West Ham boss David Moyes needs to make things happen in the January transfer window.
Considering the lack of depth available to the Hammers manager, it’s baffling that he hasn’t already strengthened his ranks at the London Stadium.
Whether he is to blame for that or the board are is debatable.
David Gold did insist that he and David Sullivan are doing everything they can to bring some new faces into the club this month, when speaking to Blowing Bubbles at the end of December.
One thing that is certain, however, is that West Ham need to act in the January transfer window, and fast.
Only two weeks remain before the window slams shut. And it could be argued that West Ham are well short, perhaps even three or four players.
The Hammers will never sign that many players during a January window, but at the very least, Moyes needs to bring in two – a striker and a centre-back.
David Moyes makes January transfer window admission
Every single West Ham fan knows and understands that we need numerous reinforcements this month, if we are to be competitive in the Premier League and the Europa League between now and May.
Moyes surely knows it as well. But the Scot played down suggestions of new signings once again yesterday, when asked by reporters if he is keen to get ‘extra bodies’ in through the door at the London Stadium, as quoted by Football.London:
“I do not like the word extra bodies, because extra bodies end up not being good enough. You want to bring in bodies who are good enough to have an impact on the team. Extra bodies don’t count for anything, it is like a sugar rush but eventually, it wears off. You are better off trying to get the right players and if not sticking with what you have got. The players have done a brilliant job but today was just a little too much to ask them to go again at the end of this week.”
That really is a baffling take on the situation.
We totally get that Moyes wants to bring in players who will make a difference to the first-team. It’s the reason why his recruitment has been so impressive since returning to West Ham.
Sometimes it’s a case of needs must though. And our current situation certainly fits into that category.
Even if Moyes brings in a couple of players who aren’t going to replace the likes of Michail Antonio immediately, they would surely be better options than Andriy Yarmolenko and Arthur Masuaku from the bench.
That’s the point Moyes is missing badly.
Suggesting that sometimes you’re better off with sticking with what you’ve got is so wide of the mark. And it could come back to haunt West Ham this season unless Moyes acts now.
The fact that he brought Yarmolenko and Masuaku on off the bench surely tells him all he needs to know. The additions of a couple of good squad players in January would be instrumental during the second half of the season.
You don’t need to upgrade on your first XI to make your team an all-round better outfit.
Hopefully Moyes is just playing out cool and is being his usual coy self when speaking to the media. Because if he isn’t, the second half of the season could be a really challenging one for West Ham.
David Moyes has to get things right in the January transfer window. Come on Dave, time is ticking down…