West Ham should make a move for Newcastle's Janmaat to solve right-back woes

Daryl Janmaat celebrates scoring the fifth goal for Newcastle

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic should look to Newcastle United's Daryl Janmaat to help solve the club's right-back problems.

West Ham's Michail Antonio looks dejectedWest 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 instructionsWest 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 looks dejected at the endNewcastle 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.

Stoke City's Jon Walters in action with Newcastle United's Daryl Janmaat Daryl Janmaat in action for Newcastle

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