Transfer Talk

Zabaleta, why this is a great signing……..

by on at 9:30pm

Written by @DanJamesHill

So after announcing on Thursday that the club is to release Calleri, Tore and Arbeloa, West Ham today announce their first signing of the transfer window in Argentinian International Pablo Zabaleta. In my opinion this is an amazing transfer for the following three reasons:

Experience

The player has played at all levels of the game which include over 50 caps for Argentina. He has honours that include 2 Premier League winners’ medals and an FA Cup winner’s medal. This will help our younger players including Byram and Cresswell to improve their game and learn from this experience. Oh, and not to forget there is also another certain Argentinian currently on our payroll who will benefit from another countryman joining.

Leadership

Zabaleta is known for his dogged style and has captained club, and on occasions country. This is leadership that West Ham are currently lacking and in big games could be the difference. Also, if Mark Noble does drop to the bench next season then he could easily fit into his shoes helping to raise the team if and when there are difficult situations.

Value

Some may say this is Zabaleta’s last pay day but as a free transfer and an £80K a week salary for two years (option for a third), I find this great value. Pablo played 31 games for Manchester City (19 League, 5 Cup and 7 Champions League) last season and scored 2 goals, so he is far from past it.

Let’s hope this is the first of several impressive signings to be made this window

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