It seems West Ham United fans are not alone in their concerns over the club’s lightweight squad.
Many Hammers supporters are worried the club will not back David Moyes to bring in the players he wants and needs for what promises to be a jam-packed season with Europa League football.
Overall the transfer window has been a slow burn so far, bar a few exceptions such as Aston Villa, Leicester and Norwich.
But West Ham need three or four big signings in key areas. So some fans are concerned by the lack of activity. There are now less than 50 days left until the summer window slams shut on August 31st.
Many West Ham fans worried by lack of squad depth and transfer activity
And with just a month to go until the season begins, it is not unreasonable to expect to see West Ham in the mix for new signings now the Euros are over.
Whether that is the long awaited striker, the arrival of Jesse Lingard, a new central defender or the defensive midfield cover Moyes needs remains to be seen.
Moyes knows he has work to do in the transfer window. The West Ham squad looks thin at the moment with the players who have been on international duty being given extended leave for holiday downtime.
Absence of international stars make Hammers preparation for jam-packed season extremely difficult
Many of West Ham’s key stars such as Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek, Vladimir Coufal, Andriy Yarmolenko, Lukasz Fabianski, Pablo Fornals and Said Benrahma won’t be back at Rush Green for another two or three weeks.
Hardly ideal preparation ahead of the opening game on August 14th.
Other clubs are of course in the same boat. But the difference is most have greater depth in the key areas where West Ham are lacking.
And speaking on camera after yesterday’s double header split squad friendlies at Leyton Orient and Northampton, a clearly agitated Hammers boss Moyes voiced concerns over his squad as the Euros limits his pre-season preparation (whufc.com).
‘We’re really weak’ Moyes voices West Ham squad concerns
“We’re really weak with the team at the moment, we’ve got a lot of players away at the moment and not back,” Moyes told whufc.com.
“So it’s not helping us at the moment because we can’t put particularly strong teams out but I thought tonight was a hard game for us, Orient played well I have to give them credit.
“We’ve got a long way to go. We’ve got a long, long way to go to get back but it’s difficult at the moment while we’ve only got half the squad so it’s not easy. We’re trying to get everybody in the best condition we can…
“Most of them (the Euros players) are not back for another two or three weeks yet so we’ll get some of them back and start to build them up.”