West Ham United should look to replicate their success in last year’s transfer window and follow it up this summer. If they do that, then the Hammers could be celebrating a place in Europe at the end of the upcoming campaign.
It is no secret that Manuel Pellegrini is going to need to strengthen a couple of areas of his squad before they all return and knuckle down for the season ahead, and bringing in some big names would certainly go a long way into helping them achieve bigger and better things.
However, one of their latest rumoured transfer targets, as good as he may be, does not send out the message that West Ham should be sending to their rivals, whilst it also does not help themselves out in the long-term future.
According to a report by The London Evening Standard earlier this week, the Hammers are thought to be interested in signing Chelsea’s Willy Caballero as a back-up option to Lukasz Fabianski.
As mentioned, the veteran shot-stopper could be seen as a good and smart decision by the London Stadium outfit as there is no doubt that he would be able to provide the competition and adequate cover should anything happen to the Poland international.
The Argentina international, who has also worked with Pellegrini at Manchester City and Malaga in the past, would also be an excellent option to have in the domestic cup competitions and could help the Hammers copy the likes of Watford and get them to a final.
Everybody loves a potential freebie, however, whether Chelsea look to tie him down to a new deal remains to be seen because of the transfer ban looming over their head; a new contract could be possible if they decide to accept the sanctions (The Sun).
But, should West Ham really be chasing a 37-year-old to fill the void that Adrian has left?
In a word, no. As good as Caballero is (and he can be pretty solid when called upon), he does not solve a long-term problem for the Hammers and would also likely be demanding wages that are a little extravagant to be a benchwarmer.
Yes, Pellegrini needs to find himself a back-up for the upcoming campaign, however, he should look to spend some money on a player that has a future ahead of him and one that can still develop a little further. That man would then be in a position to replace Fabianski when the Polish shot-stopper decides to hang his gloves up for good.
Nathan Trott is an excellent prospect and could be one for the future, however, bringing in someone in between him and the veteran they already have could be ideal for the Premier League outfit and their continuity.
Also, West Ham are supposed to be aiming for ambitious targets this summer. Not players that are at the end of the conveyor belt. What does signing a 37-year-old on a free transfer scream out? Ambition is not the word we would use.
Caballero might be highly decorated and his experience could be second-to-none, especially in a Hammers side that does not have any winners, but it is likely the Irons would only get 12 months out of him, making it a pointless switch.
As Pellegrini’s side are still in a moment of transition (admittedly, not as much as they were), taking a risk and being ambitious on a younger target should be the aim of the game and could benefit them in the long-term future.
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