West Ham’s January spending dilemma will become the focus of most Hammers over the next few weeks. With the club in its present 16th position, decisions will need to be made on how much can be spent in the window and indeed by whom.
In a recent quote to Claret and Hugh, the board indicated they will not trust the manager to make further signings until the current crop he bought in the summer have proved themselves. Moyes has a big obstacle to overcome. The position quite simply, as it has been explained to us by a top source, is that he needs to show he has made the right signings, saying: ‘Everybody knows performances and results must improve.’
That makes Arsenal away and Brentford at home two hugely important games for Moyes who, if he gets the results he needs, will presumably be in a stronger position to spend whatever is available. If he doesn’t, it may not only be a case of him not being allowed to buy anyone but possibly facing the exit door on the back of results.
Moyes may have done himself no favours whatsoever in claiming we will be fighting for a position at the top of the Premier League whilst at the same time claiming various new players will need time – up to a year – to settle in. That’s been a regular comment as far as Scamacca in particular is concerned and it’s hard to make sense of how the two things fit together.
Surely the art of buying in the summer was to ensure the players we brought in could do it now and maintain the progress we have made. Personally, I’m unsure about any of the signings and believe the manager to be between a rock and a hard place.
Let’s hope to God the team and Moyes hit the ground running when we return from the World Cup.