Crazy West Ham transfer decision is coming home to roost and David Moyes must address it in January

David Sullivan, West Ham owner and David Gold, West Ham chairman look on during the Premier League match between Burnley and West Ham United at Turf Moor on May 21, 2017 in Burnley,...

West Ham United are paying the price for neglecting to improve the weakest part of their team sufficiently in the summer.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic (l) and David Moyes of Sunderland react during the Premier League match between Sunderland and West Ham United at Stadium of Light on April 15, 2017 in...

West Ham have replaced Slaven Bilic with David Moyes after a disastrous start to the season with just two wins from the opening 11 games.

The Hammers have the worst defensive record this season shipping 23 goals - an alarming rate of more than two per game so far.

It should be no surprise, though, given the Hammers had the fifth worst defensive record in the league last season despite finishing 11th.

And the poor start to the season has exposed just how neglectful Bilic and the West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold were in the summer window.

West Ham United owners David Sullivan and David Gold look on prior to the Premier League match between Burnley and West Ham United at Turf Moor on May 21, 2017 in Burnley, England.

All the talk once again in the close season was about signing attacking players to push on and challenge for the European places.

The East Londoners only made four signings in the summer with Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez brought in to improve their forward options.

Goalkeeper Joe Hart arrived on loan but was only ever going to be as good as the defence in front of him.

Ageing fullback Pablo Zabaleta, who turns 33 in two months, was the only addition to defensive unit which already contained two centre backs turning 34 this season and another turning 30.

It is the second season in a row West Ham tried to solve their problem right back position with an ageing free transfer following in the footsteps of Alvaro Arbeloa.

Pablo Zabaleta of West Ham United reacts to giving a penalty away during the Premier League match between Southampton and West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium on August 19, 2017 in...

Winston Reid has been injury prone ever since he arrived at the club and Cheikhou Kouyate is too important in midfield to keep playing out of position at centre back.

The level of neglect for a Premier League team - and one with owners claiming they want to challenge the elite - is staggering and it has come home to roost already.

Now it is up to David Moyes to make them harder to beat in the short term and focus his recruitment efforts in January firmly on the back line.

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