West Ham United’s emphatic 4-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers achieved many things but it has also set a dangerous trap.
The somewhat shock victory has lifted the doom and gloom around West Ham.
Players deemed no good and with no future at the club have suddenly seen their reputations restored.
Several young and fringe players are impressing in the cup.
Happier Hammers as gloom is lifted
And West Ham have some points on the board when many were predicting they may not get off the mark until November given their difficult fixture list.
But the worst thing West Ham can do is think they don’t need to bring in players.
West Ham are the only Premier League club not to have signed any new players in this window.
Anyone watching the demolition of Wolves may think the Hammers don’t need to.
That would be a massive mistake, though. And one which could cost the club their Premier League status.
With a fully fit squad, playing as they did against Wolves, West Ham will be absolutely fine this season.
Moyes must not fall into dangerous transfer trap
But if there is one thing you can be sure of each season it is that West Ham will suffer their perienniel injury curse.
And injuries to just two or three key players could have disastrous consequences.
Take last season as an example. Injuries to Michail Antonio and Lukasz Fabianski completely derailed West Ham’s excellent start.
It turned a challenge for the European spots into a battle for survival.
While Darren Randolph is a better deputy than the hapless Roberto, West Ham do not have anything like quality, proven replacements for a number of key first team stars.
Antonio makes West Ham tick. If he were to be injured – and he is injury-prone – there is nobody in the Hammers squad that can offer the same attributes and impact.
One or two injuries to key players would have disastrous consequences
The same can be said of several players, the most obvious being Declan Rice, Tomas Soucek and Angelo Ogbonna.
God forbid if Antonio and Sebastien Haller were both to be missing at the same time.
Moyes must not fall into the trap of thinking he can make do with what he has.
West Ham have a £40 million budget according to unpopular co-owner David Sullivan (talkSPORT).
Yes they must spend it wisely. But spend it they must.
You have to try and improve your team at every opportunity each season. Even the likes of Liverpool have done just that.
West Ham only just scraped survival last year so they more than anyone need to improve.
The fans know it. Moyes knows it. Sullivan and David Gold know it.
They have less than a week to actually do it. The window shuts on Monday and the clock is ticking.