West Ham’s window problems risk panic buying


West Ham’s window problems risk panic buying

West Ham’s window problems risk panic buying writes Hughie Southon.

The club have made it clear to Claret and Hugh that they are looking in all directions for players as the injury issues and Afcon issues deepen their problems.

With no Bowen, Antonio or Kudus we are in real trouble up front given Divin Mubama’s inability to make any impression. That leaves  only Danny Ings as a sub standard option based on what we have seen so far from him. And of course he too was something of a panic winter buy.

The Hammers could hardly be in a worse position to make crucial judgements when faced with the situation as it stands.

Buying players us a scenario which demands players are carefully scouted before any major decisions are made and history shows that with only one or two exceptions this is a bad time to buy anyway.

Claret and Hugh’s blogger, top agent Barry Silkman, told us: “January reall

y is a waste of time. The players simply aren’t there to buy and strikers are the toughest to find at any time.

“It’s going to be very hard for the Hammers to finmd the players they need at this time of the year.  I believe only about three or four permanent deals were done last season with the remainder being loans.

Why the transfer system was ever changed from July to the following March, as it was a few years back, I and every manager, would like to know. It has made a total nonsense of things. Nobody can work sensibly in such a situation.”


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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!"

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