West Ham United have concerns about the long-term reliability of Angelo Ogbonna after his serious ACL injury this season.
That’s according to a report from The Evening Standard who claim that Hammers boss David Moyes is desperate to add a top-class centre-back to his ranks at the London Stadium this summer.
West Ham enjoyed a fairly successful campaign this season but we fell short in the Europa League and the chase for the top six in the Premier League in the end.
That was largely down to our problems in central defence.
Ogbonna missed three quarters of the campaign after suffering a serious ACL injury back in November. Meanwhile, Kurt Zouma and Issa Diop spent lengthly spells on the sidelines as well.
At one point, Craig Dawson was our only fit centre-back. So it’s easy to see why Moyes wants to bolster his central defensive ranks in the summer. It seems as though there could be one surprise outgoing as well…
West Ham have Ogbonna concerns
The Evening Standard reckon that the Hammers are worried about the 34-year-old Italian’s long-term reliability following the problems he has experienced with his ACL.
Oggy is actually out of contract this summer and has yet to sign an extension.
Slaven Bilic brought Ogbonna to the London Stadium from Juventus in the summer of 2015 for around £10 million (BBC).
The Italian has been exceptional for West Ham and is a hugely popular figure in East London.
We certainly missed his leadership and organisational strengths during his absence.
Getting him back fit, up to speed and signed up to a new contract should be a priority for the Hammers.
We don’t know what goes on behind closed doors though. Perhaps he is struggling to return to the fitness levels he had before.
And if Moyes does have real concerns about Ogbonna and his reliability, then it would be no surprise to see him leave West Ham this summer.
In my opinion though, that would be a very big mistake.