What West Ham United would do now to be able to call on Adrian, Lucas Perez and Edimilson Fernandes.
All three have been hits at their new clubs after being shipped out by the Hammers in the summer.
All three would be fixtures in the team at the present moment had they remained.
Cheap freebie back-up goalkeeper Roberto has been an absolute disaster. The hapless ‘keeper has been at fault for at least one goal in every game he has played for West Ham so far besides Newport County.
How West Ham could do with departed trio right now
What the Hammers would do for Adrian right now.
Fernandes has been a hit for Mainz and Switzerland since an £8million move away.
Yet his energy and all action attributes in midfield are exactly what Pellegrini – and particularly Declan Rice – is missing.
Hammers transfer clangers
Perez showed in flashes what he could do during an ill-fated season with West Ham.
His goals to games record was none too shabby in the end.
Mark Noble rated Perez as the best finisher he had ever seen at the club (Evening Standard). And he has been in fine form for Alaves, scoring in his last six games including this worldy last week – see full story here.
How West Ham, and the increasingly isolated Sebastien Haller, could do with him alongside him right now.
Pellegrini should have held fire on departures if owners were not going to invest
If owners David Sullivan and David Gold were not going to give Pellegrini a reasonable transfer kitty in the summer, Pellegrini should never have let that trio leave.
The £25million net spend has left West Ham dangerously exposed.
And it is not like the Hammers needed to make space on the wage bill having cut it by around £750,000 PER WEEK.
Sullivan and Gold rarely sanction business in January. Buying in the winter window smacks of desperation.
But desperate times call for desperate measures and things are starting to look pretty desperate for the East Londoners with no wins in six and a daunting run of matches coming up.