By Liam Thomas

13th Sep, 2022 | 5:10pm

West Ham United may end up being disappointed by Ross Barkley transfer blunder

West Ham will be ruing their transfer mistake after watching Ross Barkley’s dazzling performance in Ligue 1 for Nice against Ajaccio on Sunday.

The 28-year-old midfielder came off the bench and registered three key passes in 19 minutes, three more than any other player on his team; an impressive feat for a player labelled past his best [Who Scored].

The Hammers were linked with Barkley in the final days of the window but a move failed to transpire with David Moyes opting to stick with his current squad options [90min].

Nevertheless, signing Barkley as a free agent and adding some vital Premier League experience to the squad wouldn’t go amiss in Moyes’ side.

The Premier League season is long and with the Hammers now having European football on the calendar a wider selection of tried and tested legs in the squad would have been handy.

Furthermore, it seems as though Moyes has lost trust in one of his midfield summer signings.

Summer signing Downes failing to adapt

West Ham’s midfield summer signing Flynn Downes has failed to impress and hit the ground running, Barkley would’ve been a safer bet, for now.

Moyes has already openly admitted that Downes needed “more time” to settle at the London Stadium, and this is worrying, to say the least. [Football London].

It certainly doesn’t bode well for the 23-year-old’s chances at making a dint in the first-team this season.

A one-year deal for Barkley would’ve made more sense; he’d of had the chance to prove himself and if it didn’t work out both parties could’ve gone their separate ways.

It will be interesting to see if Barkley can rediscover some of the form that saw him touted as England’s next great hope.

A move to Ligue 1 might be the ideal remedy to bring the best out of him again, but West Ham have missed their chance to capitalise on this now.

With one win from six games, the Hammers are lingering in the relegation zone and are desperate for some new ideas; a move for Barkley would’ve been a smart one short-term.