West Ham United fans have been casting envious glances at Aston Villa this week but is a sense of perspective needed?
Goalkeeper Alphonse Areola remains West Ham’s only proper signing this summer as Craig Dawson’s permanent move was activated last season.
And David Moyes clearly needs more reinforcements, particularly up front and in central defence.
Meanwhile Aston Villa have brought in Emi Buendia, Leon Bailey and Danny Ings quickly and efficiently as Jack Grealish heads off to Manchester City in a record £100m deal.
Privately West Ham have been very clear all summer that A) Moyes is fully in charge of transfers as he has been since his return to the club – with great success. And B) money IS available for signings.
Hammers News no GSB puppets but is a sense of perspective needed?
West Ham fans have been hitting out at co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold over the lack of arrivals.
Hammers News has always tried to hold the owners to account even when most others have not.
But is a sense of perspective needed during this very unique transfer window?
Yes Aston Villa have done some good business on the face of it. They are clearly a well run club at this present time.
But if West Ham sold their talisman and star player Declan Rice and signed a 30-year-old injury prone striker on silly wages, an untested winger from an inferior league and a player who flopped in the Premier League last time around, would people would be reacting in the same way?
I think we all know the answer to that.
This transfer window – this year more than perhaps ever before – is a marathon not a sprint.
Hammers must wait their turn to get players Moyes wants
And it has always been the case that middle tier clubs like West Ham have to wait for the big boys to do their business first before assessing who is left – especially when moving for a higher calibre of player. Leicester are the only real exception to that rule – but they won the league not so long ago so could reasonably argue they are now in that upper tier of teams.
I trust Moyes (he’s earned that much) and his process. Of course in an ideal world West Ham would have got all their business done in pre-season and Moyes would have had time to work his new signings into the side.
But this is far from an ideal world at the moment and West Ham – with Moyes still in the process of overhauling the club’s recruitment department – are simply not in that zone right now.
Unique window is a marathon not a sprint
And as tempting as it is to blame GSB – and the list of grievances fans have with the owners goes way beyond transfers – I think we would all acknowledge that Moyes simply would not be here if they weren’t backing him.
He would not have signed a new three-year deal if assurances were not made to him about recruitment. And he certainly wouldn’t hang around if those assurances were reneged upon.
West Ham have signed one of the best goalkeepers around.
It may not have been a priority position but it is great business in that Areola, 28, can transition alongside Lukasz Fabianski to be the club’s new long-term number one – potentially for the next seven years or more.
Chances to sign a player like that don’t come along every day so West Ham had to take it. For once the club has planned ahead in the transfer market and credit must be given on that front.
If quality striker and defender arrive and Rice stays it would be difficult to criticise West Ham window
Yes it is odd that West Ham have had since January to identify and sign a new striker.
But given my trust in Moyes that tells me that he is waiting patiently for a reason. The Scot will likely be waiting for a specific player to become available – most likely when the selling club gets its own deals done as it probably the case with the likes of Chelsea, Tammy Abraham and Romelu Lukakau.
It is unfathomable that Moyes will go into a jam-packed season with Michail Antonio and Jarrod Bowen as his forward options.
So West Ham will more than likely sign bring a striker in that Moyes wants and a new centre half before the window closes at the end of the month. Do that, and – as looks likely – the club also keeps Rice then it would be difficult to criticise this window.
Hammers fans will rightly argue that we need signings in other positions too – such as defensive midfield cover.
But we have a squad big enough to navigate the start of the season for a few weeks IF we do have to wait until the window closes, as will be the case for the majority of middle tier clubs (whether we like it or not).
Whether you trust the owners or not, surely every West Ham fan trusts in Moyes?
Patience is a virtue and I firmly believe it will be if we trust in Moyes and his process.
If, come September 1st, West Ham have failed to beef the squad up sufficiently then that’s a different story. But until then let’s keep our powder dry.