West Ham are being linked with a move for Chelsea and England midfielder, Ross Barkley, as David Moyes looks to rebuild his squad.
Moyes is apparently keen on landing Barkley to improve his midfield options. Although, Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard has dismissed the idea of the Blues midfielder leaving.
West Ham won their first two under Moyes before losing to Sheffield United last weekend. However, despite some elements of improved performance, there are still some issues with the Hammers squad.
So would bringing someone like Barkley into the squad solve the problem? There’s an argument to be made that it won’t make much difference.
Hardly setting the world alight
Plenty of football fans would agree that Barkley has failed to live up to his promise.
After breaking through as a youngster at Everton, many expected him to kick-on the same sort of vain that Wayne Rooney had done previously.
A move to Chelsea has been hit and miss, and while he’s put in some decent performances at times, he’s still not a first XI regular under Frank Lampard.
Furthermore, he’s left his manager less than impressed with a number of off-field mishaps.
Putting it simply, if David Moyes thinks Ross Barkley is going to turn the Hammers’ entire season around, then he’s looking at the wrong player.
Already better options?
The problem with Barkley is where is his best position? He’s been played deep, as a number ten, or as a number eight at times. He’s capable in all those positions but has mastered none it seems.
West Ham already has the likes of Felipe Anderson and Manuel Lanzini in attacking midfield.
Deeper in the midfield, Declan Rice and Mark Noble seem to have things locked down. It once again, then, begs the question of where would Barkley fit in.
Yes, he’d be a good squad addition. But in terms of making a real difference for the Hammers, it’s hard to see him really setting things alight.