West Ham United boss David Moyes has laid out his side’s expectations for the January transfer window, hinting that signings are unlikely.
Speaking in his press conference ahead of his side’s Friday night Premier League clash, he hinted that unless there were departures who needed replacing, reinforcements are doubtful.
This may come as a concern to West Ham fans, with their team sat in 16th place in the table, despite some significant investment into the team in the summer.
Gianluca Scamacca and Lucas Paqueta arrived for big fees, amongst others, but they have been unable to stop the team sliding down the table.
“We’ve said recently that we probably don’t think we’ll be doing an awful lot of business in January, but that could change,” Moyes stated.
“At the moment, I don’t see us doing an awful lot of business, no.
“I think if players left then we’d need to replace them, we’d look to replace them if that was the case, but at the moment I’ve not got any indication of that, so we’ll see how it goes.”
TIF thoughts on West Ham…
Something needs to change at West Ham if they are to avoid relegation, but on paper, the squad looks capable of performing far better than it actually is.
There has been bad luck with injuries, with Kurt Zouma and Nayef Aguerd missing a lot of games, and defensive reinforcements would be desirable, but now look unlikely.
If the club choose to stick with Moyes through this slump, we think they will need to help him improve the team with signings, while if they choose to replace him, a new manager may want to bring his own players in during the January window.
A plausible scenario is that Moyes will be given longer to try and get a tune out of the current squad, and if things do not improve, the club may be forced to dip into the market to stave off the threat of relegation.