West Ham United have been making the headlines for all the right reasons this summer.
With Manuel Pellegrini at the helm and the club threatening to have spent over £100 million on transfers by the close of the window on Thursday, things are looking up for the Hammers.
Another season of bedding in at the unpopular London Stadium will have helped ease tensions over the move.
Fans who protested against the club’s owners David Sullivan, David Gold and their vice-chairman Karren Brady last season have been suitably enthused by the actions taken this summer to once again sell out 52,000 season tickets.
Felipe Anderson is the standout signing for West Ham at a club record £40 million and many are predicting big things from him and the Hammers.
Others feel there may have been too much change and it may take time to gel.
But former England striker Peter Crouch has delivered his own emphatic verdict on West Ham’s dealings and hopes for the new campaign in his column in The Daily Mail.
In fact Crouch goes as far as to say West Ham have done the best business this summer outside of his old club and league’s highest spenders Liverpool.
“If it had not been for Liverpool’s spectacular dealings, all eyes would have been on West Ham,” Crouch said in The Daily Mail.
“After the disappointment and unhappiness of last year, the owners have gone for it in a big way. Give them credit, they have not messed around. Midfielder Felipe Anderson, for a club record, and Jack Wilshere have been the headline-grabbing arrivals but I like the signing of Andriy Yarmolenko, too.
“He is an exciting player who will score and create goals, which should help relieve the pressure on Marko Arnautovic, who had too much responsibility on his shoulders last season.
“Marko is someone I know well and I rate him highly. He is going to be the key man again and I can see people raving about him. Manuel Pellegrini sets his teams up to attack and it will be entertaining at the London Stadium – which is what the fans want.
“(I’m) looking forward to watching them in action and they will get plenty of points at home.”
West Ham fans will be hoping Crouch’s assessment comes to fruition.