No excuses: the January priority is crystal clear

By Dave Langton

The January transfer window has to see West Ham invest in a proper right-back.

There are no ifs, buts and maybes about it; David Moyes needs to get a handle on the position, and bring in someone he truly trusts to play the role.

We know Harrison Ashby is likely to leave in January, with Newcastle sniffing around after seeing a bid knocked back in the summer, while there are rumblings that Moyes doesn’t fancy Vlad Coufal quite as much as he used to.

Ben Johnson is another option but he has never probed the complete answer.

As a result, the mission in the winter window is to bring in a player who is going to slot straight into the team at right full-back and actually perform.

We’ve seen Thilo Kehrer tested there and the results have been appalling at worst and bang average at best; he, too, looks like more of a centre-back.

Moyes has repeatedly espoused the virtues of patience but when it comes to the backline, we can’t afford to wait.

West Ham need to get a proper, first-class right-back in January. No excuses.


About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

5 comments on “No excuses: the January priority is crystal clear

  1. Kehrer is no right back, certainly not in a back four. Typical of Moyes irrational thinking, he put him straight in there after playing for Germany, in a totally different set up. It has failed clearly, but Moyes perseveres. Yet he won’t play Ashby, Johnson no run in the team, but pushes on with Kehrer at right back. Kehrer is either a centre back or a wing back in a back five, clearly.

  2. Coufal is the best right back at the club and that there is little doubt but we have a fool in charge of the team who obviously cannot see it.

  3. IF Moyes is playing to stick with a back 4, however, we’ve seen the integration of back 3/5 over the past year, and IMHO Kehrer fits in at right side of back 3 – with Zouma and Aguerd, which suggests to me getting in a right wing-back would fit the side moving forward. Just MHO

  4. Kehrer is surely a naturally left footed Player and when placed on the left plays well.

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