The transfer window is shutting and as usual a lot of clubs have left the majority of their business to the final hours.
West Ham however got their deals done early and it has been, on the whole, a very impressive transfer window for the Hammers.
It all started with the signing of Mauro Zarate from Velez Sarsfield. Zarate was pretty impressive during his short time in the Premier League previously with Birmingham City. He then went on to have a decent spell at Lazio, and then moved onto Inter Milan where he struggled to get going. On returning to his home country of Argentina with Velez Sarsfield he rediscovered his scoring touch. And now his first few appearances for West Ham have certainly looked promising, even scoring a debut goal against Crystal Palace.
The best early performer of the new signings was next through the door as Cheikhou Kouyate signed from Belgian champions, Anderlecht. The Senegalese international is only 24-years-old and will only grow as a player. An excellent capture for the Hammers.
An Englishmen was next through the Boleyn Ground gates, as Aaron Cresswell joined from Ipswich Town after making the Championship Team of the Year last season. Like Kouyate, Aaron is only 24 and it will be interesting to see how he adapts to the Premier League. A signing in the left-back position was certainly a necessity for West Ham and Cresswell may well be the man to fill it.
Chelsea and Spurs legend Gus Poyet’s son was the next signing as Diego left Charlton Athletic. Poyet is only 19 and is certainly one for the future. He was highly regarded as a future star by Charlton fans and has impressed so far in his sporadic appearances for West Ham. His passing range and composure are fantastic for a player in the infancy of his career, due to these attributes he suits a deep playmaker role which is unlikely to be utilised under Sam Allardyce, however, he’s a player for the future and he could well play under a new manager very soon once West Ham move into the Olympic Stadium.
The Hammers splashed the cash on World Cup star Enner Valencia and on paper he is a very exciting prospect indeed. He has little ‘big league’ experience after signing from Mexican club Pachuca and we are yet to see much of the poacher but my initial thoughts are that he doesn’t appear to fit the system that West Ham currently play. It’s a bit suspicious that £12million was spent on a player who doesn’t fit the team’s formation but perhaps Big Sam didn’t have much of a say on this one.
The Hammers also made their first of two loan signings when Arsenal full-back Carl Jenkinson joined. Arsenal made the shrewd acquisitions of Debuchy and Chambers and therefore no longer needed the promising right-back. I’m personally very pleased with the capture of Jenkinson, but we are yet to see any of the 22-year-old as he arrived injured/unfit – time will tell.
The latest signing was revealed to the West Ham fans before the dismal defeat to Southampton on Saturday with former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song signing on loan from Barcelona.
Mohamed Diame seems to have finally got his big move away from West Ham, but not quite to the top 4 side he was after as Hull have agreed a fee for the 27-year-old. Therefore Alex Song joins Kouyate and Noble as the prime suspects for the centre midfield role. A good signing for sure, but unusual, as Song said he turned down Champions League football opportunities to sign for West Ham because the Hammers are moving into the Olympic Stadium and he wants to play a part in making West Ham a ‘big club’ (although he has only signed on a year-long deal). Could be a genius move – we’ll have to wait and see.
A centre-back is needed and there is likely to be at least one more deadline day signing before 11pm tonight, but that’s the West Ham transfer dealings thus far and in my opinion, fans should be impressed with the club’s business this summer.