On 16 August 2016, West Ham United brought Jonathan Calleri to the club on a season-long loan from Deportivo Maldonado.
The Argentine was brought into the club to try and help with their attacking woes up front and to provide back up for the likes of Andre Ayew and Andy Carroll.
Fans took to Twitter following the announcement of his arrival and hoped that the South American would be able to become a solid piece of business for the Hammers. Some mentioned that they felt David Gold had managed to do some great work bringing him to the London Stadium, whilst others were looking forward to the future with one claiming he could be the ‘next Tevez’.
Here are just some of their reactions to him joining the club…
brilliant bit of business that mate is he fit and ready
— Daneeboy (@DANCON1983) August 16, 2016
Dave that's great but please get a Right Back and plead with Bilic to stop playing Antonio there!
— Gavlaar (@gavblake14) August 16, 2016
pleased to sign him but it looks like he has a Xmas jumper on!! COYI
— Vince Pemberton (@pemberton_vince) August 16, 2016
good signing on the face of it , thanks David
— Teddy Bard (@TheTeddyBard) August 16, 2016
— Paolo (@ellingford_paul) August 16, 2016
— mikewhufc230 (@mnhammer62) August 16, 2016
— West Ham News/Views (@WHUFC_News_6) August 16, 2016
Ages of our (first team) summer signings:
Bright, bright future.
— WHUFC Fans Corner (@WHUFCFansCorner) 16 August 2016
It is safe to say Calleri had a rather forgettable spell at the club and did not help Slaven Bilic’s side as many had hoped he would.
David Sullivan appeared to think he had the tools to become successful and the co-owner put the pressure on the South American by saying “We expect him to be one of our top goalscorers this season.”
However, the Argentine’s spell in east London was disappointing and he really struggled to convince anyone that he was a worthwhile addition.
During his season with the Premier League outfit, he managed just one goal in his 18 appearances across all competitions, scoring in the last minute of a 3-1 win away to Middlesborough on 21 January 2017.
To further highlight how much of a nightmare his time at the London Stadium was, he made just four starts for the Hammers in the top-flight, with all those appearances coming towards the end of the 2016/17 campaign.
Things have improved for the Argentine though in recent years, as Calleri has since enjoyed spells in Spain with Las Palmas and Deportivo Alaves and has recorded some rather solid figures in front of goal.
The 25-year-old hit nine goals in his 37 appearances for Las Palmas last season, although he was not able to help keep them in the Spanish top-flight, whilst the £5.4million-rated striker (Transfermarkt) has eight in 29 so far for a side that had been challenging for a place in European football next season.
Calleri will just have to go down in the history books at West Ham as another striker who came to the club and miserably failed to try and solve their problems that still exist today.
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