West Ham completed another season-long loan deal for Carl Jenkinson a few weeks back and it was arguably our best piece of business so far in this window.
However, we are still significantly light in this position. Whereas Aaron Cresswell – at left-back – has able and upcoming deputies in Stephen Hendrie and Lewis Page, our back-up options on the right side of defence are less than desirable.
After Guy Demel was released at the end of last season, Joey O’Brien is now the only other recognised right back on our books.
O’Brien’s versatility would make him a useful addition for a Championship side but he is simply not good enough for the standard expected of West Ham.
Kyle Knoyle and Alex Pike are both showing signs of promise but they are far from ready for the first team.
Reece Burke and James Tomkins have both played at right back before but looked less comfortable than in their natural central position.
I appreciate that a reserve right back should be lower on our priority list than a goalscorer and a wide man, but as things stand we are set to start Joey O’Brien against Arsenal on the first game of the season because Jenkinson will be ineligible to play against his parent club.
So here are five right-backs that we should consider this summer and if not, then maybe in January…