West Ham’s Transfer Window So Far
Author: ExWHUEmployee. Published: 4 August 2018 at 8:54pm
Written by Graeme Ivatt
So as it stands we have just over a week until the transfer window closes and I thought I would take this opportunity to have a look at how the window has gone so far!
Firstly I was concerned that we would go into the 18-19 season with David Moyes. Don’t get me wrong he did a decent job but he was not the man to take us to “the next level”. So when I heard rumblings all over social media that we were in talks with Manuel Pellegrini I was absolutely delighted but hesitant. Delighted because he is exactly the type of manager we should be looking at. Proven in the Premier League. Proven at the top level. Hesitant because I was not sure the board would deliver, I have been a big critic of the David’s over the last few years but credit where credit is due they delivered.
The first piece of the puzzle.
Now lets talk about Ryan Fredericks… he had been identified a long time ago confirmed by various reliable sources on social media, so that makes me thinks although the manager probably gave the nod he wasn’t necessarily identified by him. He has a huge amount of pace and played a big role in Fulham’s ascendency to the PL. We have been crying out for pace at RB for years, Zaba did a great job last season but trailed off towards the end and I feel that Fredericks will provide competition for that RB spot but not necessarily be a starter at the beginning of the season. A free transfer for a young right back who got promoted to the PL last season. Good business for me.
We had to wait for the next signing for a little while but we signed a young centre back from Toulouse, Issa Diop. Coming for a fee of around 22 million Issa was captain of Toulouse last season and had been courted by a lot of other clubs. Not knowing a lot about Diop I scoured YouTube to see what we had bought. He looks like a good defender who likes to pass the ball and from what I have seen so far in pre-season I have been impressed. He is only young so I think we may have got a real gem here.
You wait for one and two come along at once, the next day Lukasz Fabianski was confirmed by the club. Now a lot of fans have been negative about this one. I am not one of them. I really rate Fabianski, he has had one of the best, if not the best, save ratio in the Premier League in the last few seasons. Watching Swansea on Match Of The Day over the last few seasons there were a lot of times I felt that the Polish stopper kept Swansea in the game. Ultimately Swansea were relegated and for a fee of around 7.5 million he is a Hammer. Personally I would be putting Fabianski at number one as I feel he is a better keeper then Adrian.
He’s one of our own! Jack Wilshere arrived at West Ham on a free transfer on 9th July and I was the happiest hammer on the planet. He oozes confidence, quality and comes with a winning mentality. This man IS a next level player. I have admired how Jack plays for a long time and cannot wait to see him in Claret and Blue. When he has played with Nobes and Rice in pre-season the 3 of them look like have been playing together for years. The only worry with Jack is his injury record something that, unfortunately, West Ham have a long and illustrious history with. We have to be careful with him and we have to protect him, but this man could be the best signing we have made for a long long time.
Next up is Andriy Yarmolenko. I had heard his name previously and had seen a little bit of him in international football but other than that hadn’t really much knowledge of him. He was dubbed the next Shevchenko but hasn’t really lived up to that although he does have a very good international record. Borussia Dortmund fans were not happy to see him leave which means he has something about him. Pre-season he has shown that he clearly has talent but maybe isn’t quite up to speed yet. Maybe a slow burner but certainly he can add something to our squad.
Along comes the General. Fabian Balbuena. Signed from Corinthians for a meagre fee this was a signing for the squad rather than the first team. Having said that I have been impressed with him pre-season he looks calm, likes to pass the ball and made a crucial well-timed challenge in the Betway Cup. This looks like a real bargain and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him as a starter next season.
Lazio eventually agreed to the sale of Felipe Anderson for around 40 million Euros which is comfortably our record signing. I can’t help but feel that if Pellegrini and the new director of football weren’t at the club this deal would not have happened. I can’t claim to have heard of him but from what I see he looks quick, direct, skilful and confident which is exactly what is needed. Pellegrini identified him as his number one target and the board once again put the money up for him. I am genuinely excited about Anderson, we need to make sure we don’t put to much pressure on him, he needs time to adapt to the league and country. The prospect of Anderson, Hernandez, Arnie and Lanzini (when he is back) is mouthwatering.
The window isn’t finished yet and rumblings of Kouyate and Obiang departing means that I would like to see another central midfielder coming in if one of them do leave. I would expect Martinez, Byram, Hugill and Fernandes to leave the club also.
If we can bring in another striker to ease the pressure on the current strike force and another midfielder to support Jack and Co, then I believe we can have a great season.
I think David Sullivan and David Gold need a huge amount of credit. After the promises they made and didn’t deliver on and the dross they have signed in the last 2-3 years I was not expecting much.
They have delivered, they have made next level signings and I hope they continue to back Pellegrini.
I am looking forward to this season. A cup run and a top 10 finish would be great. COYI!