Every summer signing ranked

Hughie Southon gave his take on the summer signings in another piece; here Dave Langton does the same.

It’s fair to say these haven’t gone well…

Lucas Paqueta – 5 – Barely shown his ability at West Ham. He’s playing deeper for Brazil at the World Cup than he does at the London Stadium, and he’s being relied upon to make magic happen in a claret and blue shirt. So far, he’s struggled, although there are hopes around his partnership with Gianluca Scamacca.

Gianluca Scamacca – 5 – Six goals but four of them have come in the Conference League. Nowhere near the same threat as Mikey Antonio, and looks to be second-choice when the Jamaica international is fit.

Nayef Aguerd – 2 – Injured in pre-season so has barely played any part. Looks good in the World Cup with Morocco so hopefully he can prove his worth once the season restarts.

Maxwel Cornet – 2 – Good player but barely given a shout by David Moyes. Deserved a goal at Chelsea but other than that, we’ve seen precious little.

Emerson – 5 – Clearly a rotation option and he looks generally fine. Still, not what we need to succeed Aaron Cresswell.

Thilo Kehrer – 1 – Disastrous. Not only has he made multiple mistakes leading to goals, he just looks wrong at right-back.

Flynn Downes – 6 – I like him. Looks an industrious, tidy player, but it’s a mystery that he can’t get into the team.

Alphonse Areola – 4 – He doesn’t look like the player we had in the Europa League last season.


About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

2 comments on “Every summer signing ranked

  1. Perhaps we should try and score them as to how they might play in their correct position and under a decent, imaginative manager. If one was at the World Cup and not performing for West Ham that would be an anomaly – for there to be four at the World Cup but not performing for West Ham it is clear where the problem lies. Another one is in the national squad of a team you would normally expect to see at the World Cup (and are European Champions).

  2. These are all good players, so the problem is…..?
    Aguerd and Cornet injured, so more to come hopefully. Aguerd and Kehrer played in centre of a back three – Moyes shoved Kehrer to r/B re Germany world cup. Paqueta – Brazil midfielder, play him there as he wants. Scamacca – link and box player, not a lone wolf. Aguerd – needs to be playing more. Downes ditto. The real worry is Moyes signed them and doesn’t seem to have a clue what to do with them!!!!

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