These additions were seen as necessary to take the next step up to start truly challenging the Premier League’s ‘top-six’, however, this season has been somewhat disappointing given the significant outlay.
One of the biggest deals was the club-record signing of Lucas Paqueta, with the Brazilian expected to provide a classy bridge between the midfield and attack.
It could, therefore, leave manager David Moyes wishing he had pushed harder to sign Polish international Piotr Zielinski, who the Hammers reportedly bid for in the summer too.
Having tied up a fee of €40m (£34m) with Napoli, the classy attacking midfielder turned down the contract due to a lack of interest in moving to east London.
The 28-year-old will feel happy about his decision, given his integral he has become in his side’s sensational rise.
They currently sit atop the Serie A table, having qualified first in their Champions League group ahead of Liverpool. Zielinski has boasted six goals and seven assists during this period, more than earning his place in his country’s squad for the World Cup.
Despite the vast change in tactics from club to country, where the latter opts for a far more conservative approach, the £107k-per-week maestro has still excelled.
He is boasting a 7.10 average Sofascore rating and even scored the opener in their all-important win over Saudi Arabia. Despite being starved of touches in the competition, where he is recording just 34.7 per game, he still averages 1.7 key passes, via Sofascore.
He truly can excel in any system, lending to Carlo Ancelotti’s praise:
“Zielinski is a complete midfielder, he played in all positions with me. He is dynamic and skilled with the ball.”
Given his blistering form and the disappointing nature of Paqueta’s performances, surely Moyes will be rethinking his decision to abandon the pursuit of Zielinski.
This World Cup only serves as added proof of his intangible qualities that would surely have West Ham far higher in the table than they currently are.