West Ham supporters have been reasonably satisfied in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side stretch their unbeaten Premier League run to six matches after drawing 1-1 with Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.
David Moyes’ men went into their clash with the Eagles having won two and drawn the other three of their preceding five league matches, a run of form which has put some distance between themselves and the division’s relegation zone. And the East London outfit moved another point closer to safety on Tuesday night, with Mark Noble’s penalty just before half time cancelling out Christian Benteke’s opener for the visitors as both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils.
Thus, there have been many satisfied Hammers in the Tavern in recent times, although several have been bemoaning their side’s efforts in the January transfer window, with just two additions through the door in the form of Joao Mario and Jordan Hugill.
Yet Moyes’ side did reportedly try and bring Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin to the London Stadium in the last knockings of the window, in a move which smacked of desperation.
Ultimately, the England Under-20 World Cup winner has featured in all but two of the Toffees’ 38 games in all competitions this season, so he is clearly a huge part of things at Goodison Park, even if he hasn’t started any of their last four Premier League games.
Thus, were West Ham ever really likely to convince Everton to part with Calvert-Lewin in the second half of the season?
Cenk Tosun’s arrival is obviously going to reduce his playing time, but injury or a lack of form could well see the English youngster return to the starting line-up once again.
And, from a West Ham point of view, would Calvert-Lewin have really been the answer to their struggles in the attacking department?
The 20-year-old has bagged just three times in the Premier League for the Toffees this term, and while his all round play has been much improved and played a part in helping Everton to ninth place in the table, that goal-scoring return isn’t quite what the Hammers are after.
And with the likes of Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew leaving the club, the latter on deadline day itself in a move which somewhat surprised many of our resident West Ham fans, it looks like the club were desperate just to land a forward player in the last knockings of the window.
Hugill arrived from Championship side Preston North End for a reported £10 million, but having never played at Premier League level before, it’s uncertain exactly how he’ll adapt to life in the top-flight.
And while Calvert-Lewin would have given Moyes another option in the attacking department, he was never really likely to leave Everton despite his recent first team struggles – thus, it was a move that just smacked of desperation.
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