Four players are changing West Ham’s world


Four players are changing West Ham’s world

Four players are changing West Ham‘s world.

It’s been a very long time coming but it is no surprise that the arrival of a top technical director is making a huge difference to the way West Ham are perceived in the Premier League and across Europe.

We are talking about Edson Alvarez, Lucas Paqueta, Mohammad Kudus and Jarrod Bowen who together are slowly turning this into a club with real prospects and ambition.

Four players are changing West Ham’s world

These are top players upon whom very envious eyes are being turned on among other Premier League clubs, and who together can turn this club into something very big indeed, given time.

Bowen’s decision to sign for seven years was a landmark decision which must have impressed the likes of Kudus and Alvarez whilst Paqueta was unlike any player we have seen at the club in years.

Alvarez could hardly have been a better replacement for Rice, Bowen was a buy and a half at around £20 odd million, Paqueta was a sensational at £50 million although not always the most consistent and one wishes he would cut out the diving.

But for me, Kudus at £38 million, may just turn out to be the best of the lot and excites me as much as any Hammer I have seen over the years.

Four players are changing West Ham’s world

These are all players who will be watched carefully by top clubs which brings us to the next issue facing West Ham United. They must show we can hold onto them all by regularly winning things.

Between themselves, David Moyes and Tim Steidten have done a remarkable job in the first window they have worked together despite some alleged problems between them.

I, for one, am excited to see who they bring in next and even more excited by the prospect of the Hammers showing they can hold onto.


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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • Buster says:

    Agree with all of that, Hugh. Soucek has also been freed up by Alvarez coming in. He became hemmed in with the emergence of Rice’s more attacking play. Add the craft of Ward-Prowse to the mix and it looks good. I think we need a striker of a similar ilk to Ivan Toney in this coming transfer window.

    Merry Christmas

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