It’s looking slightly more embarrassing now than it did last week for West Ham.
In their new found ambition, the Hammers’ owners were willing to spend big and bring in marquee signings for their first season at their new mega sized home.
Only, it’s not panning out as anyone connected with the Hammers would have hoped. Certainly for West Ham fans, it’s beginning to be very frustrating and in front of the footballing world, a bit of a joke.
No Lacazette, no Batshuayi and now no Bacca.
We know that David Sullivan is doing his best, but it can’t be easy dealing with a fickle player and his agent.
The fabled “lists” that West Ham had of strikers must now be down to list C or D, as their major targets either move elsewhere, declare a burning ambition to play in the Champions League or stay where they are.
Every day West Ham are being linked with another striker and at the moment it is for all the wrong reasons.
There are still a number of creditable strikers to be had, but if you are looking for A listers, then that ship has sailed and West Ham are still not quite a destination of choice for such stars.
Money doesn’t always become the motivating factor, but it seems, playing at the highest level and in the Champions League is. Bilic will really need to fire his troops up for another strenuous Premier League season and make a concerted effort on the league if the club are to attract the players they want this time next year.
It is all proving more difficult than David Sullivan ever thought possible and he declared as much in the Mirror: “The problem is every striker you go for, there are 10 others clubs interested in him.
“In a perfect world I would like to think we will bring in a top class striker but we’ve all got limits on what we can pay. I am a little concerned because I’d like to have signed one by now. But it is what it is.
“I would say to people if we don’t bring anyone in it is not the end of the world as we were the fourth highest scorers in the Premier League last season – and we haven’t lost a striker.”
To West Ham fans that seems a sensational comment to make. West Ham seemingly only have one forward that seems to want to play for them – Andy Carroll – and he is now struggling with a groin strain. Enner Valencia has his mind on a move to Serie A and Diafra Sakho, who refused to go to Austria with the squad, looks almost certain to be on his way out of the club too.
Sullivan has reportedly said that no one is going anywhere until they sign a striker, but does Slaven Bilic really want two unhappy players in the team that will not be giving their best every week?
For David Sullivan to make that remark is arguably irresponsible. As is making public the amount he was willing to pay Carlos Tevez. It now sparks others into thinking that they can get a similar amount.
Before the summer, David Sullivan wrote for whufc.com: “Once we sign a top striker I will feel a lot better and that is the main position we need.”
Mr Sullivan – once you sign a striker or two, West Ham fans will feel a whole lot better as well, whichever list they’re on.