Tempting fate a little i know but if we stay up i would like to know what as a fan your transfer strategy would be? do you go splurge obscene amounts of money on the exotic overseas players with exciting names or are you more pragmatic and stick to what you know?
I ask this because like any fan of any club you always look and notice when certain "names" get linked with your club and then the mind goes into overdrive.....so as it would seem at our club they like to grab a headline about a transfer than seemingly have any thought or research gone into the player so is it to say look at us we can pay £££££'s for players....Ego for from the owners? looking to appease fans? or just hit n hope as long as they sell shirts?
So like Rice gets linked here there and everywhere the same goes with that guy at Palace Zaha...yes i know as ever he's available on a free so of course we are linked so do Managers think hey he's a freebie so why not but everyone knows a free transfer is never that....do they look at his age his injury record will he fit in will he be a team player etc because all those factors surely have to come in to that and is the player worth thecost/risk.
As an example if and take away your own prejudices about the player if he was available he wants to stay in London would you say take Zaha on a free or say no and bid for the Lad Jack Clarke at Sunderland who is raw but has a lot of potential and will be 23 this year will not demand big wages and will be chomping at the bit to prove himself in the prem.
For me it is a know brainer you steer clear of Zaha and the Walcotts of this world and go looking for up and coming exciting talent.....now not having a dig at Scamacca here because given the chance he will come good but we are going to need a change of manager(may be several threads about that subject)if he is to thrive.
so looking at our strikers...Ings not getting any younger....Antonio not a striker....Cornet not a striker....Scamacca injured out of form and clearly pissed off with the manager what would you do? go exotic overseas or do proper research and look at that proving ground that is the championship?
Ings/Antonio for me should be let go in the summer regardless of the loss we will take on Ings forget the French market and promote from within and again for that to happen the current manager has to go.....but proper research has to be done...
So what would your policy be? West Ham are massive 60thousand crowds so have to throw huge money at the market or more conservative and not go for the easy options?