West Ham United’s season appears to be petering out with the London club having gone five games without a win in the Premier League, losing their last three.
Manager Slaven Bilic finds himself under pressure as a result of such inconsistency and questions are being asked of the recruitment policy given how much money has been spent on mediocre talent.
The Hammers infamously spent the summer courting a top-name striker, putting all their effort into bolstering the attack. But it amounted to nothing and resulted in a lower-grade of talent coming in instead.
West Ham’s transfers in the summer and winter window
André Ayew from Swansea City for £20.49M
Robert Snodgrass from Hull City £10.20M
Manuel Lanzini from Al-Jazira for £10.20M
José Fonte from Southampton for £7.82M
Arthur Masuaku from Olympiacos £6.04M
Edimilson Fernandes from FC Sion for £5.44M
Simone Zaza from Juventus for £4.25 (loan fee)
Jonathan Calleri from Club Deportivo Maldonado for £4M (loan fee)
Gökhan Töre from Besiktas for £2.55M (loan fee)
Sofiane Feghouli from Valencia for a free transfer
Ashley Fletcher from Manchester United for a free transfer
Álvaro Arbeloa from Real Madrid for a free transfer
Havard Nordtveit from Borussia Mönchengladbach for a free transfer
Majority of West Ham’s transfers have flopped
• Andre Ayew has come into form recently with three goals and an assist from his last four Premier League games, but he still set West Ham back over £20M.
• Robert Snodgrass cost half that price but hasn’t delivered – failing to score or make an assist in seven league appearances for United.
• Manuel Lanzini has been a hit and is stepping out of Dimitri Payet’s shadow to showcase his own brilliance on the ball.
• Jose Fonte has had a difficult start to life with the Hammers, conceding 16 goals in seven appearances.
• Arthur Masuaku has failed to dethrone Aaron Cresswell at left-back, making just six league starts.
• Edimilson Fernandes has made 16 substitute appearances for West Ham, averaging only 26 minutes of playing time per game.
• Simone Zaza, by his own admission, said he was a flop at West Ham, failing to score in eight league appearances. He cut his loan spell short.
• Jonathan Calleri is yet to start in the league this season, racking up a paltry 199 minutes of game time.
• Gökhan Töre has made five appearances for West Ham, having little to no impact. West Ham and parent club Besiktas were both keen to be rid of him.
• Sofiane Feghouli has made 17 appearances, scoring and creating five goals in nine starts, but has suffered from inconsistency.
• Ashley Fletcher has shown a lot of promise this season but won’t make a telling impact until he’s more developed in the future.
• Álvaro Arbeloa has played just 256 minutes of football. Unable to get ahead of Cresswell, Sam Byram and Havard Nordtveit at full-back.
• Havard Nordtveit has made 12 appearances but isn’t commanding a starting place of late.
A lot of misspending has been done by West Ham United, as shown. The Hammers are 1/4 to finish in the bottom-half of the Premier League this season, but can they amend their failings in the transfer market this summer?
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