West Ham United will not be offering any players new contracts between now and the new year as they look to avoid distractions from keeping their good form up.
The Premier League table is looking tighter than it has been for a good few seasons and the Hammers can rocket up the league with a win over Aston Villa tonight.
Indeed, three points would see them rise from 11th to 5th this evening with them having a better goal difference than the likes of Wolves and Southampton who are on 17 points.
Naturally, then, they want to keep that form up in the weeks ahead as we plunge into the hectic Christmas schedule and keep distractions to a minimum.
The Evening Standard is reporting, with that said, that contract talks for all players will be put on hold until 2021, in a bid to keep the players focused and motivated.
Rush Football’s take
It’s a firm decision from the Hammers that fans will hope doesn’t backfire.
In theory, it should work. Keeping the players working hard for a new contract is a good idea as they will naturally want to show they’re worth a new deal and a potential pay-rise with good performances.
It’s a carrot, in that sense, but for players whose deals are running towards expiry in the summer, there’s also the chance they could wonder whether it’s time to move on.
Indeed, other clubs will be able to get in touch over pre-contracts in January so West Ham need to work this carefully – though the report does say none of the players in that situation are currently pushing for a decision for January at least.