West Ham United’s central defensive department is an area that seems to be persistently overlooked ahead of the summer transfer window.
The Hammers’ desperate need to sign a top class centre-forward, an energetic central midfielder and an established left-back may well detract from our weakness at centre-back.
On the face of it, West Ham are fairly well covered at centre-back. Delve a little deeper, however, and there are some issues Moyes needs to address.
Angelo Ogbonna will soon be 33 whilst Craig Dawson is on the wrong side of 31.
Meanwhile, Fabian Balbuena faces an uncertain future at the London Stadium and the jury is still out on Issa Diop.
West Ham could save themselves millions by using Aji Alese and Jamal Baptiste
Hammers fans need not worry about our ageing back-line. We have arguably two of the very best young central defenders in England waiting in the wings.
Alese, 20 and Baptiste, 17 are both incredibly highly rated at the London Stadium. And rightly so.
The West Ham duo have excelled at youth level, and neither of them have looked out of place when playing for the senior side.
Alese and Baptiste seem to be destined for the very top. Next season may well come too soon for them but the West Ham fans should expect to see the young duo playing a major role for David Moyes’s side during the 2022/23 season.
Alese is undoubtedly the more advanced out of the two. He has looked so calm and composed when playing for the senior side. The 20-year-old has all of the attributes needed to go on and become a star.
The same can be said of Baptiste but as mentioned earlier, he is slightly more rough around the edges.
If they both continue to improve and develop with age, Alese and Baptise could end up saving West Ham millions in the transfer market throughout the course of the next decade.