Patience a virtue in transfer time warp

Kouyate_3191406I’m in the mood for a little analytical thinking as result of a rare visit to Twitterland!

I’d barely cast my eyes over the first few posts when it became clear that I’d either entered a time machine or some people were stuck in a transfer market time warp of their own.

The responses were all so familiar as I read such as :

O I’m already fed up of this transfer window

O no new blood then! Same old same oldย 

cresswell-aaron-cresswell-west-ham-west-ham-v-tottenham_3192011O we need to be beefing up our squad Hugh! Need at least 5 more 1st teamers

O it’s all gone quiet, the owners need to get their fingers out.

These are exactly the same impatient outbursts as we were reading last summer before we enjoyed one of the busiest transfer windows ever with eventually eight new faces arriving.

Never mind that there is still nine days before the window actually opens or that the vast number of players supposedly joining us are all off the top of journalists’ heads. Apparently to some, we are dragging our feet and (stamps foot) it’s just not good enough.

diafra-sakho-542296Names appear out of nowhere in the media and overnight fans who take such stories seriously are disappointed when nothing happens whereupon the owners get the rough end for a “lack of activity.”

All a bit illogical but born out of an understandable passion for the club.

Fact is ย 80 per cent of the players that eventually arrive have been followed for several months and talks initiated with agents and clubs some time back. The first choices are talked to and hopefully accept terms. If not we go to the back-up lists.

It’s a cast iron certainty that we are moving heaven and earth to bring in Dimitri Payet and are likely to re-sign Carl Jenkinson. Alex Song is a tad more problematical.

There are others we are trying to get in but it’s hardly reasonableย to become impatient, angry and upset because nothing has happened by June 23.

There’s a transfer fee to agree, there are players terms to settle, agents to sort out and the ever present danger of counter bids being made which must looked at.

That we brought in quality players like Aaron Cresswell, Diafra Sakho and Chiek Kouyate last summer is a demonstration that the club does its homework well and negotiates hard.

So to those who are getting a bit hot under the collar may I just say…patience is a virtue people. All will be well.


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

21 comments on “Patience a virtue in transfer time warp

  1. That fine Hugh but it works both ways!!Maybe if they didnt keep posting bs about transfers in the next few day or in this coming week people would be patient!! They feed the frezny with their stupid Official Site ITK & Jacks dopey twitter comments!! Of which another has appeared about a new p!ayer soon!!

  2. Completely agree Mouse.They have over the last few weeks been telling us through Jack or even Sully a couple of times about signings.Three weeks this rubbish has gone on,if nothing was said no one would have the hump when nothing happens.Most even minded people know how the system works.But why do they keep releasing media comments if there is actually no basis to it!!

  3. I agree with Hugh and danger,it’s way too early to be panicking and making accusations against the board but they and their connections should rein it in in until the right time.
    I remembered six last night but left out Morgan and Mauro from what was a great window,think I’m getting old I’ll be ranting like Hearn soon lol

  4. Well.. I’m not the least annoyed yet. But i have to wonder if some fans in here are poshy spoiled west-enders, because I’ve never seen people moan and complain to this degree anywhere. Did we get relegated or something?? Did we just sell some important player?

    If you’re feeling this bad about everything, maybe a few days break from the internet would do you good. And i’m not talking about you Dangermouse.

    We just got a great manager, who got back from vacation YESTERDAY. I’m happy they actually wait for him, so that it is HE who actually has the biggest say on who comes in. It’s HIM who judges our current squad and decides who’s not good enough.

    Time to hit the beach, or go fishin… do something else than constantly hitting tje reload page button. I did for many days, and it drove me crazy. Come back when the window is actually open, or at least judge them when july is gone.

    ..and be glad the daves didn’t renew Sam’s contract when we were 4th at christmas!!

    • Haha you must be eriko the red launching a Viking raid against the C&H poshy spoilt westenders,like Rads said though beware the rabid dogs lol.
      Apart from telling the Daves to be quiet I agree with you totally.

  5. Lol,well im abstaining from any transfer gossip as i did with the manager gossip:D I wouldnt call the guys on here poshy spoilt westenders though Eriko.Have you never heard of ‘Hughs Rabid Dogs’,haha you are going to get some now im sure ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Bahahaha,Westend posh spoilt whats?ffs,you must have been coming here for a longtime then Eriko.What a load of old sh*t,haha ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. I agree with Mouse. If the club stopped coming out with talk of imminent arrivals half of the frustration could be avoided. The official site is better off saying nothing until deals are done. No more ITK columns.

  8. Oh yes,one loves a little caviar when ones returns from the opera on a beautiful sunny summers eve.One sits back listening to some Beethoven with my Labrador loyally sat at my feet ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Well its simple,if they didnt have these twitter/social media forays with these expectant posts no one would be p*ssed off when nothing happens because no one would expecting anything to be happening in the first place
    As for being a spoilt posh westender,lol,i wish,i would have more dougn then!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. My blood sugars went a little bit low for a minute, but what the heck.. I can take some stick in here for being over the edge, as long as you don’t take me all that seriously ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Lol,by the way lads,dont forget the pre-match cocktails party next thursday.Tuxedo optional but would be preferred ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Lmao,i was watching the cricket with this site open.I flicked through the comments & saw something about posh spoilt westenders & i couldnt stop laughing,haha,never been called that before,haha ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. If the ‘window’ doesn’t open for nine days how did we sign Obiang?

    Just asking!

  14. Bit of a mystery and he’s not the only one but I think they either can’t be registered or can’t play until July 1st. Makes a mockery of it all really.

  15. Because you can still ‘sign’ players so to speak.They just dont officially join us till July the 1st.

  16. I miss the Ravel stories! :p #coyi

  17. When certain players have been talked up as virtually a done deal since the season ended, then it does become a long time when nothing happens.
    The problem is, that all the WH sites, including this one have been talking about imminent deals for weeks and weeks, so you shouldn’t be surprised at peoples reaction.

  18. Wouldn’t the transfer window be boring if the papers and media only told the truth. What would sky sports news do on transfer deadline day. Jim White would be out of a job. Personally I think the whole transfer rumour is a game and can be entertaining at times.

    However for every player we sign I bet we have scouted 50 more. I think a lot of the times there is a small link with the player such as he has been scouted but often this scouting visits are ex

  19. Dont really get why last summer was seen a such a sucessful window!!These players got us to one place better off this season & 3 wins in 21!!Dont make them such amazing players in my book!!Just Saying!!!

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