Most people would argue the West Ham have had their best transfer window in years. They have seemingly solved their striker problem which has seen them linked with seemingly every striker in Europe for the past few years by signing Chicharito from Bayer Leverkusen in Germany, which at £16 million is a bargain especially considering the current market climate. West Ham have also secured an excellent deal by getting Joe Hart arguably England’s best keeper on loan from Manchester City. Marko Arnautovic Stoke’s enigmatic yet excellent wide man has also been snapped up for £24 million which I think is a little overpriced but considering Gylfi Sigurdsson is valued at £50 million is accepted.
Chicharito is no doubt a brilliant goalscorer who is also proven in the Premier League from his time with Manchester United where he was used mainly as a super sub to a devastating effect by Sir Alex Ferguson, but he is 29 and some would argue past his peak after his relatively poor season with Bayer Leverkusen last season where he scored only 11 goals from 26 appearances in the Bundesliga and endured a barren run without scoring for a long period of games. Give it two years and he will start losing his pace which is one of his most important assets and one of the qualities that makes him such a good goalscorer. Chicharito is a signing which the West Ham board almost had to make to satisfy their demanding fanbase who were starting to lose patience with them due to their reluctance to sign a top quality striker who would fit a team of West Ham’s stature, instead opting for short term, unproven alternatives like Zaza and Calleri last season. They did not think about the long term effectiveness of this signing or the possibility of it going wrong. Chicharito’s goals may help West Ham to European football for the next few seasons but sooner rather than later he will start declining.
As for Joe Hart who as I stated before is still in my opinion England’s best goalkeeper he is 30 years old and it was apparent by his performance on loan at Italian club Torino he is not the same player he was a few years ago. He made a catalogue of costly and almost comical errors and had some absolutely shocking games such as the two games against Napoli where he conceded 10 goals. He was also forced out of Manchester City by Pep Guardiola due to not being good enough with the ball at his feet which for me still isn’t a valid reason to criticise a keeper and was made even funnier by the woes of Claudio Bravo the man tasked with replacing Hart, even though I feel it was beneficial in the long term as they have now got Ederson who is arguably a better and younger keeper. Time will prove whether he will be a shrewd signing, or be another one of West Ham’s erratic goalkeepers.
Arnautovic who I think is the worst signing of the trio especially due to the fact that he cost the most is on his day unplayable but he does not have those days a lot. As shown by his time at Stoke last season where he provided 6 goals and 5 assists which is a respectable tally but you would expect more from someone of his quality, he also went missing in a lot of games especially against the so called big clubs. The quality is undoubtedly there but the consistency isn’t and for his price tag you would expect him to perform in every game. He is also 28 so he is supposed to be at the peak of his powers.
All in all West Ham’s signing’s will no doubt improve the team for the next few seasons but may prove to be a burden after a few seasons. They were made with the intention of pleasing their fans and scaring competitors but there wasn’t a lot of thinking put into the long term aspect of the deal.
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