If I owned West Ham-Exclusive ITK Column
Author: ExWHUEmployee. Published: 1 August 2016 at 9:38pm
This is not written by ExWHUEmployee but by our regular alternative ITK “If I owned West Ham”. The information may be the same sometimes as Ex’s column but you know that it is genuine if this is the case. His sources have been verified and you cannot really get more reliable than them!
Hello again, since my last column a lot has happened but sadly not much in the striker department. As always with West Ham, injuries have hurt us. Cresswell is a massive blow and someone I never expected to get injured as he’s only missed two games for us in the last two years. This was devastating news for the club.
We did get news of Lanzini’s and Tore’s injures both of which are not as bad as we feared! Which is a huge positive, personally I think Lanzini is almost as valuable as Payet and is a massive asset to the club! He’s so young and so skillful, he was almost over shadowed by Payet this year but I’m sure in years to come he will get his credit.
Due to the injures we need to bring in a left back (which we always needed to) and two strikers! With Sakho looking on his way out, I would like to say getting £16m for him is excellent business from the board. For me he gets injured way too much and lacks that killer instinct infront of goal. So really well played by the board there. Others would say we need to bring in a right back however I really do believe in giving Byram a chance there! I watched him a bit at Leeds and also the games he played with us and thought he did well. Very similar to Cresswell, a little raw but with good potential! Like almost every West Ham fan I do feel that Antonio is not a right back and was at fault for both goals on Thursday! Again I attended this match, sadly I wish I didn’t. I do think he could be okay back up! Therefore for me the players we need to sign are a left back and two forwards.
At left back I’ve seen lots of people talking on Twitter about big names players however I think it’s important we know we are bringing in a back up player! As I can’t see someone like Cresswell being happy to sit on the bench when he is back. Therefore I don’t think Gibbs is an option, as both will want first team football. I think Robertson from Hull would be very good and he is only 22 however only for the right price, the club will not pay over a certain amount Eg not more then £8m. He would be fantastic back up and could be in the first team in the future. I have a feeling we will go for someone like Olsson. Again, he would not be a bad player with lots of BPL experience and I can’t see him minding being on the bench (as he was for Norwich) which again for me is a plus.
As always our striker situation is all over the press and social media! Ayew has come to light in more recent days, and a £20m bid has been placed if we listen to Sky Sports. Someone he is someone who I like but he is a gamble! He played 8 games last year up front but to be fair to him he got 6 goals and 2 assists when he played there! Which is an amazing return. I’m not saying he will keep that up however it is a good sign. Calleri is another one that looks like it’s getting closer by the day, again a player that is very highly rated! Everyone I speak to that watches football in South America loves him. So he maybe one to watch, so fingers crossed.
If I was the board I would give Bacca another go and get rid of Enner. Then I believe that strike force would be unreal! Bacca must be running out of clubs and Milan may just force him out. I’m a bit gutted we didn’t show more interested in Ben Yedder however I can understand the reasons why as he’s not the strongest player in the world! I always believe a goalscorer is a goalscorer however.
I think if we get theses players we will be very strong next year. We have good depth as well. I’m also looking forward to my first game in our new home! The pictures that I’ve seen make it look amazing. Fingers crossed we can beat NK Domzili, they looked very good last Thursday COYI