West Ham boss David Moyes has dropped a big hint about the first thing he’ll do in the transfer window to fix his problems.
After spending £170m on eight signings in the summer many might have expected January to be quiet at West Ham.
While it is a notoriously bad window in which to do business, West Ham may now have little choice but to get involved.
The Hammers are just two places and one point off the relegation zone as we enter the six week World Cup break.
And while that means over a month festering on what has been a woeful season so far, it also gives Moyes and his staff time to address the issues and come up with a plan to resolve them.
Some of the problems, though, cannot be fixed on the training pitch and will require a foray into the transfer market.
West Ham have scored just 12 goals all season – the joint second worst in the Premier League.
Profligacy has been a running theme of West Ham’s season.
The manager knows it and has highlighted the issue several times in recent interviews.
West Ham boss Moyes appears to have dropped a big hint about the first thing he’ll do in the transfer window.
The Hammers boss is under intense pressure to turn things around after the restart, which comes just five days before the transfer window opens.
And the Scot has dropped numerous hints he will be looking to bring in a striker with both Michail Antonio and Gianluca Scamacca struggling.
“Our Achilles heel at the moment is that our play is not bad and we’re threatening, but we’re not able to take the chances we’re getting and all the opportunities we’re getting…” Moyes told West Ham TV.
“But obviously we were lacking in the in the bit which really matters and that’s the goalscoring.”
Moyes also highlighted the goalscoring problem in his press conference after the Leicester defeat.
“We have done a lot of good things we just can’t find a way of scoring at the moment…” Moyes told the press (Football.London).
“We couldn’t turn the good periods into goals. I thought it was a good performance.”
By making it clear he was happy with the team’s performance but highlighting the clear issue of actually putting the ball in the back of the net, Moyes is surely planning to try and address that in the window.
That won’t be easy of course. It took him 18 months to sign a striker when he splashed £35m on Scamacca.
But most Premier League clubs operate with at least three strikers in their squad. So realistically West Ham are still short in that area.
Antonio will be 33 before the end of March and if the right player is available in January then Moyes has made it clear it is the big area he needs to address.
West Ham actually have an impressive January window record under Moyes. The club have signed Tomas Soucek, Jarrod Bowen and Jesse Lingard in recent winter windows – all of whom went on to be big successes.