If West Ham manage to stay up this season, they absolutely must address some serious squad deficiencies in the summer.

The Hammers made some astute signings in January. They brought in Jarrod Bowen and Darren Randolph as well as signing Tomas Soucek on loan, with an option to buy.

David Moyes will also need to address other areas of his squad in the summer, including the right-back, left-back and centre-back departments.

But aside from making new signings, West Ham should be looking to move some players on as well.

And Fabian Balbuena should be at the top of the list.

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Fabian Balbuena (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

The 12-capped Paraguay international joined the Hammers from Brazilian side Corinthians in the summer of 2018 for around £3.5 million (Evening Standard).

The 28-year-old actually impressed during his debut campaign in east London. But his performance levels have dropped dramatically this term.

Balbuena lacks any kind of mobility and his ball dispersion has been quite rankly horrendous.

 

He is slow and laboured, and really struggles when opponents run at him with the ball.

The centre-back has made 13 Premier League appearances for the Hammers this season. He has made just 16 tackles, with a success rate of 69%. Balbuena has made only 25 interceptions and has made two errors leading to goals for the opposition (premierleague.com).

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Fabian Balbuena (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

The Paraguayan is still under contract with West Ham until the summer of 2021. So this summer would be the ideal time to move him on.

The Hammers should still be able to attract a decent fee for Balbuena, especially from a foreign side.

And even if West Ham have to take a hit on the fee they paid for the 28-year-old 20 months ago, they should not think twice about doing so.

If the Hammers do shift Balbuena on in the summer, they could then attempt to sign a top class, youthful centre-back in place of the Paraguayan.

It’s a no-brainer.

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