Jonathan Calleri joins West Ham on a season-long loan - Twitter reacts
Yesterday, West Ham confirmed the signing of striker Jonathan Calleri on a season-long loan from Uruguayan outfit Deportivo Maldonado, subject to international approval.
Slaven Bilic’s hunt for a striker had proved tiresome, with deals for the likes of Carlos Bacca falling through, but capturing the Argentine is a step in the right direction for the Hammers.
The London side have already secured the signing of Andre Ayew from Swansea, and Calleri will provide another option for Bilic to lead the line.
The 22-year-old has impressed in spells across South America, including scoring 16 times in 30 games with Brazilian giants Sao Paulo on loan from Deportivo Maldonado.
Barcelona recently contacted the player’s agent in an attempt to hijack the move as they look to rejuvenate their squad and provide cover for their devastatingly effective front three.
Despite his young age, Calleri is regarded as a complete striker by many. Fast, with fantastic attacking movement and strong in the air, despite his height, he’ll surely be a potent force if he can adapt to the Premier League.
Journalist Tom Robinson said, that Calleri has the ability to “conjure up a moment of magic” at any point, a welcome addition to the new brand of exciting football that Slaven Bilic is developing at West Ham.
Calleri did feature in Argentina’s Olympic squad, but problems plagued the talented line-up and they struggled throughout. His performances were a far stretch from the promise his showed domestically, and shouldn’t distort fans image of their new arrival too heavily.
Manager Slaven Bilic gave his opinion on Calleri in a recent press conference. The striker will link up with the squad soon after his efforts with Argentina at the Olympic Games.
— West Ham United (@WestHam) August 11, 2016
Fans took to Twitter to announce their relief and delight at the club finally signing a dedicated centre forward. At just 22, Calleri has his entire career ahead of him. If he can dedicate himself to improving and adapting to the league, supporters believe he can have a big impact in the near future.
Calleri has so much potential to be a great striker for us imo
— Lanzini ⚒ (@Lanzini__) August 12, 2016
— @Mickysz 💙💙 (@mickysz) August 11, 2016
— Adam Durack (@AdamDurack) August 11, 2016
And others emphasised that capturing another young talent on a loan deal with a potential option to buy is a bargain, especially given the state of the current market.
Jonathan Calleri to West Ham is a steal
— Cordell Cockett (@CordellCockett3) August 12, 2016
It wasn’t all optimism from Hammers fans, though. While undoubtedly a talented player, Calleri is far from the complete package and has never played in the Premier League before. Whether he can translate the talent shown across South American clubs into success in England remains to be seen.
I'm still very unsure about Jonathan Calleri. From what I've seen of him, he doesn't seem that great. Hope I'm proved wrong. #WHUFC
— West Ham Forum (@WestHam_Forum) August 11, 2016
Meanwhile, a few fans are feeling positive for reasons outside of football.
Jonathan Calleri is doubtless an impressive coup for West Ham. Barcelona were reportedly interested in the youngster, and if the Hammers can lure developing talent more effectively than one of the world’s biggest clubs, then the future is looking bright. Calleri will feature in and around the first team to start with, but, barring injuries, shouldn’t be the first name on the team sheet for some time yet.
He is, without question, one of the most exciting prospects in South America, but remains just that for the time being.
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