Has West Ham gaffer Big Sam finally got it right?

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Enner ValenciaThis transfer window, West Ham have made three striker signings. Mauro Zarate from Velez Sarsfield, Enner Valencia from Pachuca, and Diafra Sakho. All three have only made one appearance each at the time of writing. Zarate ran the show against Crystal Palace and got a debut goal. Sakho and Valencia only got around 10 minutes each, and both looked reasonably bright.

So has Big Sam finally made a group of successful forward signings for West Ham?

In his first transfer window with West Ham, we were of course in the Championship and he made the signings of Sam Baldock from MK Dons, and Brian Montenegro from Deportivo Maldonado on loan. Baldock made 23 appearances in the following season and scored just 5 goals. Montenegro was reportedly signed by David Sullivan and he never made a senior appearance for the Hammers.

2 signings – 23 appearances – 5 goals

Ricardo Vaz Te and Nicky Maynard were scoring well in the Championship, and so were snapped up by West Ham in the January transfer window. To date, Vaz Te has made 49 appearances for West Ham and he has scored 15 goals. It mustn’t be forgotten that he regularly plays out wide, but he often shoots more than most to. As for Maynard, he only made 14 appearances and only scored a measly two goals.

2 signings – 63 appearances – 17 goals

Promotion to the Premier League. Andy Carroll and Modibo Maiga were signed. Andy was only a loan signing at this point and he made 24 appearances and scored just seven goals. Modibo made 31 appearances and scored a fantastic three goals!

2 signings – 55 appearances – 10 goals

January of 2013 triggered a few more striker signings, of which no goals were scored. Sean Maguire was signed as a future prospect and so hasn’t played a game for the first team to date. Wellington Paulista was another David Sullivan signing and he didn’t make an appearance either. Marouane Chamakh was signed from Arsenal on loan and he made three appearances without scoring and has since scored twice against the Hammers for Crystal Palace.

3 signings – 3 appearances – 0 goals

Carroll was signed on a permanent deal in the summer of 2013, along with the free signing of Mladen Petric and the re-signing of Carlton Cole after being released after a few months. Andy Carroll is still yet to stay fit for a long period of time and subsequently he has made 15 appearances and has scored twice. As for Petric, he made just three appearances and didn’t score a goal. Carlton’s return has treated us to a further seven goals in 26 appearances.

3 signings – 44 appearances – 9 goals

Two more striker signings were made in January of 2014. Marco Borriello made two appearances and surprisingly didn’t score in that short period of time. Jaanai Gordon was another signing for the future and he is yet to make a senior appearance for West Ham.

2 signings – 2 appearances – 0 goals

So overall, West Ham’s forward signings under Big Sam have not excelled. He has made a total of 14 signings (including loan and permanent deal for Carroll), these signings have scored a total of 41 goals in a combined total of 190 appearances.

Let’s hope for a more successful future from West Ham’s summer striker signings.

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  • notanyoldiron says:

    Toby, in answer to your question, it’s too soon to say. But I’m optimistic.
    You’ve reviewed Sam’s previous purchases. The facts speak for themselves. But given Sam’s ‘preferred’ tactical line up (Plan A) we will never know if we got, or going to get, these players playing to their full potential. With Nolan’s enforced absence, and the way we performed v Palace, I’m feeling positive. And hoping it is not a false dawn.

  • John Tyler says:

    He has only got it right because events have forced him to change his tactics, you wait till Christmas, back will come Andy and Kevin and we will go straight back to the same old ways, that is until Andy and/or Kevin get injured or suspended.
    Our new boys will be kicking their heels instead of footballs for the rest of the season, unless of course the owners can see through Sam’s tactics and sack him.
    I would sack him regardless of results by Christmas and install Slaven Bilic, he will be free to join us as Besiktas will be ko’d from Europe tonight and they will not stand in his way, West Ham is where he wants to be and he would take us to the Olympic Stadium full of optimism.


    • Brian McFlipper says:

      Good shout. Had Nolan been fir it would have been him playing and Zarate on the bench. The Palace result/performance was as a result of matters thrust upon Allardyce.

    • kevin waylen says:

      I have been a die hard hammer since the early 1970,s. West ham fans are as deprived of success as much as newcastles.We at least deserve to be entertained when paying our hard earned cash.I would like to see us sign loic remy and sack SAM and ask SLAVEN BILIC to manage our team of the future at the olympic stadium.WEST HAM TILL I DIE!

  • Biblical says:

    Sam has made fantastic signings this time around. He has transformed our club since the bad old days of avram grant. I think he is going to bring great success to our club. And in a few years when he leaves to be England manager the same fans calling for him to be sacked now will be begging him to stay

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