Harry Redknapp suggested that West Ham United have recruited well recently, when speaking on Transfer Deadline Day on Sky Sports last night.
Redknapp has completely missed the point, however.
Hammers fans were fuming yesterday as the board failed to back David Moyes by bringing a striker who the Scot wanted to the London Stadium.
Harry Redknapp delivers baffling West Ham recruitment verdict
We did make some decent acquisitions in the summer. But we quite simply needed to do more if we have genuine ambition of a top six finish this season.
Harry Redknapp suggested that the Hammers have done well with player recruitment, however, when speaking on Transfer Deadline Day on Sky Sports last night:
“They have recruited well. David has done a great job and I mean they have recruited well. The two Czech Republic boys have been outstanding, haven’t they?! It’s all about injuries. They let the centre-forward go, Haller. He was a massive disappointment, so they have had to bite the bullet with him. If they keep the squad fit then, I mean they had a disappointing day [against Liverpool], but I still think they can finish seventh or eight this year. They look capable of that. David Moyes has done a great job there. And they have recruited well, which is good.”
The 73-year-old pundit badly missed the point here, however.
West Ham’s main priority in January should have been to sign a top class striker. If we weren’t going to do that we shouldn’t have sold Sebastien Haller.
Heading into the second half of the season with only one senior striker is a kamikaze move. And it’s a criminal move from the owners.
Sure, Coufal and Soucek have been incredible signings. But signing those two players is just nowhere near enough!
Not only do we need a striker, but we also badly need a central midfielder and a left-back.
The West Ham squad is paper thin. Any injuries to key players and we will finish in mid-table this season, it’s as simple as that.
The owners have let the fans, the players, the manager and the football club in general down.
And that is the point that Harry Redknapp failed to grasp last night.