Speaking recently on an episode of the U Irons podcast, Roshane Thomas claimed that the West Ham United board will not likely back David Moyes in the January transfer window.
Following the arrivals of Vladimir Coufal, Said Benrahma and Craig Dawson in the summer transfer window, as well as the permanent signing of Tomas Soucek following his loan spell last season, West Ham have highly impressed in their 2020/21 Premier League campaign thus far.
After 17 games played, David Moyes’ side currently occupy 10th place in the league table, just three points behind Tottenham Hotspur in fourth, and only seven behind league leaders Liverpool.
Although, with the Hammers still said to be short of cover at left-back, centre-back, in goal, defensive midfield and up front, January would appear to be the prime time to bring in fresh faces in order to maintain West Ham’s climb up the league rankings.
However, Thomas, speaking on a recent episode of the U Irons podcast, claimed that any incoming moves in January appear to be unlikely, as the board do not look like they are going to back Moyes financially in the current window.
He said: “We’re in a pandemic, and with huge uncertainty economically as well for West Ham right now, no money from gates – in fact, prior to the [Crystal] Palace game, I asked Moyes about his plans for the January transfer window and he said it’s going be tough, [there’s] pretty much no money at West Ham right now. They’re looking at loan deals – if anything.
“So, I reckon it could be a case where we see outgoings before arrivals come in. It’s a great shame, because [they’ve had a] great start to the season, [there’s a] great opportunity to build on that in the second half of the campaign. But, due to a lack of finances, I just don’t feel like the board will back Moyes during this window. That’s also a big part of why he hasn’t been offered a new deal – it’s due to the lack of finances right now.”
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As such, despite the fact that Michail Antonio has been sidelined because of injury, with his stand-in, Sebastien Haller, struggling for league goals, and the fact that Moyes has a lack of depth in the central midfield and left-back areas, it would appear that, unless there are significant outgoings, West Ham will not be overly active in the January market.
However, considering that the side have performed impressively up until this point, the hope of a successful season remains in east London, although, this may well hang on how many of Moyes’ starting XI can stay fit over the course of the remainder of their campaign, should no reinforcements arrive this month.