West Ham United's performance in the 1-0 defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend was a major disappointment, and highlighted some concerns for Manuel Pellegrini.
One of the biggest problems was left back Arthur Masuaku, as his lack of defensive awareness resulted in him completely losing Glenn Murray for the only goal of the game.
With Aaron Cresswell struggling earlier this season and Masuaku not looking much better, left back is becoming a major concern for West Ham, and a new signing must be considered in 2019.
A number of players should be considered, but one player who was linked over the summer will be available for free on a pre-contract agreement in 2019.
When West Ham were pursuing a deal for Lazio winger Felipe Anderson – a move which did go through – La Repubblica reported that left back Jordan Lukaku was also discussed as being part of the deal.
Lukaku ended up staying in Rome and has been out injured so far this season, but is set to return to training tomorrow, and could sign a pre-contract agreement in January as his Lazio deal expires at the end of the season.
The 24-year-old brother of Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku, Jordan has great strength and attacking ability, and would almost certainly be an upgrade on the inconsistent Masuaku.
West Ham were quoted considerable fees for Lukaku over the summer, but they can now sign him for free in January – and should already be preparing a pre-contract offer to lure him to East London.