West Ham fans have been in good spirits in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side get back to winning ways on Saturday.
Slaven Bilic’s men slipped into the Premier League’s bottom three after losing 3-2 to Tottenham back on September 23, but they bounced back admirably with a narrow 1-0 success over Swansea City last weekend, with Diafra Sakho netting the winner in the 90th minute.
That result, their second league win of the campaign, lifted the East London outfit up to 15th in the division ahead of this fortnight’s break for internationals, which will somewhat ease the pressure on manager Bilic, who had come under-fire after overseeing three defeats to start the season.
And part of their early season struggles have come defensively, with the Hammers having conceded 13 goals already in the Premier League this season, a tally only better than basement side Crystal Palace, who have shipped 17.
Thus, defensive reinforcements will surely have to be a priority for Bilic and the West Ham hierarchy in January, and that is why they should be interested by recent reports from Hurriyet (via talkSPORT), which suggests that Fenerbahce are eyeing up a move for Manchester United’s Daley Blind.
The 27-year-old moved to Old Trafford back in 2014 but has struggled for regular first team football in recent weeks, playing just one minute of Premier League football in their last four matches.
And with just 23 appearances last term for the Red Devils, it’s clear that Blind is not a first choice under Jose Mourinho, and as such Turkish giants Fenerbahce are reportedly seeking to land him in January.
And this recent news should alert Bilic and West Ham, who should look to hijack the Dutchman’s possible move to Turkey, as his versatility and defensive ability can seriously bolster the Hammers as they seek to climb the Premier League table.
Ultimately, West Ham have struggled defensively for a while now.
They conceded 64 goals in 38 Premier League games last season, only five teams shipped more, and their opening six games of this term have seen 13 goals fly into their net, only four fewer than rock-bottom Palace.
Those numbers simply have to improve, as do the personnel with the likes of Aaron Cresswell and Jose Fonte perhaps not at their best in the early stages of the season – in fact, former Southampton defender Fonte has struggled to replicate his Saints form ever since moving to West Ham back in January.
Yet bringing in the versatile Blind could seriously bolster their backline, as the Netherlands international is adept at both left-back and centre-back, having played in both positions for United over the years.
And that itself is a measure of the professionalism and trust Blind exudes, as he originally moved to Old Trafford as a defensive midfielder – however, just four of his 131 appearances for United have come in that area.
And that is also an area West Ham are struggling somewhat in at present.
They spent the last knockings of the transfer window trying to bring midfielder William Carvalho to the club but no deal materialised, and as such they are slightly short in that department.
And that is even more critical given the plethora of attacking talent Bilic has at his disposal – how can he get Andy Carroll, Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez, and Michail Antonio in the same side without a dependable defensive midfielder behind them?
Pedro Obiang is currently injured, Cheikhou Kouyate is often unconvincing as a midfielder, and arguably Mark Noble’s best days are behind. Thus, the midfield protection is certainly lacking, and in the Premier League, you will get found out.
Yet Blind can do that job, as he has done in the past for Ajax and his country, and giving him that option of a regular midfield role may well be of interest to the 27-year-old given his lack of opportunities in that area for United.
Ultimately, the £19.8 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) could make a big difference to the Hammers in a variety of different positions, all positions they could do with strengthening, and as such they must look to hijack Fenerbahce’s move for the midfielder in January.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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