A Good Transfer Window for West Ham
When West Ham were relegated I suspect most fans expected that the club would off-load Upson, Parker, Cole and Green. It is something of a success then to have come through the transfer window having retained Cole and Green.
Matthew Upson had made his intentions to move on pretty clear early last season by refusing to sign a new contract so it was almost inevitable that he would leave the club. Scott Parker is the obvious big loss to the club during this window but that aside I think we have actually entered the new season with a stronger squad.
The departures of Hines and Stanilas are a disappointment but if the club had to offload some of the home grown talent I'm glad it was Hines and Stanislas rather than Noble, Tomkins or Collison.
Nolan and Taylor already seem to have strengthened the West Ham first eleven and the capture on loan of David Bentley means that West Ham for the first time in a few seasons look to have a very balanced team with good crossers of the ball on both wings.
McCartney has been a great buy, particularly as Ilunga made a number of costly mistakes in West Ham's opening games. With the addition of Guy Demel, Henri Lansbury, Sam Baldock and Papa Bouba Diop West Ham now have a number of options in most positions.
Overall then it has been a good transfer window for West Ham and we seem to have emerged from relegation with a stronger rather than a weakened team.