West Ham have abandoned their pursuit of a new right-back, according to a report from the Daily Star, with Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen expected to be the Hammers’ only deadline day arrival.
The east London outfit have seen moves for Genk ace Joakim Maehle and Red Bull Salzburg star Rasmus Kristensen knocked back (Daily Star).
And according to the Star, David Moyes is happy to continue the rest of the season with what he has.
Could be a big mistake
West Ham are incredibly weak at right-back.
Ryan Fredericks is currently out injured, and he really hasn’t impressed at all since joining from Fulham in the summer of 2018.
Pablo Zabaleta, meanwhile, is 35, and is simply not the player he once was. The Argentine is leaving in the summer anyway.
Jeremy Ngakia made his debut for the Hammers against Liverpool on Wednesday night, but it is not fair to expect much of the 19-year-old this season.
Although the teenager did impress against the Reds, it was clear to see that he is still very rough around the edges, and Moyes should not be putting too much pressure on his young shoulders at the moment.
In truth, West Ham should really have been prioritising the signing of a new right-back this month. And failing to do so could end up being a really big mistake.
It seems incredibly short-sighted from the Hammers.
Zabaleta and Fredericks have racked up no goals and just two assists between them in a combined 30 appearances for West Ham this season (Transfermarkt).
Considering the recent trend and evolution of the modern-day full-back, those numbers really are poor.
And West Ham might regret not signing a new right-back before tonight’s deadline.