During the summer West Ham United looked likely to sign a new left-back.
It is a position that has troubled the Hammers for a couple of years as Aaron Cresswell’s form and fitness have waned.
Arthur Masuaku has shone in short bursts. But in truth the DR Congo international has never convinced, particularly as a defender.
In many ways both players have showed the best and worst they have to offer this season already.
Cresswell was woeful in the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City on the opening day.
The best and worst of Aaron and Arthur
As a result he lost his place to Masuaku, who was superb until a harsh but naive sending off at Aston Villa.
Cresswell came back in and starred with two goals in two games and solid defensive displays.
Meanwhile Masuaku had his worst game for some time in the 4-0 Carabao Cup defeat at Oxford.
Despite the pair’s inconsistencies both have now been handed new long-term deals with the club.
Masuaku is signed up until 2024 while Cresswell penned a new deal until 2023 this week (whufc.com).
Many fans are not convinced either deserved their new contracts.
Some fans sceptical over new deals
And some believe the club needs to sign a top quality left-back to really push on.
But it is clear Manuel Pellegrini and the club do not plan on spending any money on a new fullback anytime soon.
It is a decision which will save West Ham millions. A quality fullback in the modern market would set the Hammers back anything upwards of £20million.
Hammers fans will accept the new deals as prudent, sensible business.
Haller needs help
But only if that money is spent elsewhere on the team. And Pellegrini should look no further than up front.
West Ham are well short of striker options this season.
The club is rather naively relying solely on record signing Sebastien Haller. Not only to score the goals but to stay fit all season.
That’s after the club shipped out all five of last season’s forwards over the summer.
Pellegrini only has the unproven Albian Ajeti in reserve.
Haller needs help and West Ham should look to give him some by bringing in another forward either in January or next summer.