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Spurs horror season may deliver a West Ham warning

Back before the 2013/14 season, Spurs sold Gareth Bale and went on to buy seven new players.

They bought Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Roberto Soldado, Etienne Capoue and Vlad Chiriches and everything unravelled.

Not only did they lose twice to the Hammers – they were beaten 3-0 at White Hart Lane thanks to a Ravel Morrison masterclass – and were thumped 5-0 by Liverpool, 6-1 by Manchester City and 4-0 by Chelsea. It was a disaster of a season, really, and their new signings all struggled to bed in.

Why do we bring it up? West Ham need about seven new players this summer. Nayef Aguerd has come in thus far but there is a requirement to buy a new striker, at least one new winger, a new left-back, a new goalkeeper, and potentially three central midfielders, especially if Tomas Soucek moves on.

Are the alarm bells ringing yet?

We don’t mean to continually bang the drum that this season is going to be troublesome and at the end of the window we may look at the Hammers’ business and think that we’ve absolutely nailed it.

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But there is always a problem when  bedding players in, and ensuring that they get the time they need to thrive. You can’t expect a much-changed squad to settle straight away.

It’s also an absolutely huge ask to identify those players and get them in ahead of pre-season.

We’re just a little bit concerned that seven new players or so is too much too soon and that part of the issue might have been sorted earlier.

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A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

9 comments on “Spurs horror season may deliver a West Ham warning

  1. I’ve also been thinking a fair but about that scenario. Out of the players Spurs bought, there were mostly midfielders, and Erikson was by far the biggest success. He was also one of the cheapest ones of the lot. We did a “Spurs lite” with Pellegrini, and we all know how that worked. Moyes is better at managing a smaller squad with little rotation, so perhaps 6-7 new players is too much? A striker, left back and CM in addition to Ariola might be a better way to go for us at this point in time (not including Areola in the “new” category)

  2. Spurs did end up in the CL final a few short years later, though! Do we not just need to relax and see what happens, rather than keep banging on about what’s happened in the past, if the accusation here is that Moyes and team should’ve thought about avoiding a situation where seven players needed to be brought in in one window? Right now, I’d take a disastrous season or two, if, ultimately, West Ham got into the CL final. At the end of the 2109/20 season, Moyes gave one of the best interviews given by any serving West Ham manager since 1989. In it, he said two things of note: 1) West Ham need to stop over-promising and under-delivering, and; 2) There will be a few bumps along the road to where Moyes wants to get to at the club. The second of those points is noteworthy here. Since then, there have been no bumps in the road, in terms of on-the-field performance. It’s been a case of spectacular improvement and then consolidation. Perhaps we need to get ready for a bump in the road. Would a bump in the road be so bad, if, in the longer term – just like Spurs – we end up in much-improved position?

    • We should have been reinforcing before now in my view for the reasons given. Bumps in the road should be avoided if at all possible. Anything else can be down to poor driving if you accept the analogy.

    • ljd1980, I agree with you. The spuds went for the typical spud scattergun approach (they’ve been doing this for years).
      Many of us supporters at this stage understand Moyes’s methods and I can’t really see any comparison between us and the spuds.

  3. Here’s the real worry: until now, we have had the expert skills of Nobes to take new players under his wing and help them bed in. His genuine wish to help players and be-friend them will be sorely missed. In fact, that would be a great new role for Mr West Ham.

  4. I think the biggest concern is they sold Bale to buy 7 who from our squad is being sold to fund our foray ?

    Also does anyone believe we will get those deals done ? We have only signed one player so far with many more departing already.

  5. It concerns me more the amount of players we might lose, Noble, Fredericks, Yarmolenko, Vlasic, masuaku all rumoured to be going. If they all go were five players down at least on last year from what was already a really thin squad compared to most premier league teams, so yes Hugh was right when he said we needed to bring players in earlier. Now it’s going to be a big turnover all at once and could well have an unsettling effect on the team.

  6. Those Spurs signings were an odd bunch as far as I could see who didn’t fit together. We need players but I think Moyes does his due diligence on whether a player fits in with the squad character-wise. Even if Vlasic didn’t perform on the pitch the way it was hoped – I don’t think he has enough of a chance myself – but there were no reports on C&H of him not fitting in with the squad. Plus Moyes does tend to bed players into the squad first and ease them into the starting eleven slowly. We need more strength in depth, particularly up front, and we need to keep Soucek. Declan will probably leave next summer and it would be crazy to lose the last 2 HOTY’s within the same 12 month period. And Lingard’s expensive ship has sailed. I’m encouraged with what Aguerd has said in interview, so more of the same as far as I am concerned.

  7. We have one BIG problem with regards to transfers & that is Moyes………….
    The man is a disaster every transfer window

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