With the summer transfer window slammed shut, we take a look at West Ham’s three newest signings ahead of their potential debuts this weekend.
As well as the arrival of goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, on loan from PSG, west Ham made three more signings in the final week of the window.
Kurt Zouma arrived from Chelsea, Nikola Vlasic signed from CSKA Moscow and Alex Kral joined from Spartak Moscow on loan.
West Ham World takes a look at these three signings and see how they could fit in with the Hammers.
Zouma’s arrival from Chelsea for £29million could be West Ham’s most exciting signing this summer. The France international will bring some much-needed Premier League and European experience to the squad.
The two-time league Premier League champion and Champions League winner has excelled and improved over the past couple of years. His departure from Chelsea is West Ham’s gain and now we have much more squad depth.
A centre-back was needed in our squad, given that we have started the season poor defensively. Zouma’s agility, physicality and aerial presence could prove vital for the upcoming season.
It seems like this transfer will be money well spent and Zouma should be a player that will see in lots of action in a claret and blue shirt.
The £25million signing of Vlasic from CSKA Moscow looks set to be a great steal for the Hammers. The former Everton man’s time in the Premier League was not successful last time out, but he has improved a lot during his time away.
The 23-year-old has scored 33 goals and produced 20 assists over three seasons in Russia and is also an integral player for the Croatian national team.
Vlasic is a strong and versatile playmaker, that will work hard and make good runs. On top of that, he is also very technically gifted and will hopefully provide lots of goal contributions for the club.
Although we now have a number of players that can play in his position, his arrival adds depth to the squad ahead of a physically demanding campaign.
Whether he will be able to readjust to the Premier League is yet to be known, considering how his previous spell with Everton went, but Vlasic possesses the quality to have a big future ahead of him.
Spartak Moscow defensive midfielder Alex Kral arrives at West Ham on a season-long loan deal for the season.
Kral’s arrival brings mixed reviews from the fanbase, with many having watched his performances in this year’s Euros for Czech Republic.
Having said that, the 23-year-old does bring a lot of promise to the club and will provide good support for our two starting midfielders, Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek.
Last season he averaged 1.5 tackles, 1.8 interceptions and made five assists for Spartak, which shows a good level of potential for the future.
His Czech Republic roots should also help him fit in with his national side’s teammates Soucek and Vladimir Coufal, so hopefully, he will be a good addition to the squad and overcome any difficulties in the beginning.