West Ham completed their summer business by spending north of £100 million, something not many Hammers believed would have happened.
Judging by previous windows, David Gold and David Sullivan were more renown for how little money they spent but now they have completely changed opinions, as they evaluated what West Ham needed and improved their team nicely.
Their spending includes shelling out a club record £35 million on Felipe Anderson and around £25 million on young French centre-back Issa Diop.
Diop and Balbuena are two centre-backs West Ham brought in this summer but with fear about them taking time to settle in, it’s possible that the Hammers will regret not pursuing Alfie Mawson, who has now gone to Fulham.
The former Swansea man was linked for West Ham for a lot of the transfer window in the early stages but Manuel Pellegrini preferred the option of Issa Diop, buying him instead.
Mawson not only would have been a cheaper option but the Englishman has played in the Premier League for two seasons and showed his class in a poor Swansea team. He played in every single league game for the Swans last season and even scored a vital winner against Liverpool during the course of the season. After being relegated though, it was clear to see that Mawson had the ability to remain a Premier League player, which Fulham have now made him again.
Alfie Mawson has good leadership attributes and would have cemented West Ham’s defence, which conceded the joint-highest amount of goals in the league last season.
Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena could well work out to be better options for West Ham but a more wise investment could have been in the player that knows the league and what to expect from it.
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