West Ham supporters have been pretty downbeat in the Transfer Tavern in the last few weeks after seeing their side lose their last three Premier League games on the spin to fall perilously close to the division’s relegation zone.
David Moyes’ men looked to be heading only one way when they embarked on a run of just two defeats in 12 league games between December and February, but the wheels have well and truly come off in recent weeks to leave the Hammers 17th in the table. The East London suffered successive 4-1 defeats at the hands of Liverpool and Swansea before going down 3-0 at home to Sean Dyche’s Burnley in their last league outing, a result which leaves them just two points clear of the bottom three with eight matches of the campaign remaining.
Subsequently, there have been many despondent West Ham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their team do indeed have enough to stave off relegation, so they can start building and pushing up the division next season.
And some of our more optimistic resident Hammers supporters are already looking ahead to how their club may push on, with many feeling that Manchester United outcast Ander Herrera could be the man to finally solve their midfield crisis.
Ultimately, the central midfield ranks at the London Stadium are lacking in sufficient depth, with Mark Noble continuing to put a shift in but ultimately not the player he once was, Pedro Obiang spending much of the season out with injury, and Cheikhou Kouyate enduring a horrendous run of form.
As such, the balance seemingly isn’t there between defence and attack, and while the Hammers have genuine attacking quality in Marko Arnautovic and Manuel Lanzini, to name but a few, more is needed in the middle to allow them the freedom in the final third.
And that is where Herrera comes in.
The Spain international was arguably one of Man United’s better players in the last few seasons, earning 31 Premier League appearances under Jose Mourinho last term, and 27 and 26 respectively in his two campaigns under former boss Louis van Gaal.
The 28-year-old is tenacious and breaks up play very effectively in the middle of the park, yet he also has genuine quality on the ball, reflected by his tally of six assists for the Red Devils last time round, to suggest that he could be the ideal player to supply the likes of Arnautovic and Michail Antonio.
And alongside the more industrious Obiang and Kouyate, Herrera could help give Moyes’ side the balance they need in the middle of the park. And with the 28-year-old reportedly one of many players set for the axe at Old Trafford this summer, he could well be the answer to their midfield woes.
As such, the Hammers simply must make a move for the £27 million-rated United outcast (as per Transfermarkt) during the close season.
West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!