Saturday, January 21

Back to Fonte

Signing Jose Fonte is good news, even at £8 million for a 33-year-old. Always rated him as a defender and he made Lovren look a lot better player than he was while they were both at Southampton. Jose is a European Championship winner with Portugal and was captain at the Saints. So perhaps he'll provide more leadership in the WHU side. It's quite surprising none of the top six took a punt on him. 

The arrival of Fonte means West Ham now have four centre backs in Fonte, Reid, Ogbonna and Collins, plus Kouyate who can play both defence and midfield. Perhaps Bilic will play mainly three at the back now with Reid, Fonte and Ogbonna as his first choices. The right back problem hasn't been solved yet, although Byram being fit is a boost. But having Fonte in the squad can only add to competition and improve the side. And thankfully now the Insider column has been dropped from the WHU website we also seem to be doing our deals a bit more discreetly.


matt said...

Now that Super Slav has revealed that Ogbonna needs an operation and is out for the season, all becomes clear. This looks like an excellent move by the often maligned David Sullivan.

Pete May said...

Good signing shocker!