West Ham completed deals for Barcelona’s Alex Song and Marseille’s Morgan Amalfitano on transfer deadline day and now boast one of the best squad’s they have had in years.
Much was made over manager Sam Allardyce’s shortage of options all over the pitch last season but the club and gaffer have certainly rectified the situation this summer.
They have brought in nine players in total and, despite ten players heading for the exit door, the quality of their signings has led to much excitement and anticipation amongst the fans.
The capturing of Song was one of the stand-out moves on deadline day and the 26-year-old epitomises the club’s European ambition.
He has joined on a season-long loan and was said to be convinced to move to east London on the basis of a conversation he had with Allardyce about their targets for the season.
The Cameroon international struggled in Barcelona and failed to make any impact in the side but could prove to be a shrewd addition.
He earned a move to the Catalan giants after displaying some impressive form in the Premier League with Arsenal and 'Big Sam' will be hopeful he can replicate that in claret and blue this season.
The Irons’ other deadline day addition was former West Brom man Amalfitano, who scored four goals in 28 appearances during his time on loan at the Hawthorns last term.
The 29-year-old playmaker scored a memorable effort in a 2-1 win against Manchester United at Old Trafford, and has now joined the Hammers on a permanent deal from Marseille.
He will bring some extra creativity and flair to West Ham that could help them provide the entertaining and attacking performances that the board and fans crave.
New boys Song, Amalfitano, Carl Jenkinson, Enner Valencia, Diafra Sakho, Cheikhou Kouyate, Diego Poyet, Aaron Cresswell and Mauro Zárate can significantly improve the Hammers this season.
They needed an injection of quality and that is exactly what they have achieved this summer, but whether or not the quality is utilised is a different matter.
Allardyce now has an array of attacking talent at his disposal that can take games by the scruff of the neck – gone are the days of relying on the injury prone Andy Carroll – but it requires his trust in them to play a forward-thinking system for it to truly pay dividends.
The only concern for the side is that they failed to bring in a centre-back as they wanted to bolster their relatively thin back-line, however Kouyate is capable of playing there if they do become stretched for options.
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