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Social Media Reaction to West Ham’s Transfer Deadline Day

Fans aren’t happy

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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:

David Sullivan, David Gold and Karren Brady took the brunt of the criticism:

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?

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:

Maybe all he needed was a hug from David Gold and he’s ready to play for the Hammers.

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.

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Of course, many classic memes were given a West Ham spin, including one from our mates at Hammers Chat:

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:

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.