David Sullivan has tipped Arthus Masuaku and Edmilson Fernandez to come good this season.
And he has admitted that he has been under intense pressure to get the transfer window right this summer after last year’s horror show.
He admitted: “Yes there was a lot of pressure but in Masuaku and Fernandez who cost around £5 million each we have two players who I really think will come good this season.”
Speaking to talkSPORT the co chairman confirmed CandH’s story from earlier today that Diafra Sakho is looking in top shape this summer.
He said: “Mr Sakho is looking very good and that would make a huge difference to our season but we need luck with injuries.
“In Hernandez I think we have signed the best striker in our time at the club and indeed in modern West Ham times.. On top of that he’s a lovely lovely person.
“We were lucky he only had a year left on his deal. We tried hard for him two years ago and this year it’s been going on all summer. We’re delighted to have got him.”
Oh dear Mr S. ‘Mr Sakho’ will throw a hissy fit when he reads that. AC is quoted as saying ‘He’s a bonny lad,but he looks a bit small to me for a striker like’.
Any news on Carroll ? .
Still having physio to build up muscles.
I fear another Christmas Carroll.
Theres a young lad playing for Ajax called Kasper Dolberg. Well worth a look.16 goals in 29 appearances, only 19 .
I’m not sure I would call last summers transfer window a ‘horror show’?
OK, so the summer of 16 was occupied by attempts to bring in a ‘top’ striker (Lacazette/Bacca/Bat****) but given they were being pursued by clubs in European football with huge wage demands, I’m not convinced the Board did a bad job.
They reduced the clubs risk on 3 unknowns (Tore, Calleri and Zaza) by signing loan to buys options, which is shrewd business, saving the club upwards of £30mil in fees and contracts on donkey players……
Masuaku, Fernandez were ones for the future, so less expectations?
Ayew has been a valuable asset when healthy and Feghouli looked good in pre-season until injury took his sharpness and fitness, and even he split the fans on his contribution…
Overall the Daves have ben the best owners at WHU since the Cearns…period!
I heard David Sullivan this morning, the thing that stuck in my mind was when Jim White started to talk about how many strikers the Club had brought under the Gold/Sullivan regime – I think they said it was 20 – Sullivan immediately went on the defensive saying that bringing up this subject was ‘extremely unfair’ and stressing that Mido was brought in at £1000 a week and £5000 per appearance and that at that money ‘he was worth a punt’ – I didn’t understand the point he was making, it seemed to me he was being extremely defensive about a touchy subject, they’ve bought some right dross over the years and he should be embarrassed about a lot of them!
Well,looks like the honeymoon’s over. Back to bashing the board again. Didn’t last long did it?
There will be more bashings to come after the first three games – all away – if West Ham lose as many as two of them! Three weeks ago the club was under fire from too many fans because on a perceived inactivity in the transfer window (and even before it had opened.) What we now know is that work was being done to sign the excellent players transferred to us in the past week.
I think some patience is needed particularly as the new players can’t all be expected to hit the ground running. Last season West Ham were 18th after six games, yet they recovered to mid table by Boxing Day, where they eventually finished despite the second bad run (again, due to massive injuries) The number of those injuries was our biggest problem last year. Not Payet, or the poor signings ….and not the new stadium (Though none of them exactly helped our cause.) Slaven wasn’t to blame for any of the problems, yet too many were calling for him to be replaced during October and March. We have a greatly improved squad now, and I think the team will surprise us again like two years ago. There will be times when we need to be patient though.