West Ham are in real trouble at the moment. They have some incredibly difficult games on the horizon
In truth, the Hammers seemed doomed.
It’s not all doom and gloom, however. West Ham have performed a miracle escape before.
The east London outfit survived the drop back in 2007 when they looked all but relegated with just 10 games to go.
If West Ham do manage to avoid relegation, however, the football club still need to start again and build for the bottom.
Here are seven players we think the Hammers should sell, even if they do stay up this season…
Firstly, this list does not include the likes of Carlos Sanchez and Pablo Zabaleta who are out of contract in the summer anyway
This is the most obvious one of the lot. The Spaniard has been a total disaster since joining the club in the summer of 2019. He is currently on loan with Alaves so hopefully West Ham can convince the La Liga side into signing him on a permanent basis in the summer.
The 26-year-old is incredibly inconsistent. He doesn’t seem to have the fight, spirit and desire needed for a club like West Ham. And the sooner that he is moved on the better.
The Paraguay international has been absolutely atrocious this season. He is slow and laboured, lacks any kind of mobility and his ball dispersion is horrendous. He has to be someone who is moved on this summer.
The Argentine seems to have lost his confidence and ability since returning from a serious injury. Most concerning of all, however, he seems to have lost all interest in playing for the Hammers. Moyes should be able to recuperate a decent fee for Lanzini too.
The 28-year-old crock could be out for the rest of the season after undergoing a hernia operation. It is vital that West Ham move him on this summer, and get his £100,000 per week salary off their wage-bill.
Now, it could be argued that the Swiss hitman hasn’t been given ample opportunity to prove himself. But at the same time, when he has played, he has shown very little promise.
The Hammers should be targeting British strikers who have proven themselves in the Premier League. Just look at what Danny Ings is doing at Southampton. Or Jamie Vardy at Leicester. Or Dominic Calvert-Lewin at Everton.
The Ukrainian has really struggled with injuries since joining West Ham. He has been really disappointing when he has played too. Now is the right time to sell Yarmolenko, as the east Londoners should still be able to recoup a decent fee for him.
Selling those seven players would see around £450,000 per week in wages saved by the Hammers. It could also see them recoup somewhere around £50 million plus in transfer fees.
And it would give them a chance to rebuild and bring in younger and hungrier players on smaller salaries.