Sometimes you just have to keep the family silver.
As the transfer window rolled around, there will have been plenty of anxiety at the London Stadium surrounding potential departures.
Declan Rice was linked away, Michail Antonio had ended the season in red-hot form and could have been seen as a potential new striker for any number of clubs, Issa Diop’s star had somewhat waned, but he remained an elite, young defender, while Lukasz Fabianski is still perhaps the best goalkeeper outside of the top six in the Premier League.
There was every chance the Irons could be gutted and stripped down for parts in this transfer window.
Now, of course, we have to address the elephant in the room. Grady Diangana being sold was not the unforgivable sin some have made it out to be, but it was poor, and the reaction to it was justified. David Sullivan’s insistence that it would be worth it looks even worse in retrospect.
The signings, too, have been somewhat middling. Turning Tomas Soucek’s loan into a proper transfer looks a cracking bit of business and Vladimir Coufal had an excellent debut against Leicester, but one has to say we could have done with a few more bodies.
Nevertheless, the spine of this very good team remains intact and when they are all fit and firing, this is a starting XI to rival most teams in the league.
Who would have predicted before the games that the Hammers would beat Wolves and Leicester by an aggregate scoreline of 7-0?
It beggars belief, really, and there are, of course, bigger tests to come. The next three weeks following the international break, with games against Spurs, City and Liverpool, are huge.
They would have been nigh-on impossible tasks had Declan gone, leaving the defence woefully unprotected, or if Antonio had taken his leave, depriving the midfield of anyone to realistically stick the ball in the back of the net, or if another club had snaffled the brilliant Fabianski away, leaving his net essentially open.
Keeping these lads around is just as important as bringing new players in.
Ultimately, if the starting XI can stay fit, and a couple more players can be added – the domestic window is still open, allowing the Irons to sign players from EFL clubs – the Hammers are in good shape.
Let’s forget the doom and gloom and focus on the positives, shall we?