“We need a striker!”
“We need a centreback!”
“We need better fullbacks!”
“We need a better keeper!”
What West Ham really need is a world class midfield. Is Danny Drinkwater “world class”? No, but he is surely a lot better than what the Hammers have to offer now! West Ham need a near complete overhaul of their squad, but if the powers that be decide to invest that money wisely in the midfield, there will be a dramatic improvement in offence and defense for the entire team.
Mark my words.
Look at the top six and their central based midfielders:
Manchester City: De Bruyne, Silva, Gundogan, Fernandinho, Delph.
Manchester United: Pogba, Mata, Herrera, Lingard, Matic.
Liverpool: Oxlade-Chamberlain, Can, Milner, Lallana, Milner.
Tottenham: Alli, Dembele, Eriksen, Lamela, Dier, Wanyama.
Chelsea: Kante, Fabregas, Drinkwater, Barkley, Hazard.
Arsenal: Ozil, Ramsey, Xhaka, Wilshere, Elneny.
Are they all top class, elite players? No, but because of team depth and intelligent managers they don’t need to be. Most can play on both sides of the ball, and the players who are attacking heavy are so dominant that they defend by simply holding onto possession and creating offensively.
West Ham’s five best central midfielders are: Noble, Lanzini, Mario, Kouyate, Cullen/Fernandes.
If you include Obiang who should be returning from injury soon, West Ham look a little more formidable, but realistically that is not a top half table midfield. Only Lanzini would seriously contend in any of the top six midfield.
What Danny Drinkwater would bring for West Ham is professionalism and experience to the team. He also has something to prove with joining a team like West Ham. Plucked from the miracle Leicester City team that won the league two seasons ago, Drinkwater has only featured a handful of matches for Chelsea, mostly as a sub. This is partly due to injury and also being at odds with his manager. He was called out by the coiffed head of his manager Antonio Conte, along with Ross Barkley, as their manager basically stated ‘what do you want me to do with Drinkwater and Barkley on the bench’ in reference to lack of substitutions.
Make no bones about it, despite not being elite Drinkwater is very much a Premier League player, and a good one at that. He would walk into West Ham’s side and immediately have an organizational impact. Realistically, West Ham need Drinkwater, an attacking mid, holding mid, and a defensive mid to move forward next season.
Barkley attacking, Dendoncker defending, and the likes of Cairney or Shelvey to mediate the midfield game and West Ham are in good shape! The only problem? $$$
With a rumored fee of £30 million, Drinkwater would eat a large portion of the transfer budget for West Ham. As far as i’m concerned, it would be money well spent, thought!