So now as the dust settles on what was once again a frantic end to a summer of spending amongst the top football clubs in this country, West Ham fans can look on with pride and excitement following on what surely has to be the clubs most successful summer of spending.
Nine new faces have arrived at Upton Park following the conclusion of last season, with Alex Song, Morgan Amalfitano, Carl Jenkinson, Enner Valencia, Diafra Sakho, Cheikhou Kouyaté, Diego Poyet, Aaron Cresswell and Mauro Zárate all arriving to add quality and depth to our side.
One noticeable exit is Mo Diame, who not so long ago was regarded as our ‘must keep’ player. However that had changed, partly due to the arrival of Koutaye, but also for his attitude and belief that he was simply better than he was.
That’s not to say he doesn’t have the potential, because all West Ham fans know he does. But the difference in performance when on Sky Sports, ie, in the shop window, was staggering. Had he applied himself and aimed for consistency, I’m sure he would have gone onto somewhere more glamorous than Hull City – and we all would have been sad to see him go… Or delighted that he had stayed, much like Winston Reid.
There was much speculation over the summer that Arsenal were preparing a bid to sign Reid, and the fact the player has stalled for months on signing a new deal at Upton Park clearly showed the player was willing to wait and see what would come in.
In the end however, nothing did. Arsenal spent most of yesterday securing the services of Danny Wellbeck from Manchester United, and Winston’s name did not even get a mention.
Let’s hope the player can now commit his future to a club that wants him so dearly to stay, and return to the form that has made him such a prized asset to us.