West Ham made a fine start to their 2019/20 Premier League campaign, but it has all come crashing down.
They are currently in the midst of a very poor run of form that has seen them take just two points form their last five league games. And they now sit in 13th spot in the table.
A season that begun with so much promise has now quickly turned into a major disappointment.
West Ham seem to have lost their identity. They have become predictable to play against and somewhat boring to watch.
It could be argued that the Hammers need to totally revamp their current squad, and possibly even change their manager.
But how can they undertake such a huge change?
One way would be to sell Manuel Lanzini either in January or next summer.
We know, we know, he’s a popular figure at the London Stadium. The Argentine has been really poor this season, however. He returned from a serious injury at the start of the season, and he has looked well off the pace.
On his day, the 26-year-old is an excellent player, but he quite simply isn’t consistent enough. And the Hammers have plenty of other attacking midfielders such as Felipe Anderson, Robert Snodgrass, Pablo Fornals and Andriy Yarmolenko.
According to Claret and Hugh, Lanzini could be valued at around £60 million. That is a serious amount of money. And it could be used to totally revamp the current West Ham squad.
The Hammers are in desperate need of a top quality centre-back, a right and left-back, an established central midfielder and an elite striker.
Strengthening in all of those positions won’t come cheap. And as much as the West Ham fans might not like it, selling Lanzini for big money might just be the best way for them to kick-start their much-needed rebuild.