Former West Ham United hero Rob Green has pulled no punches with a message to the club’s owners David Sullivan and David Gold.
The Hammers continued their crusade for European football with a win over Leeds United on Monday night.
Goals from Jesse Lingard and Craig Dawson sealed a nervy victory for West Ham who now sit fifth with a game in hand on all four sides above them.
The victory intensified talk of David Moyes leading the Irons into the Champions League.
West Ham win intensifies talk of Champions League dream
That is certainly the aim and the dream.
But in reality qualification for the Europa League would still be a hugely impressive achievement for West Ham.
Former Hammer of the Year Green was a guest on Sky Sports for the game.
There was plenty of praise for what West Ham have done this season.
But Green also sent a stark warning to Sullivan and Gold over an alarming lack of depth in Moyes’s squad, something Hammers fans have been bemoaning for some time (Sky Sports MNF).
Ex Hammers hero Green sounds warning to Sullivan and Gold over lack of squad depth
“It can turn around very, very quickly,” Green said on Monday Night Football.
“You look at the state of the club as a whole, yes it would be great to get the fans back, yes it would be great (to get European football) but they need investment in the squad IF they’re going to compete in Europe.
“(Tomas) Soucek (has) missed one minute of football this season, (Declan) Rice has missed none. You look at the two centre halves, who is there to replace them? There’s not many.
Green: ‘Moyes must tell owners ‘support me, back me’
“Who’s there to replace (Michail) Antonio? There’s no-one. There’s not those options right now.
“If they do get into European football, that is a big ask on these guys physically and mentally and that needs the recruitment and that’s where David Moyes will have to go in (to the owners) and say ‘support me, back me’.”
Green makes a salient point. West Ham have no viable central midfield back-up for Soucek or Rice.
And they certainly need at least one striker in the summer if not two.
According to Moyes himself ahead of the Leeds win, Sullivan – West Ham’s majority stakeholder and key decision maker – is ‘brave’, trusts him and wants success for the club.
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