Three key issues for the club to resolve this summer

With the Hammers avoiding Premier League relegation for another season, there is much to be done off the field this summer. West Ham fans want and expect better than another dogfight, so here’s a look at some key issues the club must resolve before the new campaign gets underway in August.

David Moyes: Stick or twist?

Some sections of Hammers supporters are unhappy with negative tactics and playing style under current manager David Moyes. He did steer West Ham away from the drop, however, following the board’s decision to sack Slaven Bilic in the autumn.

Moyes WHU FC

Majority owners David Gold and David Sullivan must now decide whether to extend Moyes’ contract. They are said to be long-time admirers of Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez, who continues to face an uncertain future on Tyneside with Mike Ashley indecisive about selling the club.

Whoever is Hammers boss at the start of next season, both Moyes and Benitez clearly want more of a say over transfers in their present roles. Moyes has said a change in culture is needed in East London, so without assurances over that extending his stay at West Ham may not appeal anyway

New Goalkeeper Required

Hart West Ham

Not even Joe Hart’s staunchest supporter can say with any conviction that he’s done enough to earn a permanent transfer from Manchester City. In the Premier League for West Ham, he conceded twice as many goals as he played games.

Spanish stopper Adrian, who was initially displaced from between the posts when Hart arrived on loan, has kept more clean sheets than his temporary rival but is the only senior goalie on the Hammers’ books. This needs to be addressed.

All the chopping and changing in goal between Hart and Adrian hardly helped West Ham in their relegation battle, and there are odds of 4/1 with Sky Bet that they are not so lucky next season and go down. Signing a keeper to either provide competition or cover for Adrian is essential.

Adrian San Miguel

The Hammers are long odds-on at 1/7 to stay up next term but must shore up their defence if they are to be worthy of such a price. They are also short at 1/3 for a bottom half Premier League finish again in 2018/19 and 9/4 to break into the top 10. We’d recommend to check the latest betting offers online from major bookies for more interesting WHUFC related odds next season.

Strengthen spine with centre back signing

With veteran James Collins out of contract this summer and Jose Fonte leaving the Hammers for China in February, the club looks a little short in the heart of defence. New Zealand’s Winston Reid will return from injury next season but under Moyes natural full backs Patrice Evra and Aaron Cresswell have had to slot in at centre half.

Aaron Cresswell goal v Leicester

Operating with players out of position is not usually a recipe for success, so a commanding presence to marshal the backline. If such foundations can be built – and it may be worth West Ham’s while looking at sides less fortunate than themselves for bargain buys after Premier League relegation – then that is a starting point for improvements.

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