch attempt to bring midfield reinforcements to the London Stadium in the last 24 hours of the transfer window.
Landlord’s verdict: Pedro Obiang was stretched off after 36 minutes in West Ham’s 2-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic on Saturday, following a tackle from Latics midfielder Max Power.
And it appears that the 25-year-old may well have played his last game of the campaign as recent reports suggest that he could miss the remainder of the season after sustaining ligament damage at the DW Stadium.
And this is sure to come as a hugely unwelcome setback to manager David Moyes, who may now dip into the last knockings of the transfer window in a bid to bring in midfield reinforcements ahead of the rest of the season.
Only time will tell though whether he does just that.
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