West Ham have turned a corner in recent weeks and enter Friday’s Premier League clash with Brighton on the back of a four-game unbeaten run.
Manuel Pellegrini endured a slow start to life in East London, losing his opening four league matches, but he is now starting to reap the rewards from a spending spree where he splashed in excess of £100m.
While specific attention was paid to the Hammers’ attacking ranks and defensive lines, less focus was placed on midfield where an injury-prone Jack Wilshere and a veteran Carlos Sanchez were the two additions in this area.
Wilshere, sidelined once again, was always going to struggle to remain fit for the entire season and Pellegrini’s issues have now risen even further as The Daily Mail report Sanchez requires surgery on a knee ligament injury.
That leaves West Ham’s options in the middle extremely limited with just Mark Noble, Declan Rice and Pedro Obiang to choose from in the senior squad.
Having utilised at least two central midfielders from the start in each of their Premier League matches so far, they cannot afford any other setbacks in this position and questions will be asked as to why further additions were not made in the middle of the park.