West Ham United are on the rise as they seek to recruit quality in this summer’s transfer window.
The club has the potential to become one of the country’s biggest as they prepare to accommodate the Olympic Stadium in 2016.
Following his appointment, Slaven Bilic has shown ambition with his transfer targets this summer while he also promises to bring a more attractive style of football to Upton Park, much to the liking of the West Ham fans.
The East London club enjoyed a successful first half of the 2014/2015 Premier League season, only to suffer a downfall after the Christmas period. Their impressive performances, however, expressed their much improved squad and their ability to pose as a challenge for any top Premier League side.
Enner Valencia and Diafro Sakho proved to be a potent strike force for the Hammers last season and will be key players for Bilic next term. The pair bring an excitement and flair to the pitch that have helped the club move away from criticism previously labelling them a ‘long ball’ side.
The new manager faces a welcomed dilemma with regards to having to decide how to utlise both Valencia and Sakho as well as the injury prone Andy Carroll.
The recent signing of Dimitri Payet from Marseille for a fee of £10.7 million pounds has set the standard in terms of the ambition of Bilic. His policy promises to take the club forward in terms of attracting higher quality players.
Likewise, the desire to keep hold of Alex Song, who spent last season on loan from Barcelona, depicts the level the club is at in terms of attracting the top talent.
The Cameroon midfielder will help bring a winning mentality that will be key in helping the side in Europe and in the Premier League. He added solidity to Sam Allardyce’s midfield and will bring a footballing intelligence and a composure that will compliment the power and athleticism of Cheikhou Kouyaté in the holding midfield area.
Strength in depth will be a key aspect to Bilic’s transfer plans given the added burden of the Europa League that his players face.
The impressive youth system at Upton Park will also benefit from the additional games brought by European involvement. Bilic will likely have a place for younger players as he looks to progress the club in every area.
Substantial additions or improvements to the side will bring added optimism while promising to build on an already strong West Ham team.