Grading West Ham United's summer signings - Marko Arnautovic

West Ham United's Austrian midfielder Marko Arnautovic reacts to a missed goal during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium...

West Ham United spent big on Marko Arnautovic but the Austrian has yet to pay them back a penny.

Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United reacts during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium on October 25, 2017 in London, England.

Time is a rare luxury in modern football, and new signings don’t get given too much of it before they are adjudged a hit or miss.

A couple of months on from the summer transfer window, HITC is grading the first impressions made by the new arrivals.

Here we take a closer look at West Ham United’s £25m gamble on Marko Arnautovic from Stoke City - fee according to The Guardian.

It would be unfair to say that the Austrian’s four years at Stoke were more style than substance, but his average return of 5.5 goals and 6.75 assists per season were not numbers commanding of such a big sum.

Marko Arnautovic of Stoke City celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Middlesbrough at Bet365 Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Stoke on...

What West Ham were willing to put a price on was Arnautovic’s flair and eye for the spectacular, which they thought would be a big hit with the supporters who loved the same qualities in Dimitri Payet.

Arnautovic has had nowhere near the impact that Payet had upon his arrival in 2015-16.

The 28-year-old has not yet scored or assisted for the Irons and his overall contribution has actually been detrimental - he looks unfit and uncommitted, and was sent off in a 3-2 defeat to Southampton in August.

Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United is shown a red card by referee Lee Mason during the Premier League match between Southampton and West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium on August 19, 2017...

He has started only three top-flight games since and was substituted in all of them.

The Mirror reports that new manager David Moyes is ready to sell Arnautovic already, in order to fund January signings in defence, and the Hammers would likely have to accept a loss on their investment.

Arnautovic has until the New Year to turn things around, but he is unlikely to be the first name on Moyes’s teamsheet with West Ham needing 100% effort from their whole team to get out of relegation trouble.

Grade: E

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