It was interesting to read the comments from Ex-whuEmployee in the column below, but not totally surprising. Ex has suggested that future Hammers recruitment will focus more on domestic based players due to the failure of some of West Ham’s more recent foreign signings.
Since November it’s been leaked that any potentially managerial replacements for David Moyes would need to have Premier League experience, so it’s easy to see why this policy would be broadened to include player recruitment too.
I find the whole thing a preposterous admission of our clubs inability to successfully scout overseas. However the solution to the problem is far worse than the actual problem itself.
If the article is true then the clubs answer is to give up. Rather than expand the scouting department and hire staff who have an encyclopedic knowledge of football overseas, West Ham are going to stick with buying from the Championship apparently.
Clearly it’s not enough to have one hand tied behind our backs and surrender advantage to our rivals whilst recruiting managers. We’re now going to overlook up and coming talent overseas rather than identify it.
Wilfried Gnonto has been a sensation for Leeds this season, but was plucked from relative obscurity from FC Zürich. West Ham should be actively searching for players such as this rather than closing off the possibility.
What of Declan Rice’s replacement? Moisés Caicedo is as good a choice as any to replace our captain but would cost at least £70m now. Brighton purchased him for £5m from Independiente because of good scouting and decision making. To deny ourselves the chance of buying foreign players is crazy.
Just when I thought our recruitment couldn’t get any worse at West Ham it appears we’re about to take two steps back and none forward.