The 2017 Summer Transfer Window: A Hammers Review

West Ham Opinion

So, with football fans up and down the land enjoying an enthralling Deadline Day with some historic signings being completed on Thursday.

For our dear old Hammers, it was like being grounded as a kid and watching desperately from your bedroom as your mates play without you.

However, with deals for the likes of England No.1 Joe Hart, Austrian international Marko Arnautovic, two-time Premier League winner Pablo Zabaleta and Mexico’s all-time leading goal scorer Javier Hernandez being secured in the market this summer, many pundits are regarding it as a good window for our board.

Nevertheless, the number of out goings from the club in the last few months has been alarming, as we look back at how successful this window has actually been, and evaluate whether it was really an improvement on the diabolic summer of 2016.

Although we haven’t appeared to have made signings of the same caliber as the likes of Gokhan Tore, Jonathan Calleri, Havard Nordtveit and Simone Zaza, one thing that we have undoubtedly done is under shot ourselves in terms of numbers.

The summer started with the signing of the former Manchester City right-back Pablo Zabaleta, a day after the release of youngsters Sam Howes, Sam Westley, Sam Ford and Kyle Knoyle.

The month of May also saw the end of the loans of Calleri and Tore, with Alvaro Arbeloa retiring at the end of his contract.

More departures would follow as June arrived Nordtveit, Scottish youngster Stephen Hendrie, Swiss keeper Raphael Spiegel all departed, with Enner Valencia ending a saga by finally moving back to Mexico for around £5 million.

However, just a few days after Academy talent George Dobson made a permeant move to Holland, Slaven Bilic started to do his real business as a deal for Ajax starlet Anouar El Mhassani was followed by the biggest signing of the summer.

Marko Arnautovic had arrived from Stoke City on a club-record fee of £23 million to add to the loan deal of Joe Hart from Pep Guardiola’s Citizens.

However, the move that Hammers fans up and down the land had been waiting years for was just around the corner, as former Red Devil Javier Hernandez joined for £16 million from Bayer Leverkusen.

In the later part of July, the duo of Darren Randolph and Ashley Fletcher departed to Gary Monk’s Middlesbrough much to the disgust of fans.

But even more disgustingly, Randolph remarked after his exit “It was a race between me and Adrian to get out of West Ham first”, you can’t help but feel that those comments sum up our current situation.

Another catalyst to the anger of The Claret & Blue Army proved to be the loaning out of Reece Burke and Josh Cullen to Bolton Wanderers, who joined Reece Oxford who departed for the Bundesliga as the loanees.

Surprisingly, August would be a very quiet month on the Business front, as there was one more arrival in the form of Montenegro international youngster Sead Haksabanovic.

Our final activity of the window came in the form of Robert Snodgrass’ loan to Aston Villa, he too criticising the club after his departure.

Deadline Day was also a huge frustration for many with the failed moves for Andre Gomes and William Carvalho, mixed in with the Diafra Sakho saga and the poisonous feel surrounding the club.

However, the facts do not back up Bilic or Gold and Sullivan either, as we end the summer with only 21 senior squad members, our record low in the Premier League.

Even more worryingly, we have let 17 players go and have only made five signings in their replacement during the course of the summer.

But let’s look on the bright side Hammers, at least Sakho’s agent’s horse won.