Despite a heavy summer of spending, some problem positions remain at West Ham.
One is definitely defensive midfield, and another issue is potentially developing at left-back. Aaron Cresswell was reliable at centre-half in a back five last season, but endured a shocking start to the season.
That got the Englishman dropped in favour of Arthur Masuaku. The Congolese defender offers energy going forward but lacks defensive instincts; his failure to track Glenn Murray cost West Ham dearly against Brighton last week. Perhaps he is better off as a winger.
That got West Ham fans think about the January window and who they might like to see fielded at left-back.
One name that kept coming up was Ryan Bertrand. The experienced Englishman is currently with a struggling Southampton side; they are devoid of identity and going nowhere fast under Mark Hughes.
He would likely not be cheap – Transfermarkt value him at £18m – but that hasn’t put the supporters off…
Bertrand would be a good shout
— FELIPE FLAIR (@GingerPele22) October 11, 2018
Ryan Bertrand!!! Ramsey if arsenal are getting rid too!!
— ⚒Mark Corner⚒ (@MrMarkCorner) October 11, 2018
Don’t think Bertrand is that much of a reach to be fair! Would assume Ramsey would be Liverpool bound if he were to leave, feels like he’d suit their system
— Anthony Gunnell (@SolariseMusic) October 12, 2018
Bertrand, Hendrix & don’t sign a striker
— Tim Kolk (@tim_kolk10) October 11, 2018
Bertrand, RLC, and C Wilson
— COYI!!! (@Nathanbi77) October 12, 2018
Bertrand at Left back?
— Luke Pacey (@lukepacey1) October 11, 2018
Bertrand, Welbeck, Danilo
— m i k e a i r m a x (@_NailOnTheHead) October 11, 2018
At LB someone fairly young but experienced like Max from Augsburg, Bertrand, PVA or Holebas. CDM we should look for a Kante-esc player or someone of Danilo Pereira’s calibre, so either Thiago Maia/Thiago Mendes from LOSC or Guilavogui/Tousart. ST isn’t needed unless Chicha goes
— Alan (@_AlanWHUAlan_) October 11, 2018