Written by Katie S @ Flump 9
Well another day and yet another twitter meltdown from the West Ham fan base, but I can’t help but agree with how they are feeling. The rumours of Bilic not wanting Iheanacho, because he is unproven and the worry that Everton will beat us to another transfer target, it is all just too familiar and we desperately want and need change.
Okay, I’m not panicking yet, as we all know anything can happen, even on the last day of the transfer window. However, we also know that you can be told not to go to bed and stay up awaiting a transfer deal, for nothing to materialise and be left hugely disappointed!
Having said all of this, what concerns me more than anything is the lack of consistency when it comes to our transfer policy. It is pretty evident for everyone to see that the board and Bilic don’t agree on potential targets, we only have to look at Tore and Zaza. For me this is a massive cause for concern and something that has got to be worked on.
I don’t claim to be a football expert and I can’t say that I know enough about Iheanacho to really state whether Bilic is right or wrong in his reasons for not wanting to sign him, but surely stating that he is unproven and a gamble is crazy. Most of West Ham’s recent signings have been unproven, some of which have been successful and others simply disastrous. It is a gamble that you either choose to take or don’t, but if he was that much of a gamble, why would Manchester City fight so hard for a buy-back clause? If it is true that we want Gray but not Iheanacho, it is madness and once again contradicts some of Bilic’s decisions! Where is the consistency in our transfer policy approach for players?
If we don’t sign Iheanacho, I will be disappointed but not devastated (I know I have mentioned his name a lot for someone who says they aren’t devastated). Like I have said above, for me it isn’t about Iheanacho specifically, it is the worrying and inconsistent approach that we seem to take season after season.
Will this transfer window be any different to those we are used to, or will it be yet more disappointment and frustration with the board and Bilic himself? I really hope this summer is different, but I can’t help but sense that the same familiar signs are there and it is going to be a tough window. I just want West Ham to sort out their transfer policy and ensure that everyone is working together towards the same target, something has got to change.
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That’s always assuming that Bilic did actually change his mind and didn’t actually want Iheanacho in the first place. Could it be that our chairman is telling porkies to deflect blame for a striker that he never intended to sign and is about to join Leicester…
It’s the same story! Absolutely pathetic!! Why not just come out and say we ain’t got the funds to purchase these players!! It’s embarrassing and we’re becoming fed up with it all!! Add the buy back fee! He’s too good a player to miss out on!!! When will we sign this “marquee” striker?? We need another playmaker to help lanzini and we need a decent right back and winger!! Stop loaning Burke and oxford out, drop fonte on his head and start letting the youth get their chance!! Let’s be the “academy of football” again and show the world that our young players are not just wasted talents!!
I like how you talk about Bilic and the transfer policy. Mentioning Tore and Zaza, but no mention of the garbage players your mate Sully has brought in (Calleri, Mido, Petric etc).
Who do you think wrote this article?
No he has no knowledge of it neither does the author speak to him?!
Then he would resign surely willtell and tell the fans. It’s making his position untenable surely. It’s simple for me. Have a transfer meeting, ALL agree, write a list, decide on priorities and go in hard. Show intent, pay the extra 5 million. This is so damaging. Zab could have spent weeks persuading him, we kick Leicester into touch and they move on and we pull out? Unless we have a tevez moment on the cards I think this is a disgrace to be honest
Is this comment about Iheanacho being unproven really true.?. And if it was ,why were we tracking him for so long?. If he were “proven” his price tag would be considerably more.in any case. This situation looks bad from a fans point of view and looks like a breakdown if interclub communications.
Billic might have a point. Let’s be honest, Silva, De Bruyne, Sane, Yaya Toure etc could set up/assist pub team strikers and make them look good