West Ham supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to their side’s clash with Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday, although very few are expecting their team to come away with anything from the encounter.
David Moyes’ men conceded three goals in the last eight minutes of their 4-1 defeat at Arsenal on Sunday, a result which leaves the Hammers just six points clear of the bottom three at the start of the weekend. And it doesn’t get any easier for the East London outfit as Pep Guardiola’s Citizens visit the London Stadium on Sunday, with the newly-crowned champions having won 29 of their 34 league games this term, losing just twice.
Subsequently, there is much anticipation among those Hammers supporters lining up at the bar ahead of Sunday’s game, with many hoping that their team can get something from the encounter to move further clear of the bottom three.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident West Ham fans to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that their club have joined the race for West Brom defender Jonny Evans.
And while the 30-year-old may well be a useful addition to Moyes’ squad, they should forget about the Northern Irishman, as there’s only one West Brom star they should seek to sign, namely goalkeeper Ben Foster.
Ultimately, while the Hammers haven’t been great at the back this season, there is certainly some quality in that department in Winston Reid and Angelo Ogbonna, while Aaron Cresswell has occasionally been used to good effect in a back three.
Add in the improving Declan Rice, and Moyes may feel that he doesn’t need to bolster his centre back ranks, although it’s evident that a goalkeeper will be needed ahead of the 2018/19 season.
The Hammers have reportedly rejected the chance to re-sign Joe Hart after his loan spell this season, while reports earlier this week suggested that Adrian will seek to leave the club if Moyes remains as boss.
Thus, the Scot is facing the very real prospect of having no senior goalkeepers at the club come August, which is why they simply have to go after the vastly experienced Foster this summer.
Yes, the Englishman turned 35 earlier this month and has been part of a Baggies side almost certainly going down, but he has been a rare bright spark in an otherwise shambolic campaign for the Midlands outfit, keeping eight clean sheets and conceding 53 goals in 34 Premier League appearances.
Also, one mustn’t forget the huge part he has played in helping West Brom become an established Premier League team in recent seasons, playing all 38 games in their run to tenth place under Tony Pulis last term, and keeping 12 clean sheets in their march to 13th back in 2015.
And with much experience in the top-flight, and indeed at international level, Foster may be able to provide the stability needed between the sticks at the London Stadium, which is likely to be welcomed after a campaign in which neither Hart nor Adrian have nailed down the number one jersey.
Thus, while Evans would be a good addition, the Hammers have to sort their goalkeeping ranks out, which is why they should forget about the 30-year-old and instead go after his Baggies teammate Foster this summer.
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