West Ham supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been reacting to the news that manager David Moyes has left the club at the expiration of his contract, despite leading them to Premier League safety this season.
The Scot was appointed as Slaven Bilic’s successor back in November with the Hammers languishing in the division’s bottom three, and while it hasn’t always gone to plan for the ex-Everton and Manchester United chief, he did the job asked of him in leading the East London outfit to a 13th place finish. However, his short-term deal has not been extended by the club’s hierarchy, who will now turn their attentions to bringing in a new manager ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
Subsequently, several of our resident Hammers fans are also discussing who the new man could be, at the same time digesting recent reports from The Sun that suggest their club are eyeing a move for Burnley’s Tom Heaton this summer.
And were the East London club to indeed secure a deal for the £3.6 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt), it would finally solve their evident goalkeeping conundrum.
Ultimately, the Hammers have struggled between the sticks this season, with both Adrian and Joe Hart guilty of making high-profile errors, to the point that neither have truly nailed down the number one jersey.
England international Hart began the campaign as the first-choice before losing out to the Spaniard in December, who then donned the gloves up until March, only to be replaced by Hart following successive 4-1 defeats at the hands of Liverpool and Swansea City.
However, Hart didn’t see the season out and was subsequently axed by Moyes following an error against Stoke City, thus allowing Adrian to start the final four matches to finish the campaign with 19 Premier League appearances, the same as fellow shot-stopper Hart.
Thus, it’s clear that neither have convinced enough this term to suggest that they can do a job next time round, and with Hart set to return to parent club Manchester City, further reinforcements are certainly needed to help take West Ham to the next level.
And Burnley’s Heaton would be the perfect man to do just that.
Ultimately, the 32-year-old has proven to be one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League in the last few years, with the England international keeping ten clean sheets in 35 league games last term for Sean Dyche’s side to help them stave off relegation.
And that campaign saw the former Manchester United ace produce several impressive displays, not least against his ex-employers at Old Trafford in October 2016, efforts that continued to earn him spots in the England squad in the build-up to this summer’s World Cup.
However, injury has put pay to those chances, and with Nick Pope deputising magnificently in Heaton’s absence at Turf Moor, to the point that he has got the nod by Gareth Southgate for Russia this summer, Heaton’s future at the Lancashire-based outfit is uncertain.
And with West Ham in desperate need of an accomplished shot-stopper, the 32-year-old would be the ideal summer signing, a deal they simply have to get done to finally solve their goalkeeping conundrum ahead of the 2018/19 season.
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