Quiet Night-in for the Hammers
The transfer Window has finally passed. Teams have signed, released and sold players over the past 3 months. Some clubs have done some big spending on deadline day such as Arsenal signing Ozil from Madrid and Bale going in the opposite direction from Spurs. Others have done some panic buying after pressure from fans, whilst a few teams, like West Ham, have neither sold nor brought in players.
Over the past 3 months, the West Ham chairmen have promised that another striker, excluding England international Andy Carroll, will be brought into the club. Over the period of the transfer window, there have been a number of transfer targets for the Hammers, all of which have broken down in one way or another.
The club’s transfer window went off to a flying start with last season’s fan favourite Andy Carroll signing from Liverpool after a season long loan at the club. This was then followed up with signing goalkeeper Adrian from Real Betis, Danny Whitehead from Stockport and Romania captain Razvan Rat from Shakhtar Donetsk. Despite this great start, West Ham has failed to bring in another striker which was promised by the West Ham chairmen through Twitter.
West Ham co-chairman David Gold had blamed the new Financial Fair Play rules in which no club can increase their wage budget by over £4m per year unless they have a wage budget under £52m. This meant that the club would have had to make up wages by selling players before being able to buy players; otherwise points could be deducted from West Ham.
Lots of West Ham fans have expressed their anger in not getting a striker over Twitter. Many have claimed that the chairmen are lying to the fans and that they aren’t willing to spend their money after the big transfer sum spent on Carroll. Also, a large number of fans have said that they’re not happy with replacement striker Modibo Maiga as his performances inside the first 3 games this season have been heavily criticised.
Whether or not the Hammers’ choice to stick with what they had on deadline day will prove to be the right decision, it is always a very big risk to only have one back-up player for someone who is as influential as Andy Carroll is for West Ham. This means if Andy Carroll is to pick up an injury this season, it may be a long and hard struggle for West Ham’s second successive spell in the Premier League.
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