Why West Ham need this DEAL secured sooner rather than later

Football FanCast columnist Rob Facey wonders why West Ham haven’t already secured the future of Matthew Upson.

Matthew Upson is yet to be offered a new West Ham contract despite other first team players already putting pen to paper.

The England international said he has yet to receive any paperwork from the club, so why are the Hammers dragging their feet in securing his future?

“I haven’t heard a thing. I believe other players may have been in touch but I may be next on the list, who knows. When that moment comes we’ll sit down and have a chat,” said Upson, as reported in The Epping Forest Guardian.

But are Gianfranco Zola and the West Ham board playing a risky game by letting the defender’s contract linger?

The former Arsenal and Birmingham centre back has been a key player in West Ham’s climb up the table this season and although Upson is enjoying life at Upton Park, he did not fully commit his future to the club.

“I’m happy with the
way things are going. I’m enjoying my football so we’ll see what happens”

he added.

So why is it that the club are letting their star defender
wait? Scott Parker and Herita Ilunga have both signed new deals, so is it just a simple case of working down a list?

If so, is it not worrying that Upson is not nearer to the top? If Zola is to continue to rebuild things in East London then having experienced players like Upson is key.

Perhaps the reason his contract has been left is because the current owners wanted to see what the money situation was at the end of the season before offering out more big contracts.

The club hamstrung itself with huge deals for the likes of Lucas Neill and Freddie Ljungberg and as a result have have to scrimp and save in other departments. Keeping an in-demand defender of Upson’s calibre waiting, however,is not a good idea.

West Ham are currently 7th and although a UEFACup push seems out of their reach this season, this should be a realistic target for the club next year.

However, they might find it that much harder without their best defender.