This article is definitely NOT an I told you so moment, the paucity of Hammers squad is rather historical now, as there is nothing that can be practically done before the January window opens, or is there? The left side of Hammers defence, so long a paragon of meanness, has been dismantled of late, to paraphrase Oscar Wilde “'To lose one may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”!
Coping without 'the Angel' Ogbonna was a difficult enough task on its own, but losing Aaron 'he with the manicured hair' Cresswell has presented David Moyes with a problem which he would far prefer not to have. Left footed players have always been at a premium, an understandable fact as only one in eight people are naturally left sided, it is possible to be 'converted', the problem being when push comes to shove the naturally right footed player will always revert to type.
This manifests itself when for example, a player is on the left flank and is due to cross the ball into the box, a left footed player can make the cross without breaking stride, whereas a right footed player has to cut back before he can make the cross. It seems like a small margin, but it is on small margins that David Moyes' team tactics are based, sudden counter attacks with a pin point ball smashed in to the box, usually by Aaron Cresswell, usually with a pass out of defence from Angelo Ogbonna.
The Angel is out for the rest of the season, fortunately Cresswell will be available for the incredibly important London Derby against Chelsea on Saturday lunchtime at the London Bowl, but what about the left imbalance? We at the Org are on the verge of kidnapping David Moyes until he plays Issa 'I can play with both feet' Diop alongside Kurt Zouma.
It is not as if Ogbonna's deputy Craig Dawson has done much wrong, it is just that Diop is more dynamic, and while he WILL have a mistake in him, so what? Moyes has recently played Authur Masuaku and he definitely DOES have a mistake in him, so what is the difference?
Come on Moysie, climb down from your horse for a minute to help see the wood from the trees, if not you might be in danger of not seeing the weather for the stormy seas! - Ed