Quality, not Quantity!
by Dan Chapman on 4 June 2017 at 10:26pm
Good evening everyone.
So that time of year is here once again. Yes, the transfer window is fast approaching. So we have only just entered June, and we have already been linked with a number of different players. I am here to give my opinion on why I think we need quality over quantity, and what players I would bring in over the summer.
So let’s get on with it.
First of all, I just want to say that I do not think we need too many signings, unlike last summer. I would say we need three of four more players of good quality in order for us to be a top eight side. We already have a good spine to our side, with Reid, Obiang and Lanzini being our key players. If we can get a few players of equal quality, then I am sure we will see progress in the next few seasons.
Now we have made a brilliant start to the window with the signing of Pablo Zabaleta on a free transfer. I think he is a better than signing than some of our fans realise. He obviously fills the right back position, which is something that we have been crying out for for far too long now. He also brings leadership and a real winning mentality, which is also something that we have lacked this season. I am looking forward to seeing him as part of our defence next season.
The other main area that we need to strengthen is the forwards. Now it is no secret that we want to sign Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho, and it is also no secret that we want to sign Chelsea striker Mich Batshuayi. In my opinion, these two players would be the perfect signings for us. They are two young, hungry strikers who are looking to prove a point after not getting much game time at their current clubs. If we manage to sign Iheanacho on a permanent deal and Batshuayi on a loan deal with a view to buy him next summer, then I would be a very happy Hammer.
The next area that I feel we need to strengthen is the left wing. We need to sign a winger who is very direct and has plenty of pace because as we all know, we have lacked a lot of pace this season. For me, the players we should be looking at are Adama Traore and Damarai Gray. Now I know that some people do not rate Traore because he isn’t the best player technically, but the same could be said for Antonio. Antonio isn’t the best player technically, but he has pace to burn and is a fan favourite. Traore also has pace to burn, and the thought of him and Antonio running down the wings excites me.
Damarai Gray is my second option. He is another young player with lots of potential, but yet again he barely gets a chance at his current club. He has got plenty of pace and is very good technically, but he cannot get a game over Marc Albrighton. I feel that we should look at him and test the water with Leicester.
Finally, I think we need to strengthen the goalkeeping position. Now I am a massive fan of Adrian and I am happy that he will be sticking around, but I still think we can and need to get better than him. My choice would be Joe Hart. Despite making some errors in Italy this season, I still think he is one of the best keepers around on his day. He clearly doesn’t have a future at Manchester City with them having signed a new keeper this week, and I think we would be silly to not at least try and get him.
As I said before, I truly believe that we are only three or four quality signings away from being a top eight side, and if we can sign the players mentioned, then I am sure that we will be up there next season. I hope it is a successful summer window for the Hammers, and I hope every one has a brilliant summer themselves.
Thank you for reading. Come On You Irons!