West Ham supporters have been pretty upbeat in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team secure a deserved 1-1 draw at defending Premier League champions Chelsea on Sunday to move further clear of the relegation zone.
David Moyes’ men went into their clash with their London rivals off the back of thumping Southampton 3-0 in their previous league encounter, yet they had lost each of their preceding three away matches prior to the trip to Stamford Bridge. And they looked on course for a fourth defeat in a row on the road when Cesar Azpilicueta gave Antonio Conte’s side the lead, only for Javier Hernandez to deservedly equalise 17 minutes from time to clinch a point for the Hammers, and thus move them six points clear of the bottom three.
Thus, there have been many satisfied West Ham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are growing in confidence that their team will indeed avoid the drop this season, what with Moyes’ men six points clear of danger with just six matches to go.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Hammers supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater could seek a move away this summer after a testing debut season at the club.
And many of those West Ham fans lining up at the bar reckon that the £18 million-rated flop (as per Transfermarkt) should seek to reignite his career at the London Stadium.
Ultimately, it hasn’t worked for the 28-year-old since his £35 million move to Stamford Bridge last summer, as the England international has just five Premier League starts to show for his efforts, of which just two have come in 2018.
And in a Chelsea side that aren’t firing on all cylinders this season, that will be a hugely disappointing total and indicative of Drinkwater’s lowly position in Conte’s pecking order, hence the midfielder is reportedly eyeing a summer exit.
And with West Ham clearly in need of midfield reinforcements, the 28-year-old should look to East London as his next destination.
The Hammers have somewhat struggled in the middle of the park this term with Cheikhou Kouyate often out of form and Pedro Obiang often injured – Mark Noble has arguably been their most consistent performer, and he arguably hasn’t been at his best for much of the campaign.
And with the amount of attacking talent at Moyes’ disposal, not least Manuel Lanzini and Marko Arnautovic, the Scot needs someone to patrol and dominate the midfield to allow those talented forward to do their stuff in the final third – Drinkwater could be that man.
Remember, the England star played a key part in Leicester’s incredible title-winning success just a few years ago, and for Chelsea to spend £35 million on him suggests how highly they rate him as well, even if that hasn’t translated into starts and appearances.
Clearly, Drinkwater would be an asset to West Ham and appears to be the sort of midfielder they are lacking and ultimately need if they are to push on next season, which is why the Chelsea flop must seek to resurrect his Premier League career at the London Stadium this summer.
West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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