'Nowhere near good enough' Three players West Ham should ditch in January

Slaven Bilic, Manager of West Ham United looks on prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Swansea City at London Stadium on September 30, 2017 in London, England.

West Ham United have made an inauspicious start to the new Premier League season and changes just be made come January.

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic is seen during the Premier League match between Burnley and West Ham United at Turf Moor on October 14, 2017 in Burnley, England.

The summer is already a distant memory for West Ham fans with their club suffering a hangover from last season.

Slaven Bilic's side have won just two of their first eight Premier League games and sit 15th in the table ahead of Friday night's match against Brighton.

But more worrying is the team's lack of attacking threat despite spending over £65million on the likes of Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew in the last two seasons to add to Manuel Lanzini, Michail Antonio, Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho.

Many blame Bilic for failing to use players in their right positions and build a coherent team around them.

But what has become clear is that there are a number of players who are simply not good enough for the Hammers if they do have ambitions of challenging the top eight or six.

January is just a couple of months away and the squad already looks like it needs freshening up, here are three players Bilic should ditch at the turn of the year, if he is still in the job by then.

West Ham United's French-born Ghanaian midfielder Andre Ayew celebrates after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and...

Andre Ayew

Looked a player at Swansea but has been a monumental waste of money for West Ham at £20.5 million.

Ayew offers little and whether it is Bilic playing him out of position - he played centrally as a fox in the box for Swansea and scored 12 goals - it just has not happened for the Ghanaian in East London.

Eight goals in 35 matches is not the kind of return the club would have been expecting and they should look to offload the former Marseille man to the highest bidder when clubs are desperate in the winter window.

Sam Byram of West Ham United (L) and Jefferson Montero of Swansea City (R) battle for possession during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Swansea City at London Stadium...

Sam Byram

People were very quick to write off Arthur Masuaku after he made a poor start to his Hammers career last season but on the opposite flank a player of the same age seems to get the benefit of the doubt time and again in Sam Byram.

The former Leeds United prospect has had the odd promising game but injuries and a lack of game time have hindered his progress.

The fact Bilic has played the likes of Antonio and Cheikhou Kouyate at right back ahead of Byram speaks volumes and Pablo Zabaleta was brought in as first choice for the position over the summer.

It is not like Byram is a youngster cutting his teeth, he is now 24 and his future looks to be away from West Ham. The club should receive plenty of interest from the Championship.

Jose Fonte of West Ham United in action during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United at The Hawthorns on September 16, 2017 in West Bromwich, England.

Jose Fonte

Jose Fonte has not had the best of times since signing for an eye watering £8million at the ripe age of 33 back in January.

Fonte actually turns 34 this season and although he has looked a lot more comfortable in a back three, the fact Bilic has had to adapt his formation to protect the ageing Portugal defender has impacted the side's effectiveness as an attacking unit.

Always likely to cost his side a goal West Ham must bring in better players or bring through one of their promising youngsters in Declan Rice, Reece Oxford or Reece Burke.

With clubs usually desperate to recruit at both ends of the pitch in January, the experienced Fonte could well attract interest from struggling Premier League sides or Championship teams aiming for promotion to the big time.

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