It now looks like David Moyes made a big mistake not bringing Rico Henry to West Ham in the summer.
Are the Hammers board to blame, however?
Arthur Masuaku will be out for the foreseeable future having undergone knee surgery.
And our lack of depth at left wing-back might now just come back to bite us.
There is a real danger that all of West Ham’s good work could be undone. Masuaku has been absolutely vital for us this season.
Having him unavailable for selection will be a real blow. Does David Moyes move Aaron Cresswell to the left wing-back role? Perhaps the Scot will play Ben Johnson there or even Robert Snodgrass.
The really annoying thing is that this situation could have been easily avoidable.
And it would have cost us just £5 million.
Penny pinching is a false economy
The former Walsall ace has racked up one goal and two assists in 16 games for the Bees this season (Who Scored). He was one of Brentford’s best players last term and is clearly ready to make the step up to the next level.
David Moyes obviously failed to bring Rico Henry to the London Stadium in the end. That clearly looks like a huge error now. But is the Scot to blame?
Or was he inadequately backed by the club’s owners David Sullivan and David Gold?
There is a very good chance that it’s the latter.
The irony of it all is that had West Ham strengthened in one or two key positions in the summer, there is every chance that we could have pushed for the top six.
The club would have earned more money from a potential high finish in the table and European qulaification would have brought extra riches.
The penny pinching is deeply entrenched in short-term thinking. And whilst the owners may have saved money in the summer by not backing Moyes, the long-term consequences could be catastrophic.
Let’s hope that Arthur isn’t out for too long. Because if he is and David Moyes doesn’t sign an established left wing-back in January, our slide down the table could be quite the spectacular one.