So another transfer window has been and gone and I’m not sure how I feel.
Don’t get me wrong I think the signing of Bowen is a really positive one.
He has caught my eye in the Championship for a number of years now and I think he could be one who could come in and make an instant impact.
It was mainly Crystal Palace and ourselves who were in the running and this is down to the involvement, once again, of the agent Will Salthouse.
The transfer seemed to take all day to complete but that was because he negotiated over a relegation release clause, reluctantly took the 50 percent wage reduction if we get relegated and then it wasn’t clear what train to Stratford he was on and his agent’s mobile went dead (only at West Ham!). Eventually the deal got completed just after 11.
We also completed the signing and return of Darren Randolph.
Darren did a good job for us before and had excelled in the Championship with Middlesbrough.
I am pleased that he is happy to be backup keeper meaning we should never see the calamity Roberto again!
Guess who Randolph’s agent also is? Yep you got it, Will Salthouse.
Salthouse has very strong links to both Palace and ourselves so whenever one of his clients becomes available we are often the front runners!
Many of his current clients currently play or have played for Crystal Palace or ourselves.
These include: Zaha, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Townsend, Schlupp, Antonio, Kouyate, Cresswell, Jordan Ayew, Fredericks and Randolph.
Other clients who have been subject of bids from us include Callum Wilson, Jamaal Lascelles and Tom Cairney.
This gives you an indication of how our transfer policy is conducted.
Now our director of football Husillos has been sacked, our strategy is David Sullivan using a selected group of agents to find him players.
The other addition during the window was Czech international Tomas Soucek, a box to box midfielder who impressed in the Euros against England.
I felt this was a position we really needed to strengthen in and I was impressed with the player in his debut game against Brighton.
Personally I felt we should have added at least a forward and think that this could come back to haunt us. We had some interest in Giroud but couldn’t get that over the line.
I think a good bit of business was getting Nevin and Nolan in as coaches and hope they have an instant impact.
But I wish we could have got them in earlier because both were without clubs so there was no reason we couldn’t have. BBM