David Moyes has confirmed that West Ham are looking at midfielders in the January transfer window, but who should they go for?
Moyes told Sky Sports that West Ham needed to add midfielders to his squad. "We have players in other positions, quite a few of them, but at this moment in time we are short on midfield players," the Scotsman said. "We had to start with two 18-year-olds in midfield and against Arsenal that is always going to be difficult."
And he's right, midfield is certainly the biggest area of concern for West Ham. None of the options there are any good, really. Pedro Obiang is probably the best and as the Arsenal game showed he is capable of some staggering lows.
West Ham targeting Sevilla's midfield maestro Steven N'Zonzi (according to the Daily Mail) makes a tonne of sense in this regard. N'Zonzi is a massive upgrade from Obiang, Mark Noble and pretty much everyone else in that midfield.
But there are two problems here:
The first is that Everton are probably in a stronger position to sign N'Zonzi than West Ham. They obviously have a financial advantage and they also have a more balanced squad with quality youngsters N'Zonzi could mentor.
The second is that even if they sign N'Zonzi, they haven't really solved their creativity problem. See, N'Zonzi is a fabulous player at the base of midfield. A defensive midfielder equally capable of starting and breaking up attacks. But he's more in the Busquets mould than, say, Iniesta. He'll get things going, but West Ham need someone to get the ball into the final third.
So who could West Ham get to be the bridge between N'Zonzi and the forward line with Manuel Lanzini, Michael Antonio and the strikers? Who could be that central playmaker? Well, look to the west at Roque Mesa.
Yes, the same Roque Mesa that is currently struggling with the terrible Swansea side at the bottom of the league. But that's just it: Swansea are terrible. Nothing is working over there, and Roque Mesa is a fabulous footballing talent ideal for this role at West Ham.
Roque Mesa would come in, immediately form a superb partnership with N'Zonzi (last season the pair were no. 1 and 2 for passes completed in La Liga) or Obiang and just get things going. He would circulate the ball superbly, allowing West Ham to build genuine possession that could move them collectively up the field to where they can hurt opponents by unleashing Lanzini, Antonio, etc. in attack.
Moreover, because Swansea are struggling they are likely to be open to offloading the Spaniard, either on loan or permanently. Roque Mesa wouldn't be expensive and would be able to play alongside or instead of Steven N'Zonzi.
Roque Mesa would be cheap, quality and a great fit for West Ham. He'd make their whole side better.