West Ham’s famous five are creating a situation at the club that we haven’t seen in many years. We hear talk of Declan Rice being worth over £100 million, Jarrod Bowen £70 million, Tomas Soucek the same or a bit more, Vladimír Coufal around £50 million, and Said Benrahma rapidly climbing the price scale.
After years of watching average players taking their place nearly automatically in previous Hammers sides this is a new country indeed. And God forbid that it ever happens, were we to sell at the sort of figures being discussed, it would see the club make something like a quarter of a billion profit on the five of them.
Declan, of course, came through the academy whilst the club developed scouts and signing opportunities in the Czech Republic where Tomas and Vladimir were bought cheaply, Jarrod is turning out to be a serious bargain at £20 million-ish, and ironically Benny was the most expensive in an overpriced UK market.
I was told many years ago, when starting this job as a career by a certain former Hammer called Noel Cantwell, that if you have five top players in a side you would win things. These are heady days indeed at West Ham and Noel my old pal, I hope you were right.
The current success put to bed the proposed non takeover by PAI and makes the protests by a section of our fanbase, who have little to moan about, look ridiculous. Sadly the likes of Tony Cottee did himself no favours by becoming involved with PAI and looks to have burned his Hammers bridges whilst I remain astonished that there are still those who can’t get over their grievances.
Sadly it seems to be built into their DNA and to still be protesting about a club which is showing the signs of becoming a new Leicester City seems strange. We are enjoying the headiest days since I became a Hammer with the exception of the mid sixties and every single one of us should be enjoying every minute of what’s going on.