West Ham have a real problem in central midfield.
Hammers skipper Mark Noble will be 33 in May. Carlos Sanchez will almost certainly leave and it is still unclear as to whether Tomas Soucek will make his loan move a permanent one in the summer because of uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus implications.
If West Ham do get relegated (if the season eventually does resume), then it is highly unlikely that they will be able to sign the Czech ace.
So if they are unsuccessful in bringing the 25-year-old in, they will obviously have to spend some money to strengthen their central midfield ranks.
Or will they?
Conor Coventry could save West Ham millions
The 19-year-old is thought very highly of at the London Stadium, according to Football.London.
He was loaned out to Lincoln City on loan in January. And he has already made a big impression with the League One club.
Coventry has already been dubbed the ‘Irish Iniesta’ by Lincoln.
The young midfielder is very comfortable in possession, and has a wonderful array of passing. In seven League One outings for Lincoln this season, Coventry has averaged 22.4 passes per game, with a very impressive completion rate of 77.1% (Who Scored).
He is obviously still very young, and has a long way to go before he is ready for regular Premier League action.
But he certainly has the talent and potential. That goes without saying.
If Coventry continues to work hard and improve, he might just go on to become a truly elite player.
And if the 19-year-old does do that, he will save West Ham millions in the transfer market.