January signings can be like a McDonalds meal!



CandH blogger Pete Ellis casts his wry eye over today’s transfer deadline day hurly burly and says: “No one ever won a title with a January signing!

Transfer Deadline Day!

In many ways it’s like the drive thru window at McDonald’s.
mcdonaldsYou eye up the menu, knowing that really, hand on heart, you don’t want or fancy any of it.
Despite this, you continue to roll up to the window, pay over the odds for something that won’t fulfil you nor satisfy and eventually you drive off in regret and shame that you started the whole sorry process.
Or am I being harsh?
January signings are usually a band aid. A quick fix to push for the holy land of the top four, or to avoid the abyss that is the Championship.
No one was ever the signing of the season in January (Roger Johnson aside of course). The man that moonwalked 50 yards versus City ….)
West Ham have got rid of a useful player in Zarate, and possibly also Jelavic, who at a reported 55k a week, will not be getting a “sorry you’re leaving card” from me.
The ins at our place are a very exciting English prospect in Sam Byram, who fitted hand in glove into the team against City, and now a Nigerian forward named Emenike.
Depending what you read, Emenike is a real catch, or a real car crash. If he plays 10 games there’s (allegedly) a clause/payment that gets triggered. Jack Sullivan has been sent to Turkey as collateral. I hope he likes tea!!
I think with the cavalry arriving in the next 10-14 days (Andy, Diafra and Manuel) these guys will make us feel like we’ve signed three new players anyway, so I don’t see the logic in doing a load of money this month, when the squad is already pretty decent.
Let’s not fall into Newcastle’s trap of paying over the odds for someone else’s squad players – £24m for Townsend and Shelvey? £21m offered for Berhinho? Any more bids like that and they’ll announce the signings on Comedy Central rather than Sky Sports!
If it works out for them and they are safe it will be hailed as a masterstroke until at least next year when the inevitable dip in form will come in and the Toon Army will ask why they are on such lucrative deals for such a long period etc.
The answer will of course be because they were purchased in January.
Well done to all at West Ham for getting their act together in the summer, and for tweaking an already great squad with a shrewd capture of a promising talent, and a (hopefully) more able back up front man than Jelavic and the Zarate kid.
I just hope Fiorentina don’t have strict security at their training ground. Zarate is not really one for giving a pass now is he…..
Bye for now, and as always…..COYI !!!



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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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

4 comments on “January signings can be like a McDonalds meal!

  1. I think if we can keep our first team and alternates fit, which would be a pleasant change, we should be good, a lot of money has been spent by those hoping to crash European places, Stoke have spent a few quid I think and Everton have tried to sign a first choice striker, its going to be a long run in now so hopefully we can win against Villa and get a result against Southampton and kick on. Will be interesting to see what happens at City now its official that Pellegrini is on his toes, in theory unless we plan to finish above them we should hope they beat everyone which will sort us out having played them twice already. With FFP the transfer deadline day is now a snorefest mostly because most clubs don’t have the wriggle room to get the best players in.

  2. Burger king is best !

  3. It’s a refreshing change for us not to sign a couple of journeyman Italians that make one or two cameo appearances and disappear off into obscurity at the end of the season. It’s clear to see that Byram is a great prospect & im glad we’ve got him in now rather than waiting for the summer. Not sure about Emenike, tbh I hope Sakho & Big Andy come back in good form & we don’t need him, just like the journeyman Italians.

  4. We have no doubt done superbly with Byram, and we’ll just have to see how good Emanike is, but considering how succcessful the Sullivan/Bilic purchasing has been, there is every chance he will work out very well too.
    I also agree that January is generally a very expensive time to buy. Where I take exception is with comments about Townsend and especially Shelvey. Frankly, I think that was brilliant business by Newcastle. Shelvey is a fantastic player; his passes can and do cut a defence to pieces. He is the reason we lost up there, and I wish he played (back) with us. He can blow hot and cold, but as he grows, he will get better and better…Still, as they sing “We’ve got Payet…”!

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