How West Ham’s New Signings Will Benefit West Ham Next Season

How West Ham’s New Signings Will Benefit West Ham Next Season
Jul 24, 2017

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West Ham have made four signings so far this summer and all four will be expected to make an immediate impact in the starting XI next season. Each player brings a few different qualities to the table that should see the Irons improve a significant amount this season after what seems to be a great transfer window on paper. Here’s what all four of the Hammers new additions will bring next season.

Pablo Zabaleta:

Pablo Zabaleta was David Sullivan’s first piece of business this summer and was completed before the window even opened. The Argentinian right back will be a breath of fresh air for West Ham, as the club seem to have finally solved their right-back problem with this signing.

The former Manchester City man will bring plenty of experience with him to East London, which will help the team both on and off the pitch. Hammers fans will hope that their new right back can mentor Sam Byram and hopefully turn him into the right-back of the future for Slaven Bilić and co. On top of this experience, West Ham’s new number 5 is a natural leader. Last season, the Hammers lacked many leaders outside of Mark Noble, so having another leader like Zabaleta on the pitched will be welcomed with open arms. Perhaps most importantly though, the 32-year-old brings a solid defensive ability to an area West Ham have been lacking in it for years.

Joe Hart:

About a month and a half later, David Sullivan finally made his second signing of the summer, that signing being no other than England’s number one, Joe Hart. Hart, like Zabaleta, will bring leadership to East London that the Hammers seemed to lack over the course of the 2016/17 campaign. The England international knows how to control a defence as good as anyone else in the league. Organisation at the back is something the Irons sorely missed last season, and Hart will be looking to do all he can to help in that department.

The English goalkeeper will also bring his superb shot stopping ability with him to the London Stadium. Hart will hope to showcase this ability in order to earn a permanent contract with the club after his loan deal expires next summer. Last but not least, Manchester City’s former number one will bring a lively personality to the changing room, which will be great for team spirit.

Marko Arnautović:

West Ham’s new record signing of up to £25m will be hoping to impress in his first season with the Hammers. The Austrian winger figures to slot in on the left, alongside the dynamic duo of Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio. Arnautović will offer a second quality source of creativity besides Lanzini, which West Ham have desperately needed since the departure of Dimitri Payet in January.

“Arnie” will be a powerful force down the wing for the Irons, and should compliment the likes of Lanzini and Antonio extremely well. The 28-year-old brings a cannon of a right-foot to a club that could use a player willing to test the keeper from distance from time to time. Arnautović had the most contributed to more goals in his time at Stoke than any other player at the club, and Hammers fans will be hoping he brings the same contribution with him to East London.

Javier “Chicharito” Hernández:

Chicharito is the striker that West Ham feel they have been lacking for all of these years. In Sullivan’s time at the club, he has bought 31 strikers, with 20 of them failing to score more than three goals. The signing of Hernández almost feels like a blessing to the club from East London, as they haven’t had a goalscorer of his quality since Carlos Tevez left the club in July 2007.

The Mexican superstar brings clinical finishing to a club that hasn’t seen it in over 10 years. The club, along with the fans, couldn’t be more excited to see him joining. Chicharito has an eye for goal like no other striker. The 29-year-old always seems to be in the right place at the right time, always ready to tuck away the easy tap-in. Hernández is a true poacher and brings a Premier League goal scoring record to the London Stadium that West Ham fans have never seen at their club. The former Manchester United star has the fifth highest minutes-per-goal rate in Premier League history (min. 20 goals), with 130 minutes-per-goal. The Hammers will be expecting big things from their marquee man, and many expect him to deliver in a big way.

  1. Thanks Jack. Great summary of who is coming our way. I’m very hopeful of our chances

  2. Mary O'rourke says:

    Let’s hope

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