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Transfer flashback: Marko Arnautović

Transfer flashback: Marko Arnautović

When West Ham signed Marko Arnautović from Stoke in July 2017, the deal was not met with universal acclaim. 

The deal cost The Hammers £20m and could rise to £25m, and large swathes of fans thought that this was too much for the player. Many thought that he was too temperamental, and had attitude problems. As successful as he was on the field for Stoke, he had a large array of off-field antics that dated back to his time at Inter Milan.

This was a hassle that West Ham fans did not want, and a large portion showed their disdain at the transfer.

This is what the fans had to say:

However, after one season, almost all fans had been converted into ardent fans of the Austrian. The forward was sensational in his first season at the London Stadium, staying consistently strong through a turbulent season, particularly with regards to managerial changes. He managed 11 goals and six assists in 31 appearances, as he went on to win the Hammer of the Year award.

His absence was certainly noticed at Stoke too, as the club were relegated in their first season without him.

He has equally made an impressive start to this season, and while the club faced some early season challenges, he remained a consistently high performer throughout. He has already managed to get three goals and one assist in five appearances so far this season, and could well be on course of retaining the award he won last season.

This is what the fans had to say when picking up the Hammer of the Year:

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