West Ham spent big money in the summer.
They signed Sebastien Haller, Pablo Fornals and Albian Ajeti for around £76 million.
The Hammers did recoup large chunks of that cash by selling the likes of Marko Arnautovic, Pedro Obiang, Javier Hernandez and Edimilson Fernandes, however.
On the face of it, the West Ham owners seemed to show real ambition in the summer, but was that really the case?
The east London outfit are clearly very short up front this season, and their goalkeeping situation is a worry.
West Ham penny-pinched by bringing in two free agent goalkeepers, and they are now paying the price for that, with Lukasz Fabianski having been ruled out for up to three months.
It could be argued that their striking options are even more of a cause for concern. Should Haller suffer a long-term injury, the Hammers will be in real trouble.
Pellegrini clearly doesn’t trust Ajeti.
And with this in mind, the West Ham owners should have made a real statement in the summer, and signed Maxi Gomez, as well as Haller.
The money was there, considering that their net spend was only around £20 million.
The prospect of having Gomez lining up alongside Haller would have been an incredibly exciting one for Hammers fans.
And instead, West Ham will just have to make do with Haller.
The Frenchman is a very good striker, but he cannot be relied upon to do everything.
Signing Gomez would have lifted the burden off Haller’s shoulders. And had West Ham offered the £45m up front for the Uruguayan, they would have got their man.