Transfer Opinion: Why West Ham need defensive additions
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2016-17 was an unsuccessful season for West Ham both on and off the pitch. The Hammers were unable to build upon 2015-16’s seventh place finish following the historic move away from The Boleyn Ground to The London Stadium. Many blame this upon poor dealings within the transfer window, with the club being unable to bring in a 20 goal a season striker as promised by owner David Sullivan and many arguing the squad got weaker with the departure of players such as James Tomkins, Alex Song, Victor Moses and Joey O’Brien. There is definitely work to be done... Goalkeeper Adrian was called up to the Spain squad for the first team this season, but within a month was dropped from the West Ham side due to constant rash errors. Ireland’s no.1 Darren Randolph came in and despite initial good performances, made several high-profile mistakes which seemed to affect his confidence and judgement. Adrian was recalled and kept four clean sheets in six games, but was poor in the 0-4 thrashing by Liverpool. West Ham essentially have two very good second choice goalkeepers with opposing strengths and weaknesses, West Ham need to find a ‘keeper who is very good in all attributes. Right Back West Ham have not paid money for a genuine right back since Lucas Neill arrived in January 2007. For the second half of 2015-16, it became clear West Ham needed a new right back. This came in the shape of Alvaro Arbeloa. Then 33, Arbeloa, played just four matches for the club and reportedly fell out with Slaven Bilic. Which was a shame, his legs had gone but he knew what he was doing. Michail Antonio, Havard Nordtveit, Cheikou Kouyate and Sam Byram played at right back throughout 2016-17. With the first three, they tried hard but their instincts weren’t that of a right back. Byram has shown potential but is still raw and error prone. West Ham leaked goals down the right side like there was no tomorrow. Pablo Zabaleta has signed and should be a good mentor for Byram, but it is unclear if he still has the legs.
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