West Ham supporters have been reasonably satisfied in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side edge closer to preserving their Premier League status courtesy of a 1-1 draw with struggling Stoke City on Monday night.
David Moyes’ men went into their clash with the second-bottom Potters off the back of a win over Southampton and a draw with Chelsea, results which put some distance between themselves and the bottom three. However, Paul Lambert’s Stoke threatened to undo that good work by taking the lead at the London Stadium through Peter Crouch, only for Andy Carroll to level with a fine strike in the final minute to clinch a point for the Hammers, one which moved them seven points clear of the Premier League’s relegation zone.
Thus, there have been many satisfied West Ham fans in the Tavern this week, several of whom are growing in confidence that their team will indeed avoid the drop this season, what with Moyes’ side seven points clear with just five matches remaining.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident Hammers supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking their club with a move for Stoke’s Xherdan Shaqiri this summer.
And while the Switzerland international would likely be a good addition to Moyes’ squad, there’s only one Stoke star West Ham should be signing this summer, namely midfielder Joe Allen.
Ultimately, the Hammers have somewhat struggled in the central midfield department this season, what with Cheikhou Kouyate struggling for form for much of the campaign, and Pedro Obiang missing the vast majority through injury.
Mark Noble has again proven his worth to the club this term with several consistent displays, but it’s clear that, if the Hammers are hoping to move to the next level in the coming years, they have to strengthen the midfield department.
And that is why they must move for Allen.
The 28-year-old may well be part of a Stoke side seriously struggling in the Premier League this season, but the Wales international has certainly done his bit in scoring twice and laying on six assists for Lambert’s side, the latter tally topping the assists column alongside Shaqiri.
Significantly though, the former Liverpool man brings control and composure to the midfield and has the ability to dominate games from the middle of the park, and with the amount of attacking talent at Moyes’ disposal, they would certainly benefit from Allen’s presence in the midfield.
Shaqiri is without doubt capable of brilliance, but those days are too few and far between, whereas Allen is much more consistent and would certainly help bolster a midfield area currently short on sufficient depth and quality.
Thus, there is only one Stoke star the Hammers should be signing this summer, namely 28-year-old Allen.
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