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Irons signings: It’s time to show more patience

Fans are sometimes very quick to find scapegoats and write players off quickly.

We’re all guilty and  Nikola Vlasic is the latest to find himself being questioned after performances which thus far have lacked serious impact and saw him make an error that led to a goal against Leeds.

Some still have question marks over Said Benrahma after some frustratingly inconsistent performances and the same criticism was directed at Jarrod Bowen at times last season.

Regular CandH follower ljd1980 is unhappy that people’s patience is so limited and says: “Surely we’ve got to give Head of Recruitment Rob Newman and Nikola Vlasic time.

Newman can only identify players for the manager and the Board. Then, of course, before we can sign an identified player, there’s the inconvenience of that player being under contract elsewhere.

We’ve got absolutely no idea what’s going on behind the scenes between Newman, Moyes and the Board, and no idea what is being negotiated with other clubs that may want to hang on to their player until they sign a replacement.

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Vlasic has been with us for just a few months and hasn’t had much PL game time. I always liked the logic of Arsene Wenger – a manager, let’s not forget, that won more trophies than West Ham has in its entire history – which was to give a player a season or so to get used to the PL.

Let’s do the same with Vlasic and give him some time, rather than consign him to the same pile as Anderson before he’s had a fair go.

The fact that some recent signings (e.g. Soucek) haven’t needed that time doesn’t mean that all players have stopped needing a bedding in period.

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5 comments on “Irons signings: It’s time to show more patience

  1. Agree on the patience front, personally am pretty happy with Vlasic and Benrahma, they are growing each game.

    Who I am losing patience with is Moyes and his recruitment policy, this isn’t a new thing so it is obviously a character trait and mgmt wise he has done a fantastic job but recruitment wise, he doesn’t appear to have targets lined up or if he does he doesn’t seem prepared for the chairmen to pay the market rate for them.

    If something isn’t working, it’s time to try something different to see if it works better, he should imho try a different strategy to get players in.

  2. Only a game or two ago people were saying how good Vlasic was. I think you can tell he’s a player. Didn’t turn up in the last game, looked tired or as if he was carrying a knock or something but this is a player who was mostly sat on the bench suddenly being asked to play three games in a week. I like Vlasic. I think there’s more to come from him.

  3. Luckily, I pay Very LITTLE attention to ANY of the transfer rumours, therefore I can retain my SANITY.

    From my perspective, not only do we have the manager which this club had needed forever, but he is also responsible for the WHOLE current structure of the club which was in the dark ages before he took over.

    For some of our finest, we are one LOSS away from absolute mayhem, this is absolute nonsense and I avoid this nonsense as I do some of the rabid mainstream news media.

  4. Agree to show patience and give game time to new players – that was given to Benrahma who struggled to start with. I like Vlasic and think he is a player – lobbing him into 3 games was a bit heavy from 10 minute sub-ons. Give him time, a game function and encouragement. First to be subbed all the time is a grinder.

  5. What I have lost patience with is the moronic speculation that has linked us with every striker from Arthur Scargill to the side of a box of matches. Please members of the press and those that could only wish they were called journalists, stop with the click bait head lines, and meaning less column inches. When there is news, report it, but until then keep quiet and stop giving the rumour mill an audience. And yes thumbs up for Vlasic. Against Leeds the whole team looked leggy and a yard off the pace. Even Rice made a few uncharactistic mistakes. We were particularly poor at winning the second ball and across the team our first touch and close control was missing. And credit has to go Leeds who refused to let us settle from the first whistle.

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