It has been a tough season for West Ham United, they are staring relegation down the barrel but what area’s do they need to strengthen in come next season. Here are three player the Irons could sign for next season.
Jeremy Ngakia’s confirmed departure from West Ham now leaves the Hammers with just two right back options. Ben Johnson and Ryan Fredericks.
With Johnson injured and still developing himself to fit the fullback role, Fredericks is the Irons only experienced right back following the departure of former Manchester City captain Pablo Zabaleta.
Gonzalo Montiel has been linked to East London for a number of months and there are rumours that the deal is already done and it is hoping to be announced when the club’s status in the Premier League is confirmed.
The 23 year old has cemented himself in the River Plate line-up and is a one time Copa Libertadores winner.
Able to play at right back he can play a flexible role moving up to the right midfield as well as moving to centre back if required.
Needing a right back is by far David Moyes first priority in the next transfer window (if Moyes is still around) and Montiel would be the perfect choice with a market value of £8m it would be an affordable option for first choice right back.
When it comes to goal scoring, West Ham have struggled this season with summer signing Sebestian Haller failing to live up to expectation and coming under scrutiny for his work ethic.
The real issue though is that Haller’s time at Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt was enjoyable to watch due to the support he had up front through the form of Luka Jovic and Ante Rebic.
This support up front is a factor that has seen the Frenchman score just seven goals this season, an attacking option that could be available comes in the form of Patson Daka.
Red Bull Salzburg have been a surprise package in the Champions League this season playing their part in a entertaining 4-3 loss to holders Liverpool.
Erling Haaland’s departure from the Austrian outfit has enabled Zambian striker Daka to flourish.
A total of twenty four goals in thirty appearances has shown he has filled the void that the previously Norwegian left.
Moving to the Premier League would be a massive step up for Daka and would be the next level for him to improve his style of play.
A 4-4-2 formation would work for the young attacker playing on the right alongside Jarrod Bowen who will be able to feed crosses in.
Being in a strike partnership will add a more attacking element to Daka’s style of play and improve his team work and overall work ethic.
Not the first name on everyone’s list when it comes to goalkeepers, but Dragowski is perhaps one of the best upcoming shot stoppers in world football.
The 22 year old has applied his trade in Serie A for Fiorentina having spent the 2019 season on loan at Empoli.
A record breaking keeper, Dragowski holds the Serie A record for most saves made in a match at seventeen against Champions League quarter finalist’s Atalanta.
West Ham’s current number one and fellow Polish international Łukasz Fabiański has been in the spotlight recently after making a number of mistakes particularly against Liverpool at Anfield earlier this season as the Hammers came away on the wrong end of a 3-2 result.
At the age of 35, Fabianski has perhaps passed his best after playing for Arsenal and Swansea and the Irons will be looking for suitable replacement.
Dragowski has started 97% of Fiorentina’s games this season keeping eight clean sheets in thirty games. His biggest
An athletic keeper, he is know for his show stopping saves and is very good with pressure inside the box something Fabianski often lacks.
In conclusion, West Ham’s biggest worry at the moment is finding a suitable right back that can compete or even take the step above Fredericks so for me the one player the Hammers have to sign is Gonzalo Montiel.
A hard working fullback is what the Irons have to bring in during the transfer window.