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Memories of poor Hammers transfers linger on

Back to back wins but doubts linger(Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Memories of poor Hammers transfers linger on despite the Hammers recent recovery.

Memories of poor Hammers transfers linger on

The squad and manager have silenced their doubters with back-to-back wins against Brentford and Everton, showcasing their ability to overcome adversity.
However, beneath the surface lies a lingering reminder of a transfer mis-step – Nikola Vlasic. West Ham’s recent victories highlight their resilience and the crucial role of their talented squad . They have arguably surpassed last season’s domestic performance and secured a place in the Europa League’s last 16, demonstrating their potential despite the loss of key player Declan Rice.

While the sale of Rice was a significant blow, West Ham’s reinvestments have largely paid off. New additions have contributed to their improved performance, showcasing the effectiveness of Moyes‘ transfer strategy. However, the acquisition of Nikola Vlasic stands out as a stark exception.

Despite a hefty price tag and previous Premier League experience, Vlasic failed to live up to expectations. His meagre contribution of one goal and two assists in 31 appearances fell short of justifying his playing time and high salary.
Vlasic’s transfer serves as a reminder that even with the experience of Steiden and Moyes missteps are still happening such as Ings and Cornet for example
The astronomical cost per appearance, goal, and assist associated with Vlasic paints a picture of a disappointing investment. just look at the numbers….

Per appearance  £967,000  !
Per goal £30m !
Per assist £15m  !

Data via Transfermarkt
West Ham’s recent form is a cause for optimism, but the Vlasic transfer serves as a cautionary tale. The club has shown its ability to learn from its mistakes but the memory of this costly acquisition lingers as a reminder of the inherent risks involved in the transfer market.

About Hugh5outhon1895

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

One comment on “Memories of poor Hammers transfers linger on

  1. You are right, Hugh. We could perhaps look at Bowen as a counter to that.

    Personally, I would far rather take a punt on a player from lower leagues who is hungry to prove themselves, and will be happy to wait until they do so for the big bucks.

    ‘Proven’ players coming in on big money before they’ve even kicked a ball is where the problem lies. You can get rid of a Sam Baldock relatively easily if he doesn’t make it, but the cost of getting rid of a Nicola Vlasic is huge.

    The ‘uncut gems’ approach, for me, is the right one. Reward those who prove themselves. Then invest the surplus from lower (saved) transfer fees into expanding the capacity of our scouting network – arguably a just-as-important team at the club).

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