The West Ham fans in the Transfer Tavern are looking forward to a new era under David Moyes.
As the international break draws to a close, the Hammers in the Tavern are beginning to turn their attentions to their new manager’s first game in charge this weekend as Moyes takes his struggling side to Vicarage Road to face Marco Silva’s Watford on Sunday, hoping to begin his West Ham career with a priceless victory. The Scotsman will have been working hard on the training ground in the last fortnight to improve almost every aspect of West Ham’s performance, not least their defence, which has looked vulnerable and disorganised all season in conceding a league-high 23 goals in just 11 matches.
Hammers centre-back Angelo Ogbonna has had a stop-start beginning to the season, but according to Italian media outlet Corriere dello Sport (via CalcioMercato), the Italian centre-back is a January target for Serie A giants AC Milan.
The Irons have a number of options available at centre-back, but with the unpredictability of injuries to take into consideration, the West Ham hierarchy would be foolish to let a defensive player of Ogbonna’s quality leave in the mid-season window.
Take West Ham’s last Premier League outing for example, Bilic deployed Cheikhou Kouyate – typically a defensive midfielder – as part of a defensive three, and they were duly dismantled by a rampant Liverpool.
Bilic’s decision only arrived as a consequence of injuries to James Collins and Jose Fonte, which serves to prove that selling Ogbonna in January would be a rash and misguided decision.
Once West Ham reach the end of the season, they should reassess their squad’s capabilities and decide what transfers would be best for the club, but until then they should keep hold of Ogbonna and the rest of the current crop who are more than capable of steering the club clear of safety.
If owners David Gold and David Sullivan do indeed choose to part with Ogbonna in January, and then face a succession of injuries at centre-back later in the season, then West Ham could be set for a return to the Championship next May.
West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!