It has been a pretty miserable weekend. My morning was brightened only a little by the gallows humour displayed in the The Sun's West Ham match report, which opens with,
"The last time West Ham were relegated the big fear was their players would all leave.
The concern this time is that they might stay."
With relegation being all but a certainty many West Ham fans have probably already given a thought or two to how many of the current players will be here next season. The owners have already indicated that West Ham's 'England players' will be sold in the summer.
With West Ham's huge debt it also seems certain that the current owners are already preparing for a fire sale of the current squad.
Upson is out of contract and seemed destined to leave the club anyway. Parker will obviously be a big target for other clubs, with rumours that Sp#rs are still interested in signing the West Ham midfielder. Demba Ba, with 5 goals in 10 games, looks to be a likely target for a number of other Premier League clubs. Green also will presumably be in demand.
Hitzlsperger I assume will be moving on and, if anyone wants him, I assume Carlton Cole will also be sold.
West Ham will almost definitely be desperate to move on Faubert, Dyer and Barrera.
Obviously this is all speculation but it seems to me that West Ham will be left with something like,
Goalkeepers: Marek Stech, Peter Kurucz
Defence: Jacobsen, Tomkins, Da Costa, Gabbidon, Reid
Midfield: Collison, Noble, Spector, Kovac, Boa Morte, Stanilas, O'Neill
Attack: Piquionne, Hines, Sears, Nouble
This looks like a reasonable spine but it will need strengthening in all departments.
So (barring a miracle escape from relegation) which players do you think West Ham should be targeting to help them escape from the Championship?