The West Ham fans in the Transfer Tavern are feeling optimistic about their chances of maintaining their Premier League status this season due to their side’s excellent run of form in recent weeks.
David Moyes has sparked a significant revival at the London Stadium since he took charge at the club at the beginning of November, and the extent of their improvement suggests they should be aiming high with regards to their ambitions for next season. Of course, The Hammers still need to ensure they remain in the Premier League this season as there is still work to be done, but it would be a huge shock if the club went down this season.
West Ham’s run in looks tough, as they still have to face Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea before the end of the campaign, but with the likes of Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini on the pitch, a positive result is always possible.
However, West Bromwich Albion’s fate looks a little more concrete, much to the dismay of the resident Baggies propping up our bar in the tavern. With only 10 fixtures left to play, England’s yo-yo club look destined to return to the Championship once again as they currently sit 7 points adrift of safety with fixtures against Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham all still to come.
With that to consider, it seems almost certain that Alan Pardew’s side will be relegated this season, and in the event that they do indeed drop down to the second tier of English football, a mass exodus may well ensue. West Brom’s side is hardly littered with players of Premier League quality, but one player who is certainly far too good for the Championship is their Belgian winger Nacer Chadli (valued at £10.8 million by Transfermarkt).
Chadli’s season has been plagued by injury, and the 28-year-old has been limited to just 3 Premier League appearances as a consequence. Despite this, West Ham should do everything they can to land Chadli next summer, as they need to bolster their creative options in midfield to ease the burden on Arnautovic and Lanzini. West Brom’s relegation combined with Chadli’s injury problems should serve to significantly decrease his price tag, so Moyes could be set to complete a shrewd piece of business if he is able to lure him to East London next summer.