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.
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.
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.
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.