It is clear to see for everyone that West Ham lack any kind of dynamism, power or pace in the middle of the park.
And that is something that must be addressed in January, irrespective of who is in charge.
Declan Rice is a very solid player but he needs a new long-term partner. Mark Noble isn’t getting any younger and it has been clearly evident that his career is nearing its end.
With this in mind, an interesting option for the Hammers could be Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama.
According to a report from Football Insider, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is willing to sell the 52-capped Kenya international in January for just £10 million.
And that would be excellent value for West Ham.
The 28-year-old is an absolute warrior. He is a beast of a player, a tenacious tackler and has a powerful engine. Wanyama possesses all of the attributes that the Hammers currently lack in the middle of the park.
The Kenyan would provide a much needed layer of solidarity in front of West Ham’s back four. And he could form a formidable central midfield partnership with Rice.
It is clear that the Hammers owners are not willing to spend exorbitant amounts of cash. So signing Wanyama for £10 million would be the perfect solution to a long-standing problem.
Whether Tottenham would be prepared to sell the midfielder to West Ham, considering their rivalry, is another matter entirely, however.
All the Hammers can do is try though, and at least test Spurs’ resolve in January.