West Ham’s transfer business has done a u-turn during David Moyes’ second spell in charge.
Whether they were on loan or on a permanent transfer, each and every West Ham signing during the 2020/21 season has been a success.
But in which order have they ranked best, based on their impact on the team and in order of importance to the team? We rank our five major signings so far this season, to see which players have performed the best and why…
5. Jesse Lingard (on loan from Manchester United)
The main reason why Jesse Lingard is bottom of this list, is simply because of his lack of games for West Ham so far. He only signed on loan from Manchester United in January and has since gone on to feature three times for the club.
However, if we reviewed this at the end of the season then Jesse may be further along. He has come into the team and made an immediate impact, scoring twice on his debut against Aston Villa.
His performances and adaptability have put him into the starting XI instantly, and hopefully, he can continue to re-ignite his career with the Hammers. A potential permanent deal in the summer should definitely be considered.
4. Said Benrahma (£20m from Brentford)
Algerian playmaker Said Benrahma has also been a brilliant and creative signing this season. Despite not having scored yet, he has produced four assists in the league and continues to provide for his teammates.
The 25-year-old’s attacking flair makes the team tick going forward. He averages at least one key pass per game and allows us to play more free-flowing football.
His lack of game time has only seen him start nine times this season but when he does play he makes an immediate impact. We made his loan deal permanent in January, and there is definitely a big future ahead for him in claret and blue.
3. Craig Dawson (On loan from Watford)
After arriving on loan from Watford in this summer’s transfer window, Craig Dawson found it difficult to break into the starting XI.
However, the 30-year-old put in a man-of-the-match performance on his debut against Southampton in December – and hasn’t looked back since.
He has now started 11 matches in all competitions, keeping six clean sheets and scoring three goals. Dawson has been a defensive rock for us and has developed a formidable partnership with Angelo Ogbonna.
His work rate, passion and displays on the pitch have proved to David Moyes that he deserves a permanent transfer this summer – in the hope that he can continue playing remarkably for us.
2. Vladimir Coufal (£5.5m from Slavia Prague)
One of two signing’s from Slavia Prague this season was Czech Republic international Vladimir Coufal. After arriving for £5.5m in October, the 28-year-old has filled a long-lasting gap in the right back position.
Coufal hasn’t put a foot wrong all season, and has proved to be effective both defensively and offensively. He has helped the team keep seven clean sheets this year and has helped himself to three assists as well.
Since Pablo Zabaleta departed the club, we have needed a long-term replacement at right back. Ryan Fredericks has suffered with injuries, but luckily Coufal has made an immediate impact since his arrival.
His strength, confidence and discipline make him stand out and, like our other signing from Slavia Prague, he has proved to be a real bargain.
1. Tomas Soucek (£19m from Slavia Prague)
Our best signing so far this season has easily been Tomas Soucek on a permanent transfer from Slavia Prague. He initially joined on loan last January, helping the club steer away from the relegation zone.
His hard work and good performances were rewarded with a £20m move in the summer, and he has reached new heights this season.
Not only is Soucek part of a spectacular defensive midfield duo with Declan Rice, but he has been one of our most influential players.
The 25-year-old has started all 24 league games so far, scoring an incredible eight goals – making him our top scorer this season – all from a defensive midfield position.
We will have to be wary of potential interest from other clubs, because he if he keeps playing like he is then he could start attracting attention from Europe’s elite in the summer.