Wednesday, December 7, 2022

West Ham United Ready To Provide Burnley Defensive Ace An Escape: Should Dyche Allow Him To Go?

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.

West Ham United are hot on the pursuit of Burnley goalkeeper, Tom Heaton. The 32-year-old has been upstaged by Nick Pope to the number one spot due to an injury to his shoulder. Despite being the captain of the club, Sean Dyche has found it hard to reintroduce Heaton back into the starting XI lineup, making his future with the club highly uncertain.

The Hammers are on the lookout for a shot-stopper now that Joe Hart has completed his season-long loan spell at the London Stadium. The Englishman will not be returning to the Etihad or will be travelling to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He has run out of his contract with Manchester City and is no longer being considered by Gareth Southgate for the national team.

Unless the Hammers find anybody else by the end of the summer transfer window it is unlikely for Hart to get a new contract anytime soon. His performances in between the sticks have been inconsistent and full of schoolboy errors.

He almost triggered his own downfall after failing to meet the standards of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, whose first instinct was to put the 31-year-old up on sale. It looks like the season-long banishment has not really made any improvements in the goalkeeper’s career and West Ham are left chasing potential replacements for the upcoming season.

Adrian has struggled to do his level best, often falling into the rotation with Hart. He might quit the side as well this summer with just the 19-year-old Nathan Trott left as the competent option.

The Hammers technical team will have to look for ways to convince Burnley to part ways with their long-serving goalkeeper. The player himself might not mind the switch since his starting berth is almost guaranteed at this point.

West Ham need to make these quality signings in the summer window in order to prevent their current seasonal woes to repeat itself. The team was festering in the bottom three spots earlier in the campaign which forced the owner to fire Slaven Bilic from the head coach position.

David Moyes came in to introduce some stability into the side and successfully delivered a relegation escape. However, his contract has not been extended either and the team’s defence could do with some extra work.

Read More: West Ham United Looking To Sign This ‘Eccentric’ Midfielder From Southampton: Is He Worth A Gamble?

The club hardly any options on the wing and are struggling to make a competent midfield presence. Getting two of players off the wage books should be enough to offer Heaton a lucrative offer.

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