West Ham have struggled to find stability under Manuel Pellegrini this season and their defeat to Brighton on Friday has raised the pressure.
Entering the game in a decent run of form, boasting four matches undefeated in all competitions, the loss against the Seagulls has flipped the formbook on its head as the leading stat is five losses in eight league matches.
A mammoth spending spree of over £100m in the summer saw the Hammers rejuvenate their defensive line and their attacking options but signings in the middle of the park were largely neglected, with Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez not providing enough of a boost.
A lack of creativity in the final third was evident on Friday evening amidst the continued absence of Manuel Lanzini, who is recovering from a long-term injury issue, and West Ham should move in January for a player capable of filling that void.
Boasting 12 goals and 11 assists for the MLS side in 2018, the 24-year-old could provide the missing link between defence and attack for the Hammers by combining with Marko Arnautovic, Filipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko.