It’s been well-documented that the board are prepared to back new manager David Moyes with up to four signings this January, and the Scot has been given the go-ahead to sell whomever he sees fit to keep the club out of the relegation zone, one of the most notable options being Marko Arnautovic. The Austrian is clear dead weight on the first team squad, scoring only two goals this season, and being banned for three matches in only his second appearance for West Ham United against Southampton.
Two young names have cropped up alongside Marko’s as possible transfers, though: Reece Oxford and Josh Cullen.
Reece Oxford has ridden the wave of his “pocketing” of Mesut Özil back in his 2015 debut for quite a while, but that doesn’t mean that the lad doesn’t have a ton of talent.
Josh Cullen was Man of the Match more often than not while playing for League One outfit Bradford City in the 2016/17 season. This season for Cullen has been a different story as he was loaned to a clueless Championship squad that is Bolton (where he’s still been one of their best players), but we don’t have to get into that.
Sad to see Josh Cullen getting abuse on here. No one would relish playing in midfield for Bolton. Stuart got the best out of him at #bcafc— Andrew Hebden (@andrewhebden) September 23, 2017
Selling either one of these two players, who could quite possibly be amazing for West Ham in the next couple of years, would be quite the gaffe.
West Ham United has been known for its world class youth academy for years. Several legendary names in the footballing world have come out of the West Ham academy. Selling these kids, who have so much Premier League potential, is not the West Ham way at all. Mortgaging the future to keep the club up, when that can easily be done without selling youth, is not something that should even be a passing thought. Desperation does not excuse stupidity. Unfortunately, with this board, stupidity is becoming the norm.