The Lowdown: West Ham finally land attacker…
From the beginning right through to the very end of the summer transfer window, West Ham were linked with bolstering manager David Moyes’ attacking options ahead of a long season.
The striking position was a hot topic among Irons supporters, as was as the possible signing of an attacking midfield player, with Moyes managing to bag one at the very last gasp.
West Ham allegedly turned their attention away from Jesse Lingard after learning of his £30 million asking price, going on to target former Everton man Vlasic.
As a result, the club secured a £25.7 million deal plus £7.7 million in add-ons for the attacker on deadline day (The Athletic).
The Latest: Hutton in awe of move…
Speaking to FI, the ex-Tottenham Hotspur defender waxed lyrical over this swoop and believes Vlasic could come good in the east end.
Hutton says that the 23-year-old comes as a sound alternative to Lingard.
“When you look at age and stuff comes into it. If you’re paying £30 million for someone that’s touching 30, yes he’s proven in the Premier League and had a great season last year,” the Scotsman explained when asked about Lingard vs Vlasic.
“But Vlasic, anybody that’s in the Croatian national team, you know they’re technically gifted. They prove this all the time.
“He’s got that experience, he’s young, he’s going to get better. Playing at a higher level, as in the Premier League, we’ll hopefully see the best of him.
“If you look at Moyes’ transfers that he’s made over recent seasons, it’s been unbelievable. He’s yet to miss if we’re totally honest.
“This is one I’m looking forward to seeing. The little bits I have seen of him have been very good. I’m looking forward to seeing how he does in a high-flying West Ham team.”
The Verdict: Moyes masterclass?
Going by the numbers, Vlasic certainly looks like a real bargain on paper.
For an initial £25.7m fee, West Ham may have just landed one of the coups of the window given he notched a prolific 11 goals and five assists in 26 Russian Premier League starts (WhoScored).
As well as this, Vlasic sensationally averaged 4 shots on goal per 90 in that time and 2.8 key passes – far eclipsing the numbers of every West Ham player in the Premier League last year (WhoScored).
While you could make the argument that his fine form came in an inferior division, his threat is there for all to see as he did impress at Euro 2020.
In other news: ‘Yayyyy’, ‘Oooooo’, ‘Actually mental’…West Ham fans raving over ‘fantastic news’, find out more here.
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience