West Ham’s transfer business pleasing the fans

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Carl JenkinsonThe transfer window hasn’t even closed and I just had to express how pleased I am with West Ham’s transfer dealings thus far. 


It all started with the signing of Mauro Zarate from Velez Sarsfield in Argentina. He had rediscovered his scoring touch in his home country. Zarate has a lot of experience for a 27 year old and he proved how clinical he could be against Wellington Phoenix. Perhaps not a choice of Sam Allardyce however? 


Next through the doors at the Boleyn Ground was Senegalese international Cheikhou Kouyate. He is certainly in the Sam Allardyce mould and has impressed with solid performances during pre-season. He is also only 24 so has a lot of room to grow. One for the present and the future. Excellent capture.


West Ham then made their first of three English signings. Left back Aaron Cresswell joined from Ipswich Town after making the Championship Team of the Season last campaign. Aaron is only 24 and it will be interesting to see how he gets on in he Premier League. He is likely to be more effective offensively than West Ham’s other options at left back.


Gus Poyet’s son Diego signed from Charlton Athletic where he was highly regarded as a top talent. He had only broken into the first team last season and at just 19 is almost certainly a look to the future. He tends to sit deep and control the tempo of a match, not particularly suited to West Ham’s style of play but against Schalke this pre-season he was very impressive. He passing range and composure are already fantastic for such a young player. He may well break into the first team but he is likely to be the deep playmaker under a new manager when West Ham move into the Olympic Stadium. 


West Ham’s most expensive transfer of this window to date came when World Cup star Enner Valencia joined from Mexican league team Pachuca. Valencia scored all four of Ecuador’s goals at the World Cup and we have been assured that he was being scouted beforehand. At the time of writing we are yet to see how he will settle and work in West Ham’s system, but spending a lump of cash is always exciting, if not always particularly rewarding (Savio, Carroll and Jarvis*). 


The Hammers’ most recent signing is the acquisition of Arsenal right back Carl Jenkinson. I was personally impressed with Jenkinson when watching him at Arsenal. Wenger has decided to throw cash at Calum Chambers and therefore 22-year-old Jenkinson is no longer required at the Emirates. I’m very pleased with the loan capture of Carl and he is seemingly as excited to play regular Premier League football. Perhaps a try before you buy situation – perfect. 


So that’s the incomings so far, and I’m impressed and excited for the coming season and the future to see how these players grow at the club. Sam Allardyce has also confirmed that West Ham are looking to add another striker to the ranks in the coming weeks. 


Are you pleased with our dealings so far? Where does this window rank to its predecessors?  


*amongst others

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  • firefighterx says:

    was feeling really excited with the new signings. Hope full YET again in aticepation of a new season. But following those last two games in Germany I cant see any thing to cheer ! Sam seems to have set his cap for 38 points and survival. Thought He made a point and hung poor Zarate out to dry. In my opinion he stuck two fingers up to the board and said ill do it my way.. HOPE Im wrong or its gonna be another long hard season.

  • HopelessHammer says:

    Good signings, possibly great signings! but with BFS in charge LOL. We have no chance, no hope and no future. Hey Karen Brady, if one of Sir Alan’s apprentices had f**ked up like you, Gold, Sullivan and BFS his words would have been “you’re fired”!!!!!!!!

  • notanyoldiron says:

    Totally agree with Firefighter and Hopeless. We’ve got good reason to be pleased with our signings. But without the right management it will be back to wing and a prayer. They need organising, and motivating, and direction. Does that sound like Sam to anyone? Thought not.

  • west ham nil says:

    And how many of these players had you heard of before?
    Jenkinson – Ars reserves, they went and and bought two new right backs, that’s from a stingy manager, so arsen reckons he can’t cut it hmmm.
    I think the left back will be good, just because we haven’t had one for about 8 years.
    The rest, lets see how many are playing in January.
    Dreading this season like no other.

  • Deadhead says:

    We could have Messi Ronaldo and Bale arrive yet with the brontosaurus in charge we would still struggle

    • notanyoldiron says:

      Surely not Deadhead. Messi in goal, and Ronaldo and Bale at centre backs, we’d be guaranteed European football! Lol

  • ian says:

    Totally agree,its going to be another shithouse season under fat sham.we must out him

  • ian says:

    I cannot believe Sullivan hasn’t sacked him

    • notanyoldiron says:

      He probably would/will Ian. But he’s probably wrestling with the conundrum of who to replace him with.

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