A desperate start to the season sees West Ham United already looking to the January transfer window for a solution to their problems.
A three-game unbeaten run came to an abrupt and hugely disappointing end at the weekend when they failed to claw back a two-goal deficit against ten-men Tottenham. Just as the pressure was beginning to ease on beleaguered manager Slaven Bilic, the Hammers dropped back into the relegation zone.
Vicari, capped at Under-20 and Under-21 level by Italy, made 34 appearances last season for SPAL in the promotion season and six more in the top flight this season. He scored his first goal for the club in the Coppa Italia when he scored in the 1 – 0 win over Renate in August.
After conceding 10 goals in their opening three Premier League games, West Ham’s defence had tightened but Tottenham burst that bubble at the Olympic Stadium. Bilic, himself an accomplished centre back during his playing days, is well aware of their brittle back line.
If Vicari can bring some of the uncompromising defending for which Italian football is famed, the Hammers season may be less fraught than it currently seems.