There has certainly been a huge contrast in emotions towards West Ham after this summer’s transfer window.
Last season the Hammers endured an extremely tough time both in the league and transfer market, with them narrowly avoiding relegation and seeing their own fans turn on them in protest – crying out for the board to resign over false promises.
They failed to land various stars too, embarrassingly so in the case of William Carvalho, who seemed like a shoe-in to join the club before a wild exchange between both the Hammers and Sporting Lisbon saw it put to an end.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher put the saga into perspective perfectly last season, saying how there was too much information coming out of the club about potential transfers – which can only be a negative thing as it drives up prices.
“It certainly is a problem,” said the former Liverpool defender on Sky Sports last season.
“So much information comes out of the club from different sources at times. (Who is) feeding that information, there’s speaking to agents.
“I think it’s always a club a lot of (average) players look to and think ‘I could get to West Ham, I could talk myself into a move to West Ham’.”
However, this summer it seems to have all changed. News of incoming players has admittedly been reported well in advance, but there is a huge difference in what type of information has been given to the media and indeed the public.
The appointment of director of football has been a big catalyst in this happening too, with the Hammers conducting the most business of any other Premier League club so far in the window.
The seven signings the club have made so far have all been exciting acquisitions, with them all sure to contend for a place in Manuel Pellegrini’s first team.
Now it’s a question of whether or not the Hammers will make any further signings this summer, with there time still left to get deals done but it being rumoured that the club will have to sell first in order to buy.