Hugh Southon’s Last Word: You don’t need to spend loads of cash if you find the right guys

For me Soucek, Bowen and Coufal are among the best buys this club has made in many years

Based on what we have seen so far this season, Jarrod Bowen, Tomas Soucek and the new right back Vladimir Coufal are ready-made Hammers stars snapped up at bargain prices and making a major impact.

Home grown Declan Rice is becoming a better player with Soucek alongside him, whilst Bowen was a snip at around £20 million and Couval – at £5 million – looks a brilliant piece of business based on his performances so far.

When one realises that Haller, Anderson and Yarmolenko cost us about £2 million short of £100 million, it’s easy to understand why some of us really do hate the “spend millions” philosophy we hear across the forums every transfer window.

For me Soucek, Bowen and Coufal are among the best buys this club has made in many years and in real terms cost us a pittance by comparison transfer market dealings of the past.

The arrival of the first two in January, and Coufal in the summer, prove a very big point – the so called marquee signings seen at this and other clubs over too many years may not be the way to go anymore.

Yes, there has been too much moaning and groaning about the financial impact of Covid-19 at our club, when instead we should have perhaps been bigging ourselves up on the quality of players we have seen arrive and become central to the success we have enjoyed this term.

That we have took eight points from four of the toughest games we will face all season is a testament to that and for all the many past reservations we have had on the issue, our recruitment policy is at last starting to look better.

Hopefully David Moyes is going to drive this club into the sort of position which will ensure that he achieves the near impossible by ensuring that he takes charge of it all rather than David Sullivan.

In the end, the success of any club comes down to its recruitment and finally we are seeing things on the up with Moyes’ return.

Working through a favoured agent – Will Salthouse of Unique Sports Management – currently has five West Ham players in his stable is not the best way to go. The five by the way are Randolph, Cresswell, Fredericks, Benrahma and Antonio.It’s now to be firmly hoped that the manager – assuming all goes well – takes control of scouting and recruitment and that he brings in a director of football – a job currently filled on a de facto basis by Sullivan. 

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