West Ham United find themselves in a dire situation in the Premier League.
With the team flirting with the relegation zone and set for a gruelling run of fixtures which starts with a trip to Manchester City tomorrow, it’s safe to say that changes will have to be made in the future.
For that reason, here are three players David Moyes should be looking to offload in the summer to free up a portion of his wage bill and kick start a revamp of the squad.
When everything is said and done, Wilshere’s inclusion on this three-man list is no major surprise. With only 323 minutes under his belt in the ongoing campaign, the midfielder has hardly been used in 2019/20.
Granted, injuries have played their part – this is Wilshere we’re talking about after all – as the 28-year-old is yet to recover from the groin issue that’s been keeping him sidelined this season, while he had a similarly disruptive problem last season when he was forced to undergo ankle surgery.
There seems to be no end to the former Arsenal trainee’s injury nightmare, and it appears a career once defined by promise and gargantuan expectation for the future is set to fizzle into something barely even representing mediocrity.
When we add in the fact that he’s the team’s second-highest earner with an annual salary of £5.2m, the picture suddenly becomes much clear: Moyes should ship him off in the summer.
Another player who has fallen victim to major injury problems in recent years is Winston Reid.
The 31-year-old has been contracted to the east London outfit since 2010 and is a genuine servant for the Hammers, but it’s unlikely he’ll return from the injury as the combative enforcer he once was.
He made his last appearance for the club against Swansea City nearly two years ago in March 2018 before a serious knee injury derailed his career.
Given his peripheral status and annual salary of £3.64m, it would be wise for the club to get him off the payroll in the summer.
Sanchez’s case is far more straightforward. There simply doesn’t seem to be an obvious place for the defensive midfielder in squad as the 34-year-old is clearly well past his best.
So far, he’s only played 338 minutes across all competitions in 2019/20 and his contract is also due to run out this summer.
With no clear indication that the club are considering renewal, it would be for the best if the Colombian was sent packing so the Hammer can free up some space on their wage bill.
Currently, he is earning a respectable £2.6m per year and when we add all three players’ wages together, Moyes could be saving up to £11.44m by shipping them all off in the coming summer.