West Ham’s transfer deadline day didn’t go to plan and as a result their excellent season could fall by the wayside.
Hammers co-owner David Gold raised hopes when he tweeted ‘don’t go to bed’ late on Monday evening, however that optimism quickly turned to bitter disappointment as a ‘sorry for keeping you up’ followed with the transfer window slamming shut and no additions made.
It’s reported that the east London outfit saw deals for eight players fall through and with a recent injury crisis emerging it could be detrimental to their campaign.
The dreaded words of ‘Carroll’ and ‘injury’ reoccurred in the Hammers recent loss at Liverpool which is never a good sign, while top scorer Diafra Sakho is facing reprisals after returning from injury to play in the FA Cup fourth-round without Senegal’s permission.
Sam Allardyce left him out of the squad at Anfield and it appears likely he won’t play until FIFA’s investigation is concluded, leaving the side incredibly short up top.
Also, much like last term West Ham’s entire back-line is dismantled through injuries, leaving them in a tough predicament. Winston Reid, James Tomkins and James Collins are all out, meaning they may have no senior centre-backs to choose from for the visit of Manchester United on Sunday.
The Irons were seemingly in the market to strengthen in all areas of their squad but a striker and a defender would surely have been the prime targets. They had looked to their rivals Tottenham to secure deals for duo Emmanuel Adebayor and Younes Kaboul but ultimately missed out on the Spurs pair.
Had those signings come off they would be looking in tremendous shape as they both have proven Premier League quality, however as Gold later tweeted ‘there are people out there that you just can't do business with’.
The Hammers were also linked with numerous other defenders, including Marseille’s Doria and Genk’s Kara Mbodj, while a move for Sylvain Distin was also explored.
West Ham’s season thus far has more than exceeded expectations, with them sat eighth in the table and safe by the end of January, but with European qualification a realistic possibility and a cup run to contend with, reinforcements would’ve been a major boost.
Going into the business end of the term with the injury list they have some quality additions could have made the difference between them finishing in the top six or in the top ten – which should still be considered a great campaign – however their squad is beginning to look very thin.
It will be a massive achievement should they beat the likes of Tottenham, Liverpool, or Southampton to one of the European spots but now it's looking very unlikely.