West Ham were beaten 3-1 at home to Tottenham on Wednesday night, as they were dumped out of the Carabao Cup in the fourth round.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini will be left with a lot to reflect on and it’s clear that he still has plenty of work still to do at the London Stadium.
The Hammers have had a fairly disappointing start to the Premier League considering their busy summer of spending, but it seems like they may need to strengthen further again in January.
One key area that should be a major concern for Pellegrini is at left-back, where first-choice options Arthur Masuaku and Aaron Cresswell are both erratic.
Masuaku, 24, is the preferred starter of the pair and has been a regular in the XI so far this season.
The left-sided flyer can provide a decent threat going forward, but once again in the defeat to Spurs in midweek his defensive frailties were on show again.
Meanwhile, teammate Aaron Cresswell has featured in just five games across all competitions so far this campaign and it doesn’t look like he will cut the grade under Pellegrini.
The 28-year-old doesn’t possess the energy of a modern-day left-back and can be exposed defensively too, despite the fact he can take a brilliant set-piece.
West Ham would instantly become a much better side if they signed a quality left-back in the winter window and it should be a priority in January.
The position has now become such a key part of football in this era and Pellegrini needs to find the right man for his system.