David Moyes wants to add depth to his West Ham United midfield over the January transfer window and says that he has inherited ‘an imbalanced squad’ from previous manager Slaven Bilic.
The Scot, who was appointed in November, admits that he has a surplus of forward players but is lacking in numbers in the centre of the park.
He is also keen to add quality on the right flank to challenge Michail Antonio for his place in the side.
“I’ve given players opportunities,” Moyes said after the draw with Bournemouth on Boxing Day, as reported by the club’s official website.
“I’m in a hurry and I have to be in a hurry and because of that I cannot wait three or four months to see how you do.
“Ideally, I’d have had six or seven pre-season games to understand what they’re like and what they do, but I’ve not.
“I’ve got to say every player has shown great desire and is committed in training, but I think we’re short in some areas and overloaded in others.
“For example, we’ve got lots of forwards, but we’re really short of midfield players.
“We’ve got quite a few who are comfortable playing on the left, but not so many who can play on the right, so we’ve got a little bit of an imbalanced squad which we’ve got to straighten out in January if we can.”
With the Hammers currently hovering just above the Premier League relegation zone, Moyes will be keen to bring in some new faces and begin to mould the squad in his image over the next month.
His side finished 2017 with a dramatic 3-3 draw at Bournemouth, with the home side netting a controversial last-gasp equaliser to deny the Irons all three points.
Callum Wilson was arguably offside as Nathan Ake nodded the ball across the six-yard box and appeared to glance it into the net with his upper arm.
Despite the disappointment of failing to see out the match, West Ham have undoubtedly improved under Moyes’ stewardship and will be looking to open the new calendar year on a positive note when West Bromwich Albion visit the London Stadium on Tuesday.
The games then come thick and fast with next Thursday’s London derby against Tottenham Hotspur, followed by an FA Cup trip to Shrewsbury Town on the Sunday.