West Ham must sign free agent Jan Kirchhoff to save their season

West Ham United have made an unexpectedly disastrous start to the season following a big summer of change and spending, and Irons boss Manuel Pellegrini needs to bring in free agent Jan Kirchhoff to save their campaign.

What’s the word, then?

Well, while the east London outfit brought in big-name players like Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson during the summer, their new stars have failed to gel and impress yet following four straight defeats – including home losses against Bournemouth and newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

One of their main weak areas so far this term has been in the centre of the park, and while Jack Wilshere has been a regular, Declan Rice, Mark Noble, Pedro Obiang and Carlos Sanchez have all featured alongside the former Arsenal man at one stage, and haven’t offered the defensive stability that is required.

It was a position that clearly needed strengthening after last season, but it remains to be seen whether Sanchez is up to the task after he was widely criticised by his own fans on Twitter for his performance against Wolves.

Why should they sign Kirchhoff?

While the 6ft 5in colossus is currently without a club following a disappointing spell with Bolton Wanderers last term, he is still only 27 years of age and showed for Sunderland previously that he is more than adept in a defensive midfield role.

Strong and decent on the ball, the German would be willing to put his body on the line in order to salvage a career that is beginning to dwindle, and he would add some much-needed power and defensive nous in what is such a key area in modern-day football.

West Ham would have to get the nod from the FA to bring him in, but given they have plenty of room within their 25-man squad after it was revealed on Monday, it is surely likely that they would and it would be a move that saves their season.