West Ham United was not one of the most active teams in the January transfer window but they did make quite a few important moves that could define their seasons. So let’s take a look at the moves that were made and rank West Ham’s transfer window out of10.
New Hammer Arrivals
Only four players were brought in to West Ham during the January transfer window. We’ll start with the arrivals that will have the least amount of impact. Winston Reid rejoined the club after spending some time on loan at Sporting KC (Spoiler: he will be featured in the next section as well).
Frederik Alves joined in a move that will be seen as one for the future as he has limited experience and is still young. Jesse Lingard has made a move from Man United over to West Ham on loan. This could be a shrewd signing for West Ham as they look to give their team a boost on the cheap. If Lingard can find his footing quickly this will be a big move for West Ham.
Has already set the bar high with him hitting a brace on his debut for the Hammers, helping them to a 1-3 win over Aston Villa in Machtcay 22 midweek Premier League action.
Finally, the most important move of the January transfer window. West Ham made the loan move for Saïd Benrahma permanent for around 25 million. Benrahma is an important player for West Ham so making his move permanent will be important for West Ham both now and in the future.
West Ham Departures
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As promised, the first player we will mention is Winston Reid. In truth, Reid hasn’t been an important player for some time. At this point, he is a veteran depth player at most. Loaning him back out, to Brentford this time, will have very little impact on West Ham.
The next departure was Robert Snodgrass leaving for a minimal fee to West Brom. Similar to Reid, at this point, Snodgrass is nothing more than a depth option off the bench. The main transfer out of the club was Sébastien Haller to Ajax.
Haller joined West Ham not long ago in a big-money move from Germany. He was expected to be the focal point of the attack for West Ham. But unfortunately he never really lived up to the price tag and now finds himself at Ajax.
This poor form, unfortunately, forced West Ham to sell Haller for significantly less than they had paid. West Ham’s transfer window didn’t see too many departures overall, but there were clearly some significant ones as well.
Ranking West Ham’s Transfer Window
Overall, the East London club did a pretty good job during the transfer window but when ranking their transfer window it feels like they could have done a bit more.
They had been linked frequently with striker options throughout January but they failed to bring anyone in before the window shut. So they are unfortunately left with a bit of a hole in that striker spot after Haller’s departure.
Hopefully, Lingard and Benrahma can pick up the slack when it comes to scoring goals. Other than that, there isn’t too much to be angry about in terms of West Ham’s transfer window. For that reason, West Ham are going to get an average 7/10 ranking.