The resident Irons in the Transfer Tavern have been delighted their club’s resurgence since the arrival of David Moyes, but they are concerned that injuries to key players could stagnate their improvement.
It is fair to say that the decision of the West Ham board to appoint David Moyes went down terribly with the supporters following his unsuccessful spells at Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland. However, his doubters have been forced to admit their lack of faith in the Scottish manager was misplaced after watching him guide The Hammers out of the relegation zone in recent weeks.
One of the key components of West Ham’s revival has been Moyes’ ability to get the best out of his devestating attacking players, namely Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini.
Both Arnautovic and Lanzini have improved immeasurably under Moyes’ leadership, but their development will be placed on hold for the forseeable future after Football.London confirmed both players have been ruled out with hamstring injuries.
According to the report, Lazini’s injury is the worse of the two as the Argentine is set to miss up to 6 weeks of football.
Considering that Lanzini’s form has been one of the major influences in West Ham’s success during recent weeks, it is no surprise that the supporters have responded to the news with despair and frustration on Twitter.
And plenty of the supporters have called for the board to sign a replacement for Lanzini this month to avoid the prospect of slipping deeper into a relegation battle.
Here’s what the West Ham fans had to say about Lanzini’s injury on Twitter…
Told it “looks that way” when asking about Marko Arnautovic picking up a hamstring injury. That’s pretty disastrous, with such an important run of games coming up and Lanzini’s injury too.
— Sam Inkersole (@Sam_InkersoleTM) January 23, 2018
Also shows the ludicrous transfer policy we adopt, if you can call it a policy. Drafting back players on loan to plug the gaps in the squad, while the owners continue to take money from the club. This is no way to run a PL club, unless relegation is the aim
— Chris Sheppard (@chris_whu62) January 23, 2018
Need a replacement in this window or will be slipping down that table
— Nicky wolf (@nwolf1986) January 22, 2018
Imperative we sign someone to cover ASAP
— John Spencer (@Spencerjohn7) January 22, 2018
Manuel Lanzini’s likely absence with a hamstring injury for a few weeks is a consequnce of West Ham’s ridiculous squad building over the past two years. He played 120 mins v Shrewsbury! #whufc
— Jacob Steinberg (@JacobSteinberg) January 22, 2018
Yet the owners still get a relatively soft time in the press. This is what happens when a chairman think he is a DoF. But Brady has a love-in with a lot of media types, prevents the ground level disdain.
— Olly (@OllyBark) January 22, 2018
Our midfield is weak as it is. We desperately need reinforcements now, that's what you get with a wafer thin squad.
— theboleyn (@theboleyn) January 23, 2018
Arnie now has hammy injury to add to Lanzini and Antonio. That’s what happens when you don’t strengthen + make key players play every match when knackered. We need to act quick getting in first XI bodies or be dragged back into a relegation battle #Whufc
— Brad Sharp (@BradJSharp) January 23, 2018
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I really hope for the Hammers sake that the Arnie injury news is fake, losing him and Lanzini is just unbelievable bad luck
— Davos Seaworth (@Mickellwb92) January 23, 2018