West Ham are set to splash the cash further


West Ham are getting ready to kick-off another season at Upton Park, and are doing so with a lot of new faces in claret and blue. Our board said they’d be prepared to splash the cash, and seem to have put their money where their mouths are. Even though we are ready to get down to business, Hammers manager Sam Allardyce has said there are still signings to be made – so if we do sign another player, what is the area of the pitch that still needs strengthening if we are to improve on last year’s performance?

At the time of writing, we seem to have a fairly full squad – and one in which there will be surely strong contention for starting positions (except for Kevin Nolan’s position. He’ll keep that.)

We’ve got a decent line-up in defence, and I’m pleased that – for now – both Winston Reid and Guy Demel remain Hammers, and I’m extremely excited to see new signings Aaron Cresswell and currently crocked Carl Jenkinson play for us this season. We also have James Collins, James Tomkins, Joey O’Brien, and hopefully the introduction of youth player Daniel Potts, who looked on fine form in the Stevenage pre-season game. It may be a crowded line up, but given how we ran out of defenders last January, it may not hurt to put another body into the mix, just in case.

In midfield, I’m shocked – shocked I tell you – to find that Mohamed Diame has not been snapped up by a top six club. Just shocked. As well as retaining him, Mark Noble, hero Kevin Nolan, and wingers Matt Jarvis and Stewart Downing, this area seems to have been strengthened over the summer as well, with midfielders Cheikhou Kouyate and Diego “you guys, it was just banter!” Poyet joining up with the team to create a far greater depth in options than available in recent seasons. (I make no mention of Ra’vel Morrison in this instance as I am yet to be sure what role, if any, he has left to play at Upton Park.)

The area that could be argued needed the most strengthening from last year would be our strikeforce, after we struggled on many occasions to find the back of the net—but even this area has had a number of additions to it through the summer months. Youth player Elliot Lee has looked extremely sharp in pre-season and will hopefully get a first team opportunity this year. We’ve also purchased the promising Mauro Zarate and un-fit but talented Enner Valencia. Add this to Andy Carroll, who may yet play for us again, and loyal old Carlton Cole, and we may actually have options up front.

Having said that though, Sam Allardyce has openly said he is still looking for another striker prior to the start of the season—but is it worthwhile to purchase another striker when we only play one at a time anyway? In a couple of months, on paper, we could actually have an incredible strike force, so I’m loathe to spend more money on a player who may not be injured right now— but once Valencia and Carroll are both fit, he may just end up being another pricy bottom on the subs bench.

If West Ham are to continue to splash some more cash, what area would you like to see get further strengthened? If we could get one more player in, who would it be? Would you sign another striker, or should we just put Teddy Sheringham up front and be done with it? Let us know below!

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  • b venour says:

    agree got to get rid off bfs Nolan carroll Adrian bring in marshall Richards we need a target man but cant think of one who would fit the bill at the moment milner to replace chicken George

  • Blimey says:

    Definitely feel we another attacking winger/creative midfielder….

    Keep Vaz Te if (And only IF) we play 2 up front.
    Nolan should only be a bench player nowadays.
    Ginge is still a quality centre half, keep him

  • ray says:

    look Adrian is a good keeper you cant say get rid off because of last season he was a good keeper pre season is only for fitness ,Nolan yeah he has had his day and as for carroll cant sat his shit lol he is never on the pitch . what we need is the play maker that can pick a pass I say get rid of Nolan and get that player who can play the ball yeah Nolan can play but he is not the only play der is yeah just look at the players in the same league .

  • b venour says:

    why are we going after wickham he has not proved his self in premier I thought we were going after class players not championship I feel gold Sullivan have not got the ambition they are trying to sell us spend more money out of next years budget get class not second best

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