West Ham’s expensive summer of transfer dealings means that you are left with little to play with in the club’s transfer kitty when you start your save on FM16.
Slaven Bilic’s heavy investment has given West Ham a squad with more quality than they have had in years, and, along with some of Allardyce’s additions, has added enough quality and depth to challenge for European football.
With Dmitri Payet the creator in chief, your career mode additions are likely to focus on adding defensive depth and goal scoring options.
Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll may offer you two very different focal points in attack, but you may be inclined to add a forward who you deem more consistent. Carroll’s injuries are likely to be as persistent as in real life, whilst Enner Valencia is better as a wide option.
While Carl Jenkinson may provide some comic defending, you may want to think about adding some new defensive cover as well!
Here are FIVE bargains for your save…
Whilst Jenkinson can do a decent job at full-back, you are going to need someone who has a bit more class if you are to take the Hammers to the next level.
Byram can play anywhere down the right flank and, because of this, he offers a lot going forward. The Leeds youngster would be ideal to overlap down the right and help you to play a more expansive game.
Defensively, Byram can be left wanting, but, with the correct training, he should be competing for a place in the England squad within a few seasons.
Buying from a rival might be a bit of an unpopular decision, but Carroll is always available on a loan, or loan-to-buy move, from the start of your save.
With the physicality of Kouyate and Song, the option of Carroll will give you some more creativity from a deeper midfield role and the Spurs youngster still has a lot of potential.
Expect high pass completion percentages and a transfer fee that can make this central midfielder an absolute bargain.
Our second Spurs man on the list is Federico Fazio. Since Alderweireld arrived, and Dier’s significant rating improvement, Fazio has quickly become surplus to requirements.
Admittedly, the Hammers have several options in the centre of defence, but Fazio would provide experience and aerial capability that would be a handy addition when he is often available for only £3 million.
Adding another player from a rival might not be a popular move, but Fazio’s performances should make up for that.
Ledson, the third Englishman on this list, is going to available for under £10 million, but you won’t reap the rewards of this investment for several years.
Once he reaches his peak, this young Toffee will be making his way into the England squad and is a high quality central midfield option.
Initially, the transfer fee may seem steep, but this starlet will more than prove his worth within three seasons.
Erasmus is a rather left-field shout to bring in at West Ham, but this player is guaranteed to perform above expectations.
The Orlando Pirates man is available for less than £1 million, and he would be the perfect foil for Diafra Sakho. At only 5’6, you’ll need to keep the ball on the ground, but Erasmus can also act as cover for your other attacking roles.
Dribbling of 15 and flair of 16 make Erasmus the kind of player to produce a magic goal when you’re struggling to break a side down.