West Ham's late flourish in the market has changed expectations

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As is the case year after year the closure of the summer transfer window hits like the dreaded hangover.

The reality is, players that complete your favourite team's squad are the players you are now forced to love or loath until January comes around has suddenly dawned, out of nowhere the £18 million striker you drunkenly told your best mate would be the next Messi doesn't seem such a sure fire thing and the manager you thought would be the Messiah suddenly seems as useful as an Englishman in a penalty shoot-out your life depends upon.

Of course if unlike me, you support any other club than Tottenham the above is probably completely foreign and your actually pretty happy with your club's work in this window. If you support West Ham the above is definitely foreign.


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Slavan Bilic has made his intentions clear; Get results and do it by scoring more than the opposition - simple isn't it?

In my opinion the movement in the West Ham dressing room should be a welcomed occurrence. Last season's 12th placed finish certainly wasn't a disgrace but it also isn't something to hold an open top parade for either?

No football fan in the land can honestly say in their heart of hearts they hope for 12th place. If on opening day of the season your not fighting back the urge in the middle of a heated football discussion to blurt out 'I think we'll win the league this year' football probably isn't for you, stop reading, Google 'Big Bash 2015' and thank me later.

West Ham had a huge nine players make they're way to Upton Park throughout this window, admittedly three of which are loanees but even so; the calibre of the players now pulling on claret and blue shows a colossal amount of desire from the board and Mr Bilic.

Although Alex Song is now a familiar face to the West Ham faithful, securing his services again through another season long loan deal with Barcelona will prove pivotal in any progression West Ham muster this season.

West Ham also have the option to keep the player for a further year, Providing Song can keep fit this term he will provide the leadership, aggression and creativity that is a must in a midfield that should be looking for European Football.

The perhaps not so groundbreaking signing of Nikica Jelavic could actually become pretty ground breaking for West Ham, a player who has a decent goal scoring record for some pretty mediocre sides could be the difference between one and three points in a number of crucial games this season.

Jelavic is a gritty player who will bring to the table a lot more than just goal scoring prowess, with incredible strength and aerial ability he can certainly make goals as well as score them. I'm sure Jelavic will be relishing the opportunity to put the fore mentioned attributes to good use with players such as; Song, Moses and Dimitri Payet - all players that can make Jelavic's job that little bit easier and certainly visa versa.

In conclusion the most committed West Ham fan could be forgiven for getting that little bit over excited and pre-booking cup final coach tickets to Wembley on February 28 and May 21 respectively. West Ham fans- please don't take the last sentence literally, when you only require 10 seats pre-booking isn't really necessary.

In all seriousness thank god for West Ham as without them there would be nothing to write about; Levy wouldn't pay to look through the window, Wenger wouldn't see the window, Mourinho would blame the maintenance guys repairing the window, and van Gaal would buy the window.

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