Monday, February 05, 2007

How Good Are West Ham's New Signings?

The Daily Mirror in a scathing article on West Ham's new signings obviously feel Curbishley has made a pig's ear of the transfer window.

Admittedly Curbishley has had some bad luck with injuries to Neill and Upson but his other signings have failed to set the world alight.

Calum Davenport although at fault for the first goal in the Liverpool game has looked OK at the back and we have needed him there with injuries to Ferdinand and Gabbidon. Davenport was signed for an undisclosed fee so the jury must remain out on whether he is worth what we actually paid for him.

Nigel Quashie has looked reasonable in midfield and has got stuck in when needed to. I'm not sure he gives much more to the team than Mullins. At a cost of £1.5 million he gives West Ham other options in midfield. Verdict: a reasonable buy but was never going to be the player to keep us up.

Kepa Blanco has yet to play a full game for West Ham. In the Liverpool game he came on and scored with his first touch but against Villa he failed to make much of an impression. Kepa obviously needs decent service from the wings which is not going to happen much with West Ham's current side. However as a loan signing he looks like a good addition to the team and we have the rest of the season to see if he is worth buying.

Which leaves Luis Boa Morte. Boa Morte was also signed for an undisclosed fee but on present form what ever we paid was too much. In the last two games Boa Morte has been a passenger. Against Villa I can't remember Boa Morte successfully completing a pass and McCartney made more runs down the wing and made more crosses into the box. On present form I can't see how he is keeping Etherington out of the side. Verdict: where did we put the receipt.

Curbishley is quickly losing the support of the fans and in his defence the fans have to realise that in our present position we were never going to attract the big names to The Boleyn. However Curbishley's decision to sign players with experience of the Premiership now looks to have been a mistake. If Curbishley had looked abroad for players could he have done any worse?


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