West Ham United have inexplicably left David Moyes with just two senior central midfield players capable of performing at a high level in the Premier League.
The Hammers embarked on a deadline day clearout with no new arrivals.
Jack Wilshere, Josh Cullen, Xande Silva were all shipped out. And Felipe Anderson is expected to join Porto on loan today.
West Ham left with two central midfielders capable of performing at the top level
That’s despite Moyes telling the world just three weeks ago that he desperately needed new central defenders and midfielders (whufc.com).
West Ham’s actions have left Moyes’s already thin squad hanging by a thread.
The Hammers have just 20 senior players remaining – one of whom is third choice ‘training ground’ goalkeeper David Martin.
And they have just two central midfielders capable of performing at a high level in the Premier League, with the ageing and increasingly immobile Mark Noble as back-up.
The lack of options is frightening.
Lowly Fulham have eight central midfield options to West Ham’s three
And one look across London at relegation favourites Fulham will have West Ham fans deeply concerned.
While West Ham have three senior central midfielders left at the club (Robert Snodgrass does not count), Fulham now have EIGHT.
Moyes must somehow navigate a long season with only Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice and Noble at his disposal. Unless he can find a rare central midfield talent from the Championship before next weekend.
Scott Parker at Fulham has an embarrassment of options by comparison. And this is a team tipped for relegation.
On deadline day Fulham signed Chelsea midfielder and reported West Ham target Ruben Loftus-Cheek as well as two defenders.
What are West Ham thinking?
It means the Cottagers now have England international Loftus-Cheek, Scotland international Tom Cairney, £25m Ivory Coast international Jean Michael Seri, Gabon international Mario Lemina, talented defensive midfielder Harrison Reed, highly-rated former Tottenham starlet Josh Onomah and £30m Cameroon defensive midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa as options in central midfield.
Not one of the eight players is over 30 years old.
Yes Rice and Soucek may be better than all of them. But over the course of a long season – where clubs have not just injuries but potential Covid-19 absences to contend with – you need options and to give players a rest.
Unless West Ham act before next week with some astute signings from the Championship, there could be a tough season in prospect.