West Ham United ended the summer transfer window as the Premier League’s fourth biggest net spenders.
It was slow going for the Hammers for most of the window with only goalkeeper Alphonse Areola signing on loan with an £11 million option to buy.
A large section of West Ham fans vented their frustrations over a lack of new arrivals at co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold.
But West Ham ended up doing 75% of their business in the final eight days as Kurt Zouma, Nikola Vlasic and Alex Kral joined to seriously beef up David Moyes’s exciting young squad.
Hammers leave it late but Moyes gets quality over quantity
The majority of West Ham’s fans are happy with the club’s business. But most also rue the fact the club did not sign a striker.
Moyes had made it clear he only wanted a striker that would improve the team. And he also pointed out that was not easy for a number of reasons.
The Scot cited that there is a dearth of quality frontmen across Europe, that it was tough to sign a striker who knows he is not going to play when Michail Antonio is fit. And any strikers out there that might be better than Antonio are going to cost £60m plus and they aren’t going to sign for West Ham.
Moyes has opted to use the likes of Jarrod Bowen, Nikola Vlasic, Said Benrahma and Andriy Yarmolenko as second striker options instead.
Report shows West Ham ended window as Prem’s fourth biggest net spenders
The Hammers will have to set up differently if and when Antonio does not play. But Moyes will undoubtedly make it work.
Fans who were urging Sullivan and Gold to back the manager have seen their calls answered based on net spend.
Premier League clubs have splashed around £1.04bn on 103 permanent signings for disclosed fees during the summer transfer window.
And a new report from Sky Sports shows West Ham – who also retained the likes of Declan Rice – were the Prem’s fourth biggest net spenders with a £63.3m outlay.
Moyes fully deserved to be backed. And when West Ham’s owners lured fans away from their beloved Upton Park it was on the promise that it would enable the club to spend big in the transfer market.
Owners do not deserve special praise for delivering on what was promised but Moyes has achieved something meaningful in taking total control
So West Ham’s owners do not deserve any special credit for backing the manager who led the club to their highest ever Premier League points total and into the Europa League group stages for the first time.
But on the face of it the transfers have quelled brewing unrest at the lack of activity.
Sullivan, Gold and their vice-chairman Karren Brady are commonly acronymed GSB as part of the GSBOUT protest campaign calling for the trio to leave.
And a quick glance at social media – not always a true guide of public opinion as we have seen with elections and the like in the recent past – shows many fans are still GSBOUT.
A few much needed signings will not be enough to change that. The strength of feeling runs far deeper than that for most.
But what Sullivan and Gold have done at the very least is give Moyes a fighting chance to continue building West Ham the way HE wants – around young, hungry, talented international players of his choosing.
And that in itself – regardless of net spends and money graphs – is the biggest step forward West Ham have made in GSB’s tenure.