Despite enduring a truly shocking performance from their side last time out against Watford, the Upton Park faithful have nonetheless experienced a very impressive start to the 2015/16 campaign watching West Ham this season.
The Hammers currently reside in sixth place, after recently enjoying a decent spell among the Premier League’s illustrious top-four positions. Yes, Leicester City may admittedly still be sitting in third at this current stage – but as Slaven Bilic’s side have beaten each of Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea this term – West Ham fans have arguably had more to shout about so far.
In line with such a remarkable start to the campaign for the determined East-Enders, the Upton Park faithful don’t actually have to view the January transfer window as a desperate attempt to restore some strength in and around their team for once.
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Bilic has nonetheless been linked with several star names in 2015/16 however, including current AC Milan midfielder and Japanese international – Keisuke Honda.
So with such a bold transfer story in mind for Hammers fans this term, will the 2014 World Cup goal-scorer be on his way to the Boleyn Ground this January, or is this deal simply very unlikely to take place?
Well, perhaps if this particular move had been spoken of just a few short seasons ago, very few would have initially given it the time of day. Yet now – with the Hammers going about their business in as ambitious style as possible in the club’s last ever season at Upton Park – anything can seemingly happen at West Ham this campaign.
Whilst the creative midfielder apparently wanted out of the San Siro this summer amid reported interest from both Everton and Tottenham Hotspur, Slaven Bilic’s side could well benefit from the former CSKA Moscow man’s decision to remain in Serie A this term. He has experienced a rather inconsistent spell whilst operating with AC Milan – ultimately failing to reach the lofty heights many expected of the Japanese international when he first signed for the club in 2013.
Because of his recent dip in form, lack of re-sale value at 29-years-old, and reported availability for as little as £5million this season, West Ham could easily sign the midfielder with a view to improving their squad even further.
The new Hammers manager may already have several fringe-players on his hands that could well be incorporated within the club’s first team plans pretty soon – such as Mauro Zarate, Enner Valencia, Michail Antonio and the returning Alex Song – but with all those aforementioned factors in mind for the West Ham hierarchy, the potential signing of Keisuke Honda could well be seen as a viable option this campaign.
However, as both Carl Jenkinson and Aaron Cresswell have looked distinctly suspect in Slaven Bilic’s fresh approach down at Upton Park, perhaps the Hammers should arguably look to improve their full-back options before looking elsewhere this January. Each player has struggled with passing the ball out from the back this term, proving overtly untrustworthy of their weaker foot in each of their respective situations.
That said, because former AC Milan striker and Brazil international – Alexandre Pato – has also recently been linked with joining West Ham, maybe Bilic is targeting even more fire power this January in order to force his side up the Premier League table. With both Honda and Pato potentially on board at Upton Park – the possible attacking options available to the current Hammers manager could be lethal to say the very least.
Regardless of whatever happens at the club this January, though, West Ham are bound to enjoy the rest of the season under similarly impressive circumstances this term. The club already have a great squad in place for this season – yet with Keisuke Honda also potentially among the action at Upton Park this winter – the Hammers could well have sourced themselves the perfect icing on the cake.