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Inspecting West Ham’s woeful transfer record in 2016/17

Crippy Cooke in Editorial, English Premier League 20 Mar 2017

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West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is under-pressure following the Hammers’ poor form

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?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Crippy Cooke


Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.

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