West Ham’s transfer window activity was looking great going into the season, people were actually confident we would do stuff this year. It’s been three weeks since we proclaimed that West Ham United is in a Better Place Than Last Season.
Off the back of three straight defeats the tide has turned, pessimism is order of the day and nowhere can that be more clearly felt than transfer deadline day. Despite losing the opening three games, conceding 10 goals, the Hammers failed to make a single signing.
Here are the best bits from West Ham social media over the past 24 hours:
West Ham United— bet365 (@bet365) August 31, 2017
└ Transfer targets
└ Deadline Day signings
└⚠️ This folder is empty pic.twitter.com/R0y3ZVQpsw
David Sullivan, David Gold and Karren Brady took the brunt of the criticism:
Feel for West Ham, Sullivan and Gold are a joke. Its like they don't want to progress— James (@JimmieBCFC) August 31, 2017
Isn't it strange that our chairman who loves social media hasn't even come out with a argument defending their lack of activity. Truth hurts— Baz Cox ⚒ (@Baz1980WHU) September 1, 2017
You might have seen this banner floating around social media yesterday calling for the board to go:
It’s no surprise that fans are angry, we were under the impression that West Ham would be making some big signings during the transfer window. Granted, we strengthened the squad with players like Joe Hart and Javier Hernandez.
The problem is that we brought in 5 signings while 13 players left the club, including first teamers Sofiane Feghouli, Robert Snodgrass and Håvard Nordtveit. How are we supposed to improve with the club depleting the squad like this?
West Ham This Summer:— Uber West Ham (@UberWestHam) August 31, 2017
Players In: 5
Players Out: 12+
'One In, One Out' pic.twitter.com/b9OGbrqflO
Meanwhile, Diafra Sakho did his best to force a move, but wasn’t allowed to leave. Again, why are we keeping someone who clearly doesn’t care and wants to leave East London? The whole thing came to a bizarrely heart-warming end according to this tweet:
Diafra Sakho staying at West Ham after talks. May be offered new deal. Club understand his personal problems. He's proud to play for WHUFC— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 31, 2017
Maybe all he needed was a hug from David Gold and he’s ready to play for the Hammers.
To clarify, Sakho fell out with Bilic. Loves the club, fans, but felt he couldn't stay with Slav there. Hence the meeting to sort it out.— Sam Inkersole (@Sam_InkersoleTM) August 31, 2017
#WHUFC Sakho sitting down with Bilic tomorrow to sort their differences out. Must score at least 6 gls, play 50% of gms from now til Jan.— Sam Inkersole (@Sam_InkersoleTM) August 31, 2017
My personal theory: Sakho and Bilic obviously don’t get along, I think the board would rather keep the striker because they don’t expect Bilic to be the manager for much longer.
Of course, many classic memes were given a West Ham spin, including one from our mates at Hammers Chat:
I am a:— Hammers Chat (@hammers_chat) August 31, 2017
West Ham Fan
⚪ Top striker
⚪ Top Midfielder
⚪ Top defender
A fucking signing
But can we please end the stock image of the guy meme? It’s more played out than the Harlem Shake at this point.
There was also plenty of questionable social media from the teams themselves, most notably Swansea City. They made two signings and announced them in the most cringe way possible.
First, Renato Sanches:
Then came Wilfried Bony:
We'll go wild, wild, wild... pic.twitter.com/JljASfbhEz— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) August 31, 2017
All we can do now is hope that Slaven Bilic can get his team back to winning ways for the crucial month of September. He’s on thin ice. The anger towards the board will quickly be redirected in his way if West Ham continue to struggle.