West Ham supporters have been pretty downbeat in the Transfer Tavern in the last couple of days after seeing their team go down 4-1 at home to Premier League champions Manchester City to keep them firmly embroiled in a relegation scrap.
David Moyes’ men were six points clear of the bottom three ahead of the latest round of fixtures, but Southampton’s crucial 2-1 win over Bournemouth on Saturday cut the gap to just three points. And the Hammers were unable to re-establish their advantage on Sunday as goals from Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, and Fernandinho, alongside a Pablo Zabaleta own goal, sealed a routine success for Pep Guardiola’s men at the London Stadium, thus leaving West Ham in the relegation mire with just three games of the campaign remaining.
As such, there have been many disappointed Hammers supporters in the Tavern in the last few days, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their side can get back to winning ways when they travel to out-of-form Leicester City next weekend.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident West Ham fans to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking their club with a move for West Brom defender Craig Dawson.
And while the 27-year-old would likely be a useful addition to Moyes’ squad, they should forget about the Englishman and instead seek to get a deal done for his £13.5 million-rated Baggies teammate Jonny Evans (as per Transfermarkt) this summer.
Ultimately, while Dawson has been consistent and solid for the Midlands club in the last few years, there is no doubting that teammate Evans remains a hugely adept centre back at Premier League level, and the sort one would want in the heart of their backline.
Only back in January were Arsenal and Manchester City reportedly looking to land the 30-year-old, which itself is testament to how highly rated the Northern Irishman is, and thus how significant he could be in the middle of Moyes’ West Ham defence next season.
The East London club have shipped more goals than any other Premier League this season with 67 goals against in their 35 league games, two more than the next highest Stoke City.
Thus, if the Hammers are seeking to move to the next level in their new stadium in the coming years, they simply have to do better at the back and tighten up defensively – Evans’ arrival would be a step in the right direction.
Yes, it doesn’t look good given that Evans is part of a West Brom team destined to be playing Championship football next season, but the former Manchester United star has certainly been a bright spark for the Baggies this term, and at the age of 30 still has plenty of top-flight football left in him.
And given how poor West Ham have been defensively this season, and how impressive Evans has been over the years at the Hawthorns, the Hammers should seek to land the 30-year-old as opposed to teammate Dawson this summer.
West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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