West Ham's Michail Antonio looks dejected
West Ham's need for a right-back was highlighted again last night during their 2-1 loss to Chelsea.
The Hammers' summer transfer window has been dominated for their search for a striker and an Aaron Cresswell replacement at left-back, and in some ways, their need for an experienced right-back has been neglected.
James Tomkins was sold to Crystal palace last month, leaving Sam Byram as the club's only recognised right-back.
At 22-years-old, though, Byram is obviously considered to be not quite ready for regular first-team football in the Premier League, and Slaven Bilic has persisted with using one of the Hammers' most productive forward players Michail Antonio, at right-back.
West Ham's Sam Byram receives instructions
Not only are West Ham losing Antonio's attacking influence, but his ineptitude in the defensive role is actually starting to cost the club points. The former Nottingham Forest man always gives 100 per cent but his lack of defensive nouse lends itself to poor positional play, which in turn leads to costly errors.
The Hammers should prioritise the signing of a right-back before the transfer window closes, and an ideal acquisition would be Newcastle United's Daryl Janmaat.
The 27-year-iold Dutchman moved to St James' Park two years ago, and has gone on to make 77 appearances for the club.
Newcastle United's Daryl Janmaat
He would suit West Ham's playing style perfectly, with his willingness to bomb forward and help out the attacking players on the over-lap a feature of his game.
Janmaat's expert delivery would be a major asset with Andy Carroll to aim for in the middle, and the team as a whole would benefit greatly from having a player with such a good combination of both defensive and attacking qualities.
If Bilic doesn't believe Byram is ready for first-team football at the top level, there is absolutely no excuse for not bringing in an experienced right-back.
The Hammers should look to bring Janmaat in as soon as possible, or risk dropping more points by playing an attacking midfielder at right-back.
The Dutchman still has four-years remaining on his current deal with the Magpies, so the fee required to prise him away from Tyneside would likely be a substantial one, but with West Ham's increased financial power, it would be one that they could easily afford.
Daryl Janmaat in action for Newcastle