The transfer window has closed in England but we will all be on tenterhooks until the window shuts for the rest of the clubs in Europe. We could receive offers for some of our players from Europe that might be too good to refuse and then we face the problem of not being able to replace them.
It’ll be interesting to see if many players are snapped up after our window closes. I personally think the window should shut at the same time for all. With all the signings coming in, it wasn’t a surprise to see Cheikhou Kouyate leave. He hasn’t been the same player over the past two seasons that we had at the start of his time with us.
I suspect it will be a good deal for everyone. It gives him the chance to restart his career and we’ve got some good money for him. Of our summer signings, Anderson is the one I’m looking forward to seeing the most because of the money involved.
Although it’s not his fault, the transfer fee will ensure expectations are high for him than someone signed on a free transfer, like Ryan Fredericks.
I saw him play a few times for Fulham last season and he impressed me. I think he could be the best value signing this year.
It has been an amazing summer for West Ham when you look at the players we have brought in. The only downside to so many players coming in at once is how quickly they will gel together. You sometimes have it where two or three players just click and hit the ground running but in the main it does take time.
I know they’ve all had a pre-season together and they’ve played in friendlies together but it takes half a dozen games to really get to know each other. Friendlies and training are no substitute for real matches.
Only after a few matches you know what players are really like. You can watch them on YouTube, see them in training, but it’s only when you see them for yourself that you can tell.