While West Ham United finally picked up their first points and win of the Premier League season with an impressive 3-1 victory against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday, there may still be some doubts over their midfield issues.
Irons manager Manuel Pellegrini struggled to find the right formula in the opening weeks of the campaign with the likes of Declan Rice and Mark Noble failing to impress when they were on the pitch alongside regular Jack Wilshere, with Carlos Sanchez another that came under fire from his own fans on Twitter for his display in the 1-0 defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier this month.
It was Rice, Noble and Obiang that got the nod on Merseyside in the absence of the injured Wilshere, and while it resulted in a victory it remains to be seen whether it is the long-term answer for the east London outfit, or whether Pellegrini is content enough to not want to strengthen the area further during the January transfer window.
One person he should be targeting is a player he actually managed during his spell in charge of Manchester City – Fernando.
The 31-year-old midfielder is currently plying his trade for Galatasaray, and he produced a brilliant midfield performance in his side’s 3-0 Champions League win against Lokomotiv Moscow in Istanbul on Tuesday night.
As well as making three tackles, five interceptions and winning five aerial duels from a defensive point of view, as per WhoScored, he also showed that he can set his team on the attack too with two key passes and seven accurate long balls – something the likes of Felipe Anderson and Marko Arnautovic could thrive on when they are countering.
Pellegrini knows the defensive stability that Fernando can bring to a team, and he should do everything to bring the Brazilian to the London Stadium in January.