Crystal Palace transfer business makes a mockery of West Ham's "marquee" summer

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic greets Crystal Palace's manager Alan Pardew before the match

While West Ham United's season spirals out of control, their London rivals Crystal Palace have been showing them how it should be done.

West Ham manager Slaven BilicWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic

Five defeats from their first six Premier League games, infighting amongst fans at their new 60,000 seater Olympic Stadium home, resentment towards owners and concerns over safety have soured the Hammers' season so far.

Slaven Bilic's side have just one win to their name so far and even then they scraped past Bournemouth 1-0.

The Hammers were also embarrassingly dumped out of the Europa League by Romanian minnows Astra Giurgiu for the second season running.

Back-to-back 4-2 defeats to Watford and West Bromwich Albion were followed by a 3-0 home loss to Southampton which has left the Hammers in the relegation zone.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic celebrates after the match with their coaching staffWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic celebrates winning the last ever game at Upton Park

It is a far cry from last season when West Ham enjoyed their best ever points total of the Premier League era, recorded a first positive goal difference since 1986 and finished just four points off the Champions League places in their emotional farewell campaign at Upton Park.

Since then a huge turnaround of nearly 20 players has seen the squad transformed with 13 new signings and the likes of James Tomkins leaving to join Alan Pardew's Eagles.

The summer transfer window seemed to revolve around Slaven Bilic as West Ham were linked with a plethora of players.

West Ham co chairmans David Sullivan and David Gold before the matchWest Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold

That came off the back of co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold bizarrely announcing to the world they were willing to spend over £30million on a "marquee" striker signing.

Instead they ended up with flop Simeone Zaza on loan from Juventus as their big name signing and it now looks like he will be sent packing back to Italy before he reaches the 15 games which will activate West Ham's obligation to buy clause for £25 million.

Crystal Palace's James Tomkins celebrates scoring their first goalCrystal Palace's James Tomkins celebrates scoring

All the while Pardew quietly went about reshaping his squad at Selhurst Park, adding quality rather than quantity with the likes of one-time Hammers target Christian Benteke, Andros Townsend and Tomkins coming in.

Quite what Bilic was thinking allowing homegrown Hammers Tomkins to leave during the big transitional season at the Olympic Stadium is baffling most Hammers fans.

The two problem areas in West Ham's side this season have been centre back and right back... two positions Tomkins covered for the East Londoners.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic and Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew afer the matchWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic and Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew

Now Palace are flying high in the seventh place in the fledgling Premier League table while the Hammers look set for a long hard season and are down in the bottom three.

Pardew and Steve Parrish have made a mockery of West Ham's supposed marquee summer, a window where the Hammers ended up diluting their squad with too many average players, too many foreign players and too many loans.

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