Noel Whelan has admitted that he fears for West Ham’s top flight status if they fail to make any additions to their squad before the transfer window closes next month.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds United forward suggested that the current crop of talent that David Moyes has at his disposal may not have enough about them to avoid the drop over the coming campaign.
Hammers co-owner and chairman David Sullivan recently admitted that there are no guarantees that the club will be able to seal any deals before the transfer deadline passes on October 5th.
The Irons’ only incoming transfer of the window so far has been the permanent arrival of 2019/20 loanee Tomas Soucek from Slavia Prague.
But Whelan has claimed that reinforcements could be a necessity in their fight for survival.
Addressing Sullivan’s comments during an interview with Football Insider, he said: “They’re struggling to get players to join the club.
“They need help – they need strengthening and they need signings. I do fear that if they don’t get signings through the door, they could be in for a very, very long season – and a disappointing season. The fans will want to see some changes in terms of personnel inside that dressing room.
“At the minute, they’ve got to be worried about the season ahead. At times they’re getting close, but it’s not enough to get close. You’ve got to start winning football matches.
“Have they got enough in that changing room to win enough matches to keep them in the division? Right now, I think they’re going to struggle.”
Despite Sullivan’s gloomy admission, West Ham are still actively seeking to sign players before the upcoming transfer deadline.
As revealed by Football Insider earlier in the week, the Hammers have turned their attention towards trying to complete a move for Club Brugge midfielder Hans Vanaken, who has hit four goals in six games so far this season.