West Ham’s owners are under increasing pressure to sell the club after a group of players publicly spoke out against the sale of youngster Grady Diangana.
The young Congolese winger spent last season on loan at West Bromwich Albion and was expected to be welcomed back into the fold at West Ham this season, with manager David Moyes keen to use him as he looked to build a “young and hungry squad.”
His plans were trashed however, as David Gold and David Sullivan accepted a bid worth £18million from West Brom. The player signed a deal with the Baggies and will now compete directly against the Hammers as both sides fight to stay in the Premier League next season.
The official announcement drew huge criticism from fans but shockingly first-team players too, including captain Mark Noble. As well as Noble, Jack Wilshere and Sebastian Haller also publicly criticised the decision to sell the 22 year old.
West Ham briefed when the bid had been accepted that the club would reinvest the money almost immediately, with Brentford attacked Said Benrahma reportedly a target. But the hope fans were given was immediately dashed when it was revealed that the club wouldn’t match Brentford’s £20million asking price.
Benrahma would have shown some sort of ambition to at least help build the squad back up with young talent, with the Algerian being one of the best performers in the Championship last season.
But with a refusal to meet the asking price, West Ham are now seemingly sticking with their current attacking options who have failed to perform like Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko.
With Moyes looking to build a certain type of squad the owners clearly selling players over his head, they’re not providing the best situation for him to succeed.
Fans have been calling for the two Davids to leave the club for a while now and were recently told by Sky Sports and talkSPORT presenter Jim White to “stop complaining and get behind the team.” But with clear issues between the owners and the management/playing staff, West Ham are heading for big trouble this season.
The club can rectify the situation by signing Benrahma and another couple of young talents to show they still have a long term vision but the likelihood of that becoming a reality is low. Sullivan and Gold have their own interests at heart and West Ham fans are slowly losing their club. They need to fight to get it back and the players speaking out is a big help.