For the second year in a row, West Ham United are challenging for an European spot. This comes as good news for West Ham fans, who feel like their club was taken from its roots when the ownership partners David Sullivan and David Gold moved the club out of their home in Upton Park to the London Olympic Stadium. They promised that it would allow the club could take a step towards the big six clubs, which they have. But it’s not all smooth sailing in East London.

When Covid hit and games had to be played without fans at the stadiums, many thought that West Ham would be the biggest winners of that. That’s how toxic the atmosphere had gotten at the London Stadium, where fans were demanding for the owners to sell the club. Recent results have eased that a bit, but still demands for new owners are everywhere. It is rumoured that the owners will sell the club next year, when a clause in the rent deal for the stadium expires.

West Ham manager David Moyes has taken a very careful attitude to transfers. He has not brought many players in during his tenure and wants to make sure that the players he signs are not only good enough on the field, but also a good fit personality wise. It has led to some good signings, like the Czech duo of Tomas Soucek and Vladimir Coufal. It has also led to West Ham not making any signings in this year’s January transfer window, despite the squad being thin in almost every position, mainly at centreback, where they lost Angelo Ogbonna with a knee injury for the rest of the year. When his centreback partner Kurt Zouma went down with an injury as well earlier this year, they had only two healthy senior centrebacks, Craig Dawson and Issa Diop. This would be the partnership, if the club decides to terminate the contract of Zouma after a video of him mistreating his pet cats emerged last week. This does look unlikely.

Some of their players have also struggled with performance. Issa Diop and Andriy Yarmolenko both have been bad all year and that showed especially against the sixth tier Kidderminster side, where Diop was panicking every time he got the ball and Yarmolenko was trying to showboat without success. Only the goals of red hot Jarrod Bowen and superstar Declan Rice saved them from absolute embarrassment.

The club was expected to splash the cash after getting a money injection from a new Czech investor, but nothing happened. In the media there have been rumours, that the owner David Sullivan was making bids he knew wouldn’t get accepted, just to make it look he is trying. One of these kinds of bids was the £50 million bid for Leeds superstar Kalvin Phillips.

West Ham desperately needed depth to handle the long season with European games coming up as well. They also need to show to players like Declan Rice that they are willing to invest and really want to win. If not, they are risking losing him to a rival club like Manchester United or his childhood club Chelsea. And if that happens, all of the good work made at the London Stadium for the last few years will be wasted.

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