Surely a good defence doesn’t turn bad overnight and therefore a move for new additions at the back is a tad of a knee-jerk reaction?
WEST HAM could have a fight on their hands to keep their star players after reports emerged that Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is planning a £15million double raid for defenders Matthew Upson and Herita Ilunga. (Guardian Series)
Whilst its true that our defence has been shocking at times this season there is a danger of throwing the baby out with the bathwater on this one. For the past four seasons or so we have been rock solid at the back and are regularly one of the more miserly teams with regards to goals conceded and with the exception of Sami Hyypia’s departure, we are pretty much the same as we were last term so we have the personnel we just lack the conviction and consistency this term.
When any two from Jamie Carragher, Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel are firing on all cylinders then I think we are pretty strong at the back and whilst Greek international Sotiris Kyrgiakos is not a spectacular signing he is an experienced head to have around who still needs to get used to the pace of the English game.
I rate both of these West Ham players but at the same time do not see the wisdom of investing in the back four with what little finances we have. We are far more in need of a back up striker and perhaps a left winger of note than we are in need of centre backs.
We also have Daniel Ayala to call upon and he has shown in his thus far feledgling Liverpool career that he has potential to shine when called upon.
Rafa just needs to get the back four believing in themselves again and that can be tough after a run of poor results and stunningly inept performances. For some reason we just turn off when a simple ball is played into the box but with a good bit of man management Rafa can hopefully wake up his charges because I honestly believe that a good defence doesn’t turn bad overnight.