What a mad 24 hours!
Author: ExWHUEmployee. Published: 1 February 2018 at 8:55pm
Written by Kevin Slade @KevinSladeSDCC
What a mad twenty four hours it’s been. I’m struggling on where to start, so I’ll begin on a positive note (for once!) and talk about our only deadline day signing, Jordan Hugill…
Like Joao Mario, Jordan is a player I know very little about. In fact, I’d never even heard of him until yesterday when the news was breaking across various media outlets and on social media. Firstly, I’d like to welcome Jordan to the club as it’s obviously a huge step in his career and he will need support from us. We love a grafter at West Ham – a player who will play for the shirt, dig deep, and basically give his all. I’m not expecting Jordan to score 20 goals a season, and I’m not expecting him to set the world alight. I took it upon myself to surf some Preston North End forums to learn abit more about him, and it looks like he boasts the attributes of a hard working forward who will hold the ball up for the midfield. YouTube (obviously!) was my next destination at this point, at the lad looks like he has a hell of a lot in his locker – strong, can finish with both feet, good in the air, quite quick, and has great feet for a ‘target man’. However the Premier League is a huge step from the championship, so I really hope he can make the leap and become a success with us. Good luck Jordan!
Leading on from this signing, the criticism the board received via social for it was something else… it’s very important that people understand it’s not Jordan’s fault he was bought from the championship. There’s two sides to this for me – we’ve plucked players out of the championship in the past who have gone on to become first team regulars for us, and although I really want the lad to do well for us, this signing shows a huge lack of ambition from the club after selling two established players in Sakho and Ayew, who can both do a job for us when called upon. For the life of me I just cannot understand why on God’s green earth we’d sell our top scorer (Ayew) to a relegation rival, who beat Arsenal 3-1 last night?! Ex confirmed on the show that Ayew wanted to leave… Fair enough, and although I’m not Andre’s biggest fan, he can still do a job for us. I would have held on to him until at least the summer where we can go again and find a suitable replacement for him as he’s a utility player. The squad is already wafer thin that’s absolutely ravaged with injuries so why this has been allowed to happen is anybody’s guess. This is what has angered me the most during this transfer window.
The sales of Sakho, Ayew, and Oxford going back out on loan has brought in approximately £33m… Around £8m of that was spent on Jordan Hugill. There’s still £25m of that floating around, so my theory is this – The board are either doing one of two things with the Money: They know David Moyes isn’t their long term man and are holding it back for a new manager in the summer, or, they’re quite simply pocketing it. I’d like to believe they’re holding it for a new manager, but my gut instinct tells me that business is business and they’re ‘entitled’ to pocket it. We will only know in five months time…
During the radio show last night the news regarding Tony Henry was broken. I’m absolutely astonished by this purely because he has personally scouted and recommended some of our African players – including youths. The fact that our strongest eleven consists of at least 4-5 players of African descent doesn’t send out a great message to them, does it? It’s a complete disgrace. The club is in an absolute mess at the moment and with the views that Tony Henry has, he has no place at this football club. Whoever is in charge of PR at the club either needs to be sacked or resign immediately because they are continuing to allow all of these fuck ups to happen & drag our great club through the gutter. And to be perfectly honest, I’m getting sick to death of it. Supporting this club is becoming arduous in every sense of the word lately, all due to the incompetence of how it’s being run.
I started this article on a positive note, so I want to end it on one as the world of West Ham United just seems to be doom & gloom at the moment. I’m very much looking forward to the Brighton game and now think we can nick a result there. If we get 3 points, that’ll bring us to the top half of the table again providing other results go our way! COYI