West Ham United co chairman David Gold has issued a mixed verdict on the club’s prospects in the summer transfer window.
The Hammers have already sealed their first deal of the off season, agreeing to sign goalkeeper Roberto from Espanyol when his contract expires at the end of June.
Now, Gold has provided his point of view on things: “Good evening,” he wrote on his personal Twitter account. “I’m hoping our transfer window goes to plan the easy one is done, (Roberto) the rest will be more difficult but I remain optimistic.”
I’m hoping our transfer window goes to plan the easy one is done, (Roberto) the rest will be more difficult but I remain optimistic. dg https://t.co/sKOfQ3CjNn
— David Gold (@davidgold) June 1, 2019
Certainly the easy part of the transfer window is over for West Ham. It’s clear that back up goalkeeper Adrian is going to depart on a free this summer, and so the team needed to bring in another experienced shot-stopper to provide depth behind Lukasz Fabianski in the Hammers goal. Roberto was there on a free and they snapped him up, easy as that. It was a simple deal to do and so they’ve ticked one of their boxes. But everything from here on out is going to be more difficult. Left back would appear to be an area of need, as would centre back and central midfield. The team need a bit more depth and a bit more quality in all those areas. Then there’s up front, where some major refurbishment is needed to help support star man Marko Arnautovic. Deals to fit that criteria won’t be as easy to secure as Roberto, and they will likely be a hell of a lot more costly. So Gold is sending mixed messages, here, saying that it will be difficult but that he’s optimistic. To be honest, though, he’s probably right.