Search

Hats off to West Ham - this is what the fans want

17:19 09 July 2014

Archant

Our Hammers blogger is excited by the new signings at Upton Park

Cheikhou Kouyate and Mauro Zarate arrive at Chadwell Heath for the first day of training ahead of the new season and show off their new club colours. (Picture: whufc)Cheikhou Kouyate and Mauro Zarate arrive at Chadwell Heath for the first day of training ahead of the new season and show off their new club colours. (Picture: whufc)

Anyone else loving this ambitious aggression being shown by West Ham in this summer’s transfer window?

Diego Poyet the latest new recruit to join the ranks and we’re still in early July.

Whilst the majority of the league are sitting on their hands waiting for the right moment to pounce; West Ham are the flash Cockneys who’ve strolled into the casino and have already cleaned up and moved on.

With the aforementioned Poyet already signed up as well as Cheikhou Kouyate, Aaron Cresswell and Mauro Zarate, the club are now being linked with moves for Enner Valencia and Yevhen Konoplyanka so rather than relax and recline beneath the Bubbles; the club are already pursuing their next targets with all the ruthlessness of a hunter gaining rather ominously on its prey.

Diego PoyetDiego Poyet

Words are cheap; it’s the actions of West Ham that are quite rightly exciting the fans ahead of the upcoming campaign.

Last season wasn’t enjoyable for anyone (the hat-trick of wins over Spurs aside). But this new season already has an air of optimism about it. The club have made the kind of signings which signal a sea change in terms of playing style; Poyet for example is renowned for not only his passing ability, but his ball retention skills.

Last season, whilst Hammers fans were dissenting over the style of football and the much tottered out phrase ‘the West Ham way’ the favourite question on the lips of journalists and pundits alike was ‘What do the West Ham fans want?’

Well I hope they’re paying attention to the goings on down Green Street because this is EXACTLY what the fans want; the club showing some ambition to not just stay in the league by playing mediocre football, but actually bringing in the quality to compete.

Merely staying up this season will not be enough; Sam knows that, the owners made it quite clear a top-10 finish is expected this season and kudos to Gold and Sullivan for giving Sam the funds to bring in the kind of quality that can make that happen.

Last season when the injuries piled up, Matt Taylor was deployed in a central midfield role due to lack of genuine alternatives…this coming season however Diame, Noble, Kouyate and Poyet will be scrapping for a starting birth, now that, relatively speaking, is an embarrassment of riches.

Whether or not Mathieu Valbuena, Konoplyanka or Valencia rock up at the Boleyn in the coming weeks, one thing is for sure…the Hammers are definitely moving in the right direction.

Latest Sport Stories

Barkingside manager Matt Frew with the Essex Senior League Cup and League runners-up shield in the 2012/13 campaign (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO).

Barkingside’s most successful manager steps down and discuss what he plans to do next

16:14
Upminster's Karim Govani checks on availability

Our latest blog from Upminster CC

Orient manager Fabio Liverani after relegation is confirmed (pic: Simon O'Connor).

O’s boss discusses players out of contract and his responsibility following relegation

13:20
Sixfields Stadium, the venue for the EFSA Inter-County Trophy finals

County face Lancashire in English Schools Climax in Northampton

Most read sport

Competitions

Limited edition Opihr Gin goodies up for grabs!

Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin is a unique style of London Dry Gin created at G&J one of the world’s oldest gin distillers, using exotic botanicals, herbs and spices.

Pop on the most stylish eyewear around from Specsavers.

London eyecare specialists Specsavers are offering London24 readers the chance to win a £150 voucher to spend on stylish eyewear in the city.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder