The West Ham United fans have been in a state of turmoil this week due to their club’s meltdown during their clash with Burnley at The London Stadium last weekend.
Tensions which have been increasingly growing at West Ham during the past two years culminated against Burnley last weekend when fans began invading the pitch and protesting against the owners in the stands. It’s fair to say that the club are entering a crisis off the field, but they are also suffering something of a crisis on the field.
First and foremost, The Irons are staring the prospect of relegation in the face with just 8 fixtures remaining this season, so the next few weeks will be absolutely pivotal in determining their long-term aspirations. Second of all, West Ham are desperately lacking options in centre-midfield due to the long-term absence of both Pedro Obiang and Edimilson Fernandes.
The injuries to the aforementioned players have served to underline West Ham’s need to strengthen their options during the summer transfer window, and one player they would be wise to consider signing is Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater (valued at £18 million by Transfermarkt). Drinkwater only recently made the switch from Leicester to Chelsea in the summer of 2017, but since he arrived at the club he has struggled to make an impact and establish himself as a first-team regular.
Although there is still time remaining this season for him to prove he is capable of succeeding at Stamford Bridge, the fact that Conte is reportedly interested in signing Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey suggests that the Italian may be looking to replace him at the end of the season. If that does indeed prove to be the case, then West Ham should do everything they can to sign a player who could transform their midfield.
During Leicester’s title-winning season in the 2015/16 season, Drinkwater proved that he has both the technical ability and the stamina to effectively perform a box to box midfield role, and his quality in this regard would do wonders for West Ham’s aspirations of climbing the table during the next campaign.
Of course, West Ham need to secure their Premier League status this season, but providing they manage to put their troubles away from the field to one side and collect a handful of vital victories during the closing weeks of the season, they should make Drinkwater their number one target in the summer.