Hammers boss David Moyes has made a depressing West Ham resources admission that the club’s fans saw coming a mile off.
It was clear for all to see West Ham needed to sign players in January.
With the arrival of Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky as West Ham’s new co-owner – and former Man City talent spotter Rob Newman as head of recruitment – hopes were high.
Particularly given that West Ham were fighting on three fronts and in a great position to try and achieve something truly memorable.
Of course the Hammers remain in contention for the Europa League and a Europa League spot via the Premier League.
But there is a nagging feeling things could have been even better in the league and cups had West Ham made signings in January.
There is a frustration bubbling close to the surface that the Hammers may now fall short having failed to get the players Moyes wanted in the winter window.
West Ham fans warned the club they had not done enough to reinforce the squad in the summer, let alone January.
The Hammers saw their top six hopes take a big blow with defeat at Brentford on Sunday.
And the east Londoners have players missing with a lack of quality replacements for the crucial Europa League quarter-final second leg in Lyon on Thursday night.
West Ham’s players and the manager have actually done remarkably well given how shallow Moyes’s squad is in key areas.
Now Moyes has made a depressing West Ham resources admission that fans saw coming a mile off (whufc.com).
The Scot conceded after the Brentford defeat that West Ham simply don’t have the resources to make changes and win tight games.
“We’ve not go many others (players) to use, we’ve not got any others we can bring out (to play),” Moyes told West Ham’s website.
“We’ve got a bundle of players who’ve done great for us and continue to do well for us…
“I’m sure we’ll get them up again (after the Brentford defeat).
“We’ll push them on and drive them on. We’re not going to give up all the good work we’ve put in.
“We’ve got the mentality that we have to try and win games like today’s. We have to try and find extra resources to do it and I just didn’t think we had that today.”
You can almost hear a collective cry of ‘I told you so’ from West Ham fans. Perhaps that’s exactly what Moyes is saying himself to the Hammers board with his comments.
Many West Ham players look like they have been running on fumes since November.
So fans were baffled the club did not have signings lined up ready to go from the start of the window.
It simply must be addressed in the summer if West Ham are to have any hope of continuing the remarkable progress made by Moyes over the last two years.