West Ham close in on decision to cancel contract of Winston Reid
West Ham to cancel the contract of decade-long servant
After an unexpected season in 2020-21 that saw West Ham claim one of the European places, the Hammers strengthened their squad once again this summer when they brought in five signings to the London Stadium including former Fulham standout Alphonse Areola (loan), Kurt Zouma, Nikola Vlašić, Alex Kral (loan), and Craig Dawson.
But with improvement has come the need to clear wages off the books of those deemed surplus to requirements, and one of those players that the club has attempted to part ways with is long-time center-back Winson Reid.
Now 33, Reid has been at West Ham since his move from Danish outfit FC Midtjylland in the summer of 2010. The New Zealand international was a key asset for the club from 2011 to early 2018 before a serious knee injury in March 2018 has all but ended his career at the club.
His well-established track record of injury issues has seen him miss over 130-matches due to time on the treatment table dating back to the 2013-14 season, and with his wages being on the higher end of the squad list at a reported £70,000-a-week, David Moyes and the club brass have seen fit to explore the drastic measure of outright cancelling his contract at the club after a move away did not materialize this summer.
Could Reid play a tertiary role with 2-years remaining on his deal?
With success comes greater considerations, and West Ham tackling a continental campaign this season is both a blessing and a curse. More money into the coffers and raising the club profile closer to a standing not seen in a long while is good to see, but the increased match volume will undoubtedly add the potential of too many minutes into legs in certain areas.
West Ham already has just the single true centre-forward in Michail Antonio, and – for the moment – five centre-backs on the books; to reduce that to four with shedding Reid’s contract would leave David Moyes with just four available.
Any potential injury crisis in that area could have an effect similar to what Liverpool tackled last season, and though he has not played for the club in two seasons (despite loans at both Brentford and MLS side Sporting KC), Reid could at the very least offer a fifth-choice player that – for at least this season – could offer needed depth in an area where the club would lack should they move on from him.
Reducing the wage bill in the wake of another summer of spending would certainly be wise, but it may be worth taking the financial hit if it guarantees any increased measure of success on the pitch this season for West Ham.