West Ham United have considerable amounts on a squad overhaul under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.
West Ham United have spent a little under £100m this summer on what can only be regarded as a squad overhaul.
Nine first-team players joined for that money and all but one from a top European league – with Corinthians’ Fabian Balbuena the only exception.
That kind of experience and pedigree would, on paper, demand immediate success, although West Ham’s start to life under Manuel Pellegrini shows how that isn’t the case in practice.
A 4-0 thumping against Liverpool in their opening game opened a lot of eyes as the team clearly wasn’t gelled together and were consistently making mistakes that should be ironed out over time on the training pitch (although playing a high line against Liverpool’s front three isn’t something you’d advise for any team).
Defeat to Bournemouth in Manuel Pellegrini’s first home game suggests it will take more time than anyone thought – but perhaps that’s to be expected and isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
West Ham clearly have lofty ambitions – you don’t spend that kind of money for any other reason – and considering where they’re starting from, taking a year to bed in before putting pressure on the team is probably a good idea.
Make this squad functional and they can go into next summer looking at improvement rather than wholesale change, heading into the season with the pressure to succeed when this squad is actually a team.
This season shouldn’t be a mere write-off but it’s important that West Ham maintain perspective – they could be far better off for it.