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Deadwood: Five Players David Moyes Should Show the Exit Door in January

Deadwood: Five Players David Moyes Should Show the Exit Door in January

The future of West Ham United FC is once again hanging by a thread as they sit perilously poised in the relegation zone.

London Stadium

London Stadium

Once upon a time you may have heard a section of support state that ‘we’re too good to go down’, but these days there is a very real sense of dread on the terraces. With a managerial appointment of a rather pragmatic nature, it seems as though the owners are all too aware of the pickle the Hammers are in.

What would happen to the club if were to be relegated to the Championship while occupying Olympic Park? They are a strong tip to do so and financial ramifications of that don’t bear thinking about.

David Moyes has work to do in January’s transfer window, and he may need to free up some space in his squad before those much-needed reinforcements can be brought in.

David Moyes

David Moyes

So, Dave, let us lend you a hand. Here are five players who we can readily ship out to pastures new when the window reopens.

Diafra Sakho

Nobody would be hugely surprised if Sakho left the club in January given that, by his own admission, he wanted to leave in the summer.

A Deadline Day move to Rennes was all but signed, sealed and delivered back in August, but as is often the case the formalities were not completed in time and the Senegalese striker returned to London with his tail between his legs.

Sakho gave an interview to a French journalist back in October when he spoke about his time at the Hammers in the past tense – “I spent three wonderful years at West Ham. I still want to leave”, and so we will surely be saying au revoir to a player desperate to return to his adopted homeland.

It’s a shame as the 27-year-old has a goal or two in him, as he showed in his first season at the club, but when the heart yearns for home it is best to cut losses and recoup a decent percentage of his fee when the transfer window slides open in January.

Robert Snodgrass

It was those rabble-rousing troubadours Public Enemy that first coined the phrase ‘don’t believe the hype’, and it appears as though we fell hook, line and stinker for it when we splashed out £10 million on the then 29-year-old back in January.

It was such a strange signing given that Snodgrass has never really lit up the Premier League apart from a three-month spell for Hull last season, when he scored a few and created a few most notably from set pieces.

Had this player hit his peak in the autumn of his career? That was hugely unlikely, and more predictable was the fact that he regressed back to his mean level of performance almost immediately after joining the Iron.

The fact the Scot has already been told he can leave the club permanently, with Aston Villa his most likely destination, speaks volumes, and while David Moyes may be tempted to bring his countryman back from his loan spell when the window opens surely it would be wiser to cash in on a diminishing asset while we still can.

Reece Oxford

When Reece Oxford became the youngest ever player to pull on the claret-and-blue at just 16 – in a 2-0 win at Arsenal no less – realistically he had the world at his feet. A graduate of our famed academy, the world was Oxford’s oyster.

A loan move to Reading soon followed; fair enough, you might think, for the young man to get plenty of game time and learn his craft on the job.

But those opportunities never materialised, and Oxford returned to the capital having made just five appearances for the Royals.

Why didn’t he kick on? It’s hard to say, but maybe the wider football public once again fell for the prophecy that because you are exciting at 16, you are duty bound to be world-class by 19. How many players have fallen through that particular net?

He’s now out on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach, and reports suggest the German outfit are willing to table a bid of £10 million to make his temporary move permanent. After all, they like their ball playing defenders out there.

It’s just a crying shame Oxford hasn’t been able to join the long lineage of stylish defenders that formerly graced the Boleyn Ground in years gone by.

Sam Byram

Football is known as the beautiful game but it can also be a cruel business, and from a purely economic perspective sometimes harsh decisions have to be made.

And so Sam Byram, the talented right back, may be coming to the end of his time in East London.

The 24-year-old was much heralded at Leeds United, and when we signed him the general consensus was what an exciting coup we had made. Here was a fine English prospect who appeared ready to take his career to the next level.

But a series of injuries have impacted upon Byram’s time at the club, and since joining almost two years ago he has made just 29 appearances in the claret-and-blue.

Canny transfer business is as much knowing when to sell as it is who/when to buy, and while he has a few years left in the tank now is the time to move Byram on, recover some of his fee and hope the youngster can enjoy a fresh start in new surroundings.

Andy Carroll

Okay, so this is something of a surprise inclusion, but hear us out.

Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll

Pundits often talk about Andy Carroll’s lack of goals, and to some extent they have a point: he hasn’t contributed double-figures in a single campaign since 2010/11.

But there is more to the pony-tailed frontman’s game than just putting the ball in the net, and those who watch him play week in, week out can recognise that.

However, therein lies the problem: it is very rare to see Carroll playing more than two games consecutively, such is the fragile nature of the otherwise robust striker’s frame. He has only made 20 or more starts in one of his last five seasons.

The other issue with Carroll is that his mere presence in the team predicates a certain style of play. If you’ve got a big lump up front, lump it up to him – that’s the acquired wisdom.

Historically, though, that’s not our style. Plus, we’ve got ball-playing talents now – Arnautovic, Antonio, Lanzini, Ayew – who can play smarter and fashion chances for Chicarito; a rather more consistent goal-getter.

With his reputation as a battering ram intact, Carroll could still go for a song to a side like Stoke or West Brom. It would be a shame to see him leave, of course, but it would be a move that allows us to return to our ingrained pass-and-move culture.

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