West Ham United are back in action at home to newly-promoted Bournemouth this evening, with David Moyes’ side seemingly in need of a positive result having failed to win their last two Premier League games.
A return to the London Stadium should well spark an improvement for the Hammers having recorded two of their three top-flight wins this season on home soil, with their most recent league triumph having come against Fulham just over two weeks ago.
Since then, while the east Londoners have maintained their perfect start to life in the Europa Conference League, they have since been held to a draw by Southampton and narrowly suffered defeat to Liverpool at Anfield in midweek, ensuring that Moyes’ men are now 12 points worse off than they were at the same stage last season.
That is a rather damning statistic considering the extensive recruitment that the former Everton boss oversaw in the recent window, with the 59-year-old potentially in need of a new solution to truly kickstart his side’s domestic campaign.
One possible answer to their current woes could well be that of veteran defender, Angelo Ogbonna, with the Italy international seemingly an ideal figure to strengthen the backline, particularly with teammate Craig Dawson still something of a doubt at present.
The 34-year-old has endured his own injury woes of late after limping off in the recent home win over Anderlecht, having previously been sidelined for much of the 2021/22 campaign after suffering a cruel ACL blow.
Moyes has since admitted that losing the centre-back in the early stages of last term was a notable blow as the club were enjoying their “best form” with the 13-cap brute partnering Kurt Zouma in defence, having subsequently “started to dip a little bit” following the ageing gem’s absence.
As the Scotsman also suggested, Ogbonna provides a “left-sided balance” in the backline, with the current side having been missing that left-footed presence of late, as stricken summer signing Nayef Aguerd still waits for his first appearance for the club.
Turning to a “leader” such as the former Juventus colossus – as described by journalist Sam Delaney – could well help to stabilise the defensive unit, with the £70k-per-week menace having thus far made just two substitute appearances in the league this season.
It could then well be a timely decision to thrust the one-time Torino man into the fray for his first Premier League start of the campaign tonight, with the Hammers potentially in need of a calming, experienced head to provide a rock-solid presence in the side.