In the mercurial world of football transfer rumors, it is tough to know just where to put any stock. Many would argue that there is no such place, but if the rumors surrounding West Ham are to be taken with any seriousness at all, then the question to be posed at the moment is whether or not the players being linked with the club are meant to give a solid platform to get up and stay up or if they are simply a quick fix for the current situation.
One must hope that it is the former, as a club like West Ham can afford to push for a sustained stay in the Premier League upon achieving promotion. This is not to say that it will be easy, or even that promotion is in the bag. This is a purely hypothetical outlook. That being said, given the current standings and runs of form, West Ham should by all accounts get promoted. Before getting drawn into a debate about what the club should look for, let’s try our best to see what they are looking for, given the information available.
As it stands at the writing of this article, there are reports linking the following players with West Ham United: Andy Johnson, Liam Ridgewell, Mervan Celik, Kane Ferdinand, Nicky Maynard, and Adam Lallana. This group can be divided into two distinguishable categories, with one third being experienced, arguably aging players. The remaining two thirds is made up entirely of young and exciting players. Andy Johnson is 30 and Liam Ridgewell 27, while the oldest of the younger players is Nicky Maynard at 24. Given these facts, it would appear that West Ham would be looking to strengthen the squad and add some depth while keeping a sharp eye on the future. This appears to be a good mix of experience and youth, but everyone knows that not everyone on a club’s shopping list gets purchased (or even can be), and that this list is based upon rumors and some very tenuous information. With that in mind, the fun can now begin with wholly hypothetical debate about who West Ham should and could pick up in January.
Personally, I’d like to see the focus on the youth, as they all seem to be fairly exciting and promising players. That being said, not a single one of them is a centre back, where West Ham is most in need. Therefore, perhaps a combination of youth and experience is in order. Again, this is all hypothetical, and it’s hard to see Birmingham wanting to part with Ridgewell. It is also hard to see Southampton parting with Lallana, but it must be said that with these potential players, the club is doing a good job of focusing on achieving promotion and staying up, with a good mix of youth and experience on the radar.
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