Claret&Hugh: ‘I doff my cap to Moyes, Steidten and Sullivan for our super summer signings’

For a long time it looked very worrying, but it developed into a top summer transfer window

David Moyes (West Ham manager) at the West Ham United v Manchester City EPL match, at the London Stadium, London, UK on 16th September, 2023.

Let it be said, David Moyes and Tim Steidten have, between them, done a magnificent job this summer. After all the tales of woe earlier in the window regarding the relationship between the pair, things could hardly be better on the pitch.

If this is what fall-outs produce at clubs, we need a lot more of them. The appointment of a technical director was long overdue at the club and beyond the very fine signings the pair have made between them is another amazing stat. For – courtesy of Hammers News – after signing five first team players for £120 million, selling four and releasing one for £137 million, the Hammers have made a profit of £17 million.

As a reminder the players sold were Declan, Scamacca, Vlasic and Masuaku. For a long time it looked very worrying as we failed to get moving in the summer window but with the manager, technical director and – let it be said – David Sullivan pushing hard from behind the scenes, it developed into a top window – certainly the best under this manager.

The other point that must be remembered is that our form depended by and large on Declan Rice last season and the atmosphere was fraught as we neared the end of it and his departure was clear. Now, it has to be said on what we have seen so far, Alvaraz is a more than adequate replacement and in Ward-Prowse, we have a player who gets forward really quickly and who’s dead ball delivery is truly magnificent.

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