Rio Ferdinand has criticised West Ham’s recent recruitment, when speaking to BBC podcast 606 Savage Social.
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The Hammers have spent big over the past two years. But in truth, not many of the recent arrivals can be considered as a success.
West Ham brought in Felipe Anderson from Lazio in the summer of 2018 for around £35 million (The Telegraph). Then in the summer of 2019, the east London outfit signed Sebastien Haller for £45 million (BBC) and Pablo Fornals for £24 million (BBC).
During that time, West Ham have also spent big on the likes of Jarrod Bowen, Issa Diop and Andriy Yarmolenko.
And in truth, only Fornals and perhaps Anderson have been hits out of those names.
Bowen could still prove to be a great signing, but it’s too early to make a judgement just yet.
And Ferdinand suggested that the Hammers’ recruitment could have been better, when speaking to BBC podcast 606 Savage Social:
“I think recruitment could have been better. But I think many clubs are probably in that position, spending a lot of money on players who haven’t given back their worth.”
Ferdinand is probably right. But at the same time, Sebastien Haller could still come good. And Jarrod Bowen and Issa Diop both have the ability to become top class players.
The days of spending big money of foreign stars are probably long gone due to the global health crisis.
And David Moyes will have to cut his cloth accordingly this summer. And that might play into West Ham’s hands.
Targeting young and talented players from the lower leagues might just be the way forward over the course of the next year or so.