By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

13th Nov, 2023 | 7:40pm

David Moyes has January transfer window ultimatum amid ‘stupid’ West Ham United issue - expert

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Frank McAvennie believes West Ham manager David Moyes needs to sort out his current defence or else bring in new players to do the job.

The East London outfit currently sit in ninth place in the Premier League table, with 17 points from their 12 matches so far.

But only newly-promoted Sheffield United and Burnley, along with Bournemouth, have conceded fewer league goals than West Ham this season, as per the official Premier League website.

Speaking to West Ham Zone, McAvennie said: “I don’t think Moyes has that big a squad that he can afford to lose many players, so it might not be about players leaving in January. But there are players that will definitely go, people that are not getting games.

“But I think they need to bring players in, and they need to sort the defence out. Vladimir Coufal has come back in and I think he is back to being his fighting best. He needs to get his international teammate Tomas Soucek to do that as well, because he’s not been at it for a while.

“Defensively, we’ve got to sort it out because we are letting in stupid goals. Either the defenders need to play better or we need to look at bringing in new players, because stupid goals are costing us. I’m not going to blame anyone, but we’ve got to sort the defence out. Defence is where I would look to strengthen, that’s for sure. Bring in quality rather than quantity.”

The Hammers brought an end to their four-game Premier League winless run on Sunday (12 November) with a 3-2 victory against Nottingham Forest.

The East London club went into the clash at the London Stadium on the back of three successive league losses to Brentford, Everton and Aston Villa and a draw with Newcastle United.

A trip to struggling Burnley is up next for Moyes and his side on 25 November when club action returns following the upcoming international break.

In other West Ham news, Hammers co-owner David Sullivan has made a Moyes sack decision at the London Stadium club.