West Ham are absolutely massive and Tottenham helped us by making one signing in particular just under two years ago.
The Hammers are currently flying high in third spot in the Premier League table whilst Tottenham are floundering down in ninth position, seven points behind us.
David Moyes is working wonders at the London Stadium and has guided us to the top of our Europa League group as well.
On top of that, we have a Carabao Cup quarter-final clash with Spurs just before Christmas.
Obviously when we say we are absolutely massive, we are saying it with our tongues placed firmly in our cheeks! It’s us taking the Mickey out of ourselves.
Whatever way you look at it though, West Ham’s recent rise to prominence is certainly ruffling the feathers of some of the so-called big six clubs…Tottenham being one of them.
And we think Spurs may have helped us get where we are today.
Tottenham signing in 2020 is the reason West Ham are now absolutely massive
Spurs beat the Hammers to the loan signing of Gedson Fernandes from Benfica in January 2020.
West Ham came so close to agreeing a deal to sign the 22-year-old on loan with an obligation to buy for £33 million, according to a report from Sky Sports at the time.
At the time it seemed like a big blow that Tottenham had got one over us in the transfer market.
Moyes dusted himself off, however, and brought in Tomas Soucek instead.
While Fernandes struggled in north London, Soucek excelled at the London Stadium. It was like chalk and cheese. The 26-year-old’s energy, character and winning mentality helped completely transform the Hammers.
Meanwhile, the Portuguese midfielder faded into the background at Tottenham after a succession of woeful displays.
We think that had we signed Fernandes instead of Soucek, Vladimir Coufal certainly wouldn’t have followed him to East London a year later.
West Ham would not have built a rapport with the Czech Republic and subsequently wouldn’t have garnered the interest and ensuing investment from Daniel Kretinsky.
The signing of Soucek was a transcending one in so many different ways, both on and off the pitch.
Had we signed Fernandes instead of the Czech ace, I firmly believe that we would still be a mediocre, mid-table club at best.
Congratulations to Moyes for bringing Potato Salad to the club.
At the same time though we have to thank Tottenham for beating us to the signing of Gedson Fernandes!