Sunday, 22 August 2021

What's Behind the Smokescreen at West Ham?


Scanning through the media just now it's pretty clear that nobody really knows what is going on in the minds of David Moyes and the board in respect of new signings. 

While that may be unsatisfying for fans, and of course the media, it's a marker of improved transfer politics at the club. Cast you mind back to some of the messy non-transfers of recent years and it is reassuring to note that it has clearly become club policy to play stonefaced poker in the transfer market. 

That makes for better business and also avoids a repeat of some of the embarrasing spats we have seen in recent years where there have been nasty exchanges with the likes of Charlie Austen and most amusingly the Sporting Lisbon president who famously called the Davids the 'dildo brothers' in the row over William Carvalho's non-transfer. Those incidents did little to enhance our reputation as a club to do business with!

So, right now we are left with hollow speculation as, hopefully, behind the scenes the club are busy seeking new recruits. Beyond all the makey-uppy bullsh** there are a few givens about the transfer situation. 

Firstly, we have 40+ million to spend. We still haven't cashed in the money from Haller's departure and have substantially reduced our wages bill with the departure of Anderson et al. 

Secondly, GSB are getting close to selling up. They have largely achieved their goals for the club and however else some fans may feel we have been transformed from a bankrupt Championship side with a crap squad to a top six Premiership outfit with a strong group of players and a huge stadium in a desirable location. We are perfectly placed for new owners to invest in. 

Thirdly, the party line from the club about only bringing in players who will compete for places in the starting XI sounds good but is just a delaying tactic until the market hots up next week. There are very few players who would genuinely displace Antonio up front  or Rice/Soucek in midfield but we clearly need decent cover in those positions. In the covid era clubs across Europe are desperate for cash and what has been a thin market will almost certainly open up. 

Finally, ultimately GSB are business folk and will know that the West Ham brand will continue to grow only with further investment. The failure to replace Haller in January and bring in another midfielder almost certainly cost the club the 2-3 points that would have sealed a Champion's league spot. 

Strap yourselves in, it'll be a busy week...

COYI!!!



11 comments:

  1. It wasn't another midfielder we needed we already had one in lingard it was a striker which as of now still hasn't been addressed an injury to antiono and we are stuffed as last season we need to get someone in quickly

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  2. Well balanced article which sets out the realities of the club's situation before the current owners came in gives credit where its due as we are in a much better situation than before. Its time for the moaners to move on and accept that we're no longer playing at the old ground and concentrate on the future, which at the moment looks bright!

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  3. Credit is due for where we are now but gsb cant sustain it Thanks for everything but time to sell up take the money and go Otherwise we can only stand still or worse deteriorate

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  4. Nice piece but 40mill is nowhere near enough to get in a striker mid defensive player centre back and left back that could slot in to centre back too. As for trying to waste a lump of cash to manure for lingard at 20mill plus please forget it as we have a better player in benrahma with lanzini as back up than wasting money on a 28yr old no sell on and was useless in last six games for us which everyone including dithering dave and this dumb board we have seem to have forgotten. Imo

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    1. Agree £40 is a slim budget. Striker is key. Coventry looks like he will make it and imo Diop will shine this year. Between Cressy, Coufal, Johnson, Freddy and King Arthur we are okish at FB. We Must bring in a striker, not another attacking midfielder. I think they'll get Lingard on the cheap at the eleventh hour...

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    2. They'll probably take cash plus Rice for Lingard?

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  5. What's your opinion on the state of hurling in killaloe?,.

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    1. Ahaaaa
      Tipp need to totally rebuild. The Maher era has passed.

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  6. Agreed, leave out lingard. We're bout to see a benno flourish. Agreed, 40 mil not enough for reasonable players needed. Agreed still wish we were at upton park... However... GSB are unfortunately going to be in till 2023 so we have to suck it up til then. Desperately need a striker and a central/left back defender. The rest is history ⚒️

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  8. There is no 'money from Haller's departure'. We never finished paying for him and then sold him at a whopping loss; chances are we still owed Eintracht after he'd gone. Likewise with Anderson - all we did was get a non-performer off the payroll and take a massive capital loss.

    This PAI thing is a joke. If they get in we will get right royally rogered because they're not West Ham fans and they will have the luxury of just ignoring us because they will never be there. We have left the crumbling UP and whether we like it or not, the shiny bowl is now home. The big question is whether DG & DS ever wish to sell, and if they ever do whether the incoming owners would be any better. My guess is they probably wouldn't be - but it would be too late before we found out.

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