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Irons “fell between two stools”

LeroyWest Ham have fallen between two stools after a frenetic transfer window this summer.

That’s the view of ClaretandHugh’s chief analyst Leroy Rosenior who believes that the club would have been better off bringing in four or five quality signings rather the the 11 or 12 who have arrived.

And he reckons the influx took place as a direct result of placing too much emphasis on a Europa Cup campaign.

He said: “It appeared clear that was the idea – to compete on both fronts – when personally I believed it should all be about the Premier League and treating the Euro campaign as a bonus.

“We had an excellent squad anyway and introducing another 11 or 12 was always going to be difficult. Absorbing that number of players into a successful operation is always a problem.

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“Now with us out of Europe there will be a lot of players who will be unable to get much match action and that won’t be good for morale and there will be some dead wood in the squad.”


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9 comments on “Irons “fell between two stools”

  1. I think we Panicked when they could not buy there all start striker,
    We needed RB and RCH cover and never got round to address that,we covered Cressie very quickly,
    Saying that I think Faggouli and Norveld were great freebies,
    Zaza,Calleri and Ayew are good signings also,
    Tore looks a waste but we will see its early days
    Mazurka looks a good signing at what ever price,
    Fletcher,Martinez,Quina and Fernandez look great for the future,
    But with Only Biggins Tomo and Poyet going and Moses,Emineke going back that does not actually look over kill only 1 extra player ops JOB went as well so in fact allowing the youngsters time will come we have more or less the same size squad
    Allowing for our shocking injury record we will need all of Them

  2. Lol Mazurka… haha… number 1 bubs 😉

  3. We’ve made some great signings. I wouldn’t be so quick to write them off. Some of them haven’t even played yet. These are still much higher quality players than some of those we’ve had in the past. we are only dissapointed because our expectations were raised. we were all expecting one or two world class marquee signings but it never happened. Even so i think in terms of quality and strength in depth we now have the best West Ham squad probably of all time.

  4. I think some of the signings are really good; I’m OK with them.
    Frankly, I am more concerned that Slav’s decision making has been deeply and inexplicably/strangely flawed… The Antonio RB affair, putting on strikers v Watford when it was clearly a midfield problem of shoring up the defence (eg with Obiang) and dare I say it, taking off misfiring Payet, and gone-missing Kouyate (maybe suffering from severe knock in 1st half)….. Making our best goalscorer right back when we desperately needed goals??
    Come on….tell me I’ve got it all wrong and explain why; I want to be wrong!!

  5. Er, why have you deleted my comment? Surely it wasn’t just because I pointed out that there’s no such phrase as ‘caught between two stalls’. You can’t be that pathetic, can you?
    I see that you’ve now corrected it.

  6. I don’t think the signings are bad, besides that between the ins and outs, we got the numbers more or less right. Did we think we were going to need a thicker squad because of Europe ? probably. But this is the typical “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation, isn’t it ?

    Either way, I agree with fish n chips. The challenge is going to be one of team and man management. Slaven hasn’t been very on point yet this season. Patience….

  7. Oh my, I’ve been trolled… How exciting!!!

    • Being trolled by FishnChips doesn’t count.He is a just a mental case with multiple characters on here.He is probably going to come on later & talk to himself with another of his accounts.Comeththe Moment will probably reappear lmao

  8. You got some front FishnChips/Comeththe moment.Thought you would have been back in your hole after being shown up to be the sh1t stirrer you really are!

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