West Ham United fans have woken up this morning with a sense of frustration, as the club failed to land major targets on transfer deadline day.
One of the most high-profile names mentioned was Leander Dendoncker, who looked to be in line for a switch to the Hammers from Anderlecht.
However, in the end West Ham failed to land the Belgium international or any other midfielders, leaving David Moyes decidedly short in the centre of the park.
With only two fit senior central midfielders available currently, the Hammers boss fielded Pablo Zabaleta in the boiler room in the midweek clash against Crystal Palace.
With Pedro Obiang and Edimilson Fernandes set for prolonged periods on the sidelines, one West Ham deadline day move just does not make sense.
Reece Oxford was allowed to return to Borussia Monchengladbach on loan for the remainder of the campaign, which may be seen as a positive move that will be good for the youngster’s development.
However, with West Ham so short of numbers in midfield, allowing the rising star to leave the club doesn’t make much sense.
It is widely accepted that Oxford’s best position is as a centre-half, but his versatility and ability to play in midfield surely could have been of use to Moyes.
With Oxford a rising star at the Hammers and regarded highly nationally, restricting his first-team opportunities is only going to push him away from the club – while leaving West Ham short of options in the heart of their team in the process.