It has been a dream start to the 2014-15 season for West Ham supporters.
The Hammers currently occupy fifth place in the Premier League, just a single point behind Manchester United in fourth.
It has been a dramatic turnaround for Sam Allardyce in particular, who was one of the bookmakers favourites at the start of the season to lose his job.
But ‘big Sam’ has turned things around completely, with a host of new signings and a new style of play seeming to have won over the Upton Park faithful at last.
Saturday’s win over Newcastle United was another step in the right direction, and with so many challengers for the European places faltering, West Ham have every reason to believe they could enjoy a record Premier League finish this season.
The summer signings have had a huge effect especially, with the likes of Enner Valencia, Diafra Sakho, and Saturday’s match-winner Aaron Cresswell looking inspired pieces of business.
It has not always been that way for West Ham however, as anyone who saw Modibo Maiga trying in vain to score last season will testify.
Here we have identified five signings from years gone by who could possibly even be considered worse than Maiga – seriously.