Sunday, September 7

Transfer window verdict in the Observer

My verdict on the transfer window is in the Observer today. Guess the key words are "on paper"… Click on the link to read. It got quoted on the West Ham website too…
On paper it seems like a good window. Apart from Diame, who never quite matched his potential, we’ve shifted out underachieving squad players, lowered the age of the team and finally got enough strikers in. Loaning Alex Song from Barcelona is quite a coup, while if Amalfitano can match his goal for WBA at Old Trafford it could be exciting. Zarate shows promise as a link player; £12 million striker Enner Valencia is unproven in the PL but has an international track record. Kouyate looks strong in midfield and Cresswell has settled in well at left-back. The big question is can Allardyce knit them into a team?

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