West Ham managed to get a deal for Said Benrahma over the line on transfer deadline day.
Before the 25-year-old arrived at the club, Hammers boss David Moyes brought Vladimir Coufal and Craig Dawson to the London Stadium. He also turned Tomas Soucek’s loan move into a permanent one back in July.
Those players are four very strong additions.
Sure, we are still short in the central midfield and left-back/left wing-back departments. But on the whole, we aren’t in a bad place.
And West Ham’s potent attacking line-up could deliver the goods this season.
Jarrod Bowen on the right and Michail Antonio through the middle almost pick themselves.
Meanwhile, Pablo Fornals has impressed on the left with his work ethic and technical ability when in possession of the football.
Throw Benrahma into the mix and Moyes has got a really devastating attacking force at his disposal.
Bear in mind, Andriy Yarmolenko and Sebastien Haller are waiting in the wings as well.
One simple tweak is all that’s needed
The trouble for Moyes will be fitting Benrahma into his team. Perhaps against weaker sides, Declan Rice could move back into defence, allowing Fornals to play in central midfield. This would open up the left wing position for the Algerian.
This would also enable the Scot to keep his preferred 3-4-3/5-4-1 system in tact.
And despite West Ham’s defensive weaknesses, with an attacking line-up consisting of a skilful maverick in Benrahma, a powerful tireless runner in Antonio and a hard-working dribbling wizard in Bowen, we can really push for a top eight finish this season.
Against better teams, perhaps we should keep Rice in central midfield, because that is his best position.
But it is at least something to think about.
If the Hammers can be well-organised and defensively sound against the better teams and line up with plenty of attacking intent against the weaker teams, we might just be able to surprise a few people this season.
And a top eight finish should be well within our reach.