David Moyes has delivered a frankly ridiculous West Ham transfer update that the club’s fans will hope is just a ruse.
They say you can’t kid a kidder and West Ham fans have been kidded on all too often over the club’s transfer ambitions in the past.
Moyes is old school and plays his cards close to his chest when it comes to transfers, injury news, team selection – the lot.
And West Ham fans can only hope his latest transfer update is the Scot playing things down somewhat ahead of the summer window opening on June 10th.
Fans and pundits were highly critical of West Ham’s owners David Sullivan, Daniel Kretinsky and David Gold for failing to get deals done for the players Moyes wanted in January.
Expectations were high given West Ham had so much to play for in the second half of the season and such a shallow squad in key areas.
This summer West Ham face a real crossroads as a football club. Moyes has built something special in east London, but the Hammers have the second oldest squad in the Premier League and a host of players out of contract, retiring or set to leave as they are not part of his plans.
With several players already needed in key areas such as up front, central defence and at left-back – it means West Ham will require at least six – and as many as eight – new players in a big rebuild.
David Moyes delivers ridiculous West Ham transfer update that fans will hope is just a ruse
But now Moyes has delivered a ridiculous West Ham transfer update that fans will hope is just a ruse (Evening Standard).
The Hammers boss appears to have changed tack, saying he will “try” to add to his squad this summer and that he is looking to sign “a couple of players”.
“We will try and add to the squad if we can but we have a really good team at the moment,” Moyes told The Evening Standard.
“If we can get another couple of players we will do that.
“But I don’t think it matters whether we’re in Europa League or Conference League (as to whether it changes transfer plans), we’ll embrace either.”
“If we can” “We’ll try” “A couple of players”. Pull the other one.
This has to be Moyes playing things down. It can be the only logical explanation.
Because West Ham already need three players – up front, left-back and centre-back. And that’s before Ryan Fredericks, Andriy Yarmolenko, Alex Kral and Mark Noble leave.
On top of that Arthur Masuaku has no future at West Ham, Angelo Ogbonna is coming back from a major injury and turns 34 in 10 days, Craig Dawson has just turned 32, Alphonse Areola’s loan is set to expire and both Manuel Lanzini and Issa Diop have been linked with moves away too.
Lukasz Fabianski is 37. And Nikola Vlasic has showed no sign that he will suddenly catch fire and look anything like the answer for West Ham next season.
There can be no excuses in the summer window.
West Ham must show ambition and back Moyes with some serious money if the Hammers want to continue to compete for the top six.
Next season a host of clubs will undoubtedly be stronger including Newcastle, Aston Villa, Manchester United, Arsenal, Spurs and – should they stay up – Everton.