Paul Merson grades West Ham’s transfer window – has doubts over Jelavic signing

The Hammers experienced a busy summer as Slaven Bilic transformed his squad.

Paul Merson believes West Ham United have done ‘fine’ in this summer’s transfer window and awarded them a ‘B’ grade, but has singled out the recruitment of Nikica Jelavic as something of a surprise.

Dimitri Payet is a different class and Victor Moses is a good signing, but I'm not so sure about Nikica Jelavic,” said Merson on Sky Sports.

“I was tempted to give them a higher grade, but I think I will give them a B because they have done fine.”

Slaven Bilic has overseen the arrival of 10 new faces in his first summer in charge, while a further 10 have been shown the door.

Such upheaval comes with its expected bumps in the road and the Hammers' start to the season has hinted at a team still trying to find its way.

Bilic’s men have recorded two fantastic away victories at Anfield and the Emirates, scoring five and conceding none in the process, but have seen their hard work undone by poor performances at the Boleyn Ground.

Leicester City and Bournemouth have both emerged victorious from their trips to east London and the Hammers' shocking disciplinary record has played a huge role.

The Irons have had three players sent off in their first four Premier League games, to accompany their run of reds in Europa League qualifying, with the latest coming via Mark Noble in their 3-0 triumph over Liverpool – albeit in very harsh circumstances.

There is clearly the nucleus of a strong team who can give anyone in the league a tough time, but it’s up to Bilic to harness that potential and reduce the naivety around his side’s game management, if West Ham are to achieve big things this season.

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