FM21-The West Ham Rebuild-EP1
The Joker is Home
Hello boys, girls and everything in between. It’s me Bad jokes back at ya once again with another blog. You know what people say about making plans and all that. Well, its happened again, as I carried on playing the Rangers save file where I’ve taken over at West Ham, as I waited for the level ten database to be released, and ended up enjoying the save so much that I’ve decided to keep on with this for the next few weeks. With that out of the way, let’s check out the latest issue of the West Ham weekly.
28th May 2022
After reading the West Ham Weekly in the morning, on my way to my new office at Rush Green, ~
I immediately set about my first task and that was seeing who was still in the squad and how they had got on in the season just gone so I could see who I wanted to keep and who I wanted to sell.
This would be critical as the rumours were indeed true that we only had a two-point nine million budget to try and get us back into the premiership at the first time of asking.
Wow, that squad looks like one that has finished second bottom in the league and lost all its last six games. Only Jarrod Bowen has finished the season with an average rating over seven and he’s also our top scorer with only 9 goals so you can see one of the main issues is goal scoring but there are issues at the other end as well as our best defender Ryan Nyambe finished the year with a rating of six point six, six. Therefore there is much work to be done in the transfer window if we are going to revamp this squad.
Our transfer window began with two major outs before the season refreshed. As we sold the underperforming Brazillian, Felipe Anderson to Wolves for fifty million pounds after some back and forth negotiating. That is a price I’m very happy with considering how he poor he was last season.
The other deal wasn’t one I was looking to do, but we lost last seasons top scorer and best performer Jarrod Bowen, to West Brom for only twenty million pounds as they activated his relegation release clause.
The second part of our outgoings began with two deals that had been agreed before I arrived at the London stadium as Ogbonna had decided he didn’t want to go anywhere on the Atlas but wanted to go to the Atlas as he departed us for the Mexican first division side.
The next deal saw a legend depart as Mr West Ham Mark Noble has gone to Austria of all places to end his career playing for St Polten.
We then had a long wait for our next departures, but like the big red buses that go past our training ground, two came at once as we sold two strikers who had started the season poorly. Haller left us for twenty-five million to go to France and Rennes which is a very good deal I believe as he only started fourteen games last season and only scored six goals.
The last transfer saw me helping out my old club Rangers as we sold Neal Maupay for twenty million which is a profit of four point two five million just a year after the old management bought him into the club but again he disappointed only scoring five times from five appearances.
Transfer Window Ins Part 1
We had a super busy transfer window as far as ins are concerned so were going to split this into two parts the loan deals we did before the season refreshed and then the full-on cash money deals we did after the season refreshed. The first guy in through the door was Anders Dreyer a 24-year-old Danish Midfielder with very solid stats but the thing that attracted me to him was the fact he can play anywhere from midfield up to striker. Next up came a guy I don’t need to talk too much about as Michail Antonio followed me from Rangers back to West Ham.
Our second loan deal from a London club came in the form of Pablo Mari a 29-year-old Spanish Center back who joins us from Arsenal, at 6 foot 3 he with good heading and jumping reach he should be a danger in both boxes.
We followed that up by linking up with another player I had at rangers as Filip Helander who I sold for 25 million last summer to PSG joins us in east London and if I can get the form out of him that I did at Ibrox then he could be a great signing for us. Our next signing came to us from Leicester and I was excited to sign Hamza Choudry for two reasons the first being he is a very solid Ball Winning Midfielder, the second being his amazing hair and that he looks like a very happy fun guy so hopefully he will improve dressing room morale.
Our last singing for this part was a massive coup in my opinion as 26-year-old Rony Lopes
the Portuguese winger joins us from Sevilla and should be much to good for the championship surely.
Transfers in Part 2
Once the season refreshed and the Felipe Anderson & Bowen sales went through we found ourselves with 60 million pounds to spend, so we set about immediately looking at players that were interested in coming to join us.
The first of which was Emil Audero the 25-year-old keeper joins us from Sampdoria for a bargain price of 2.1 million pounds at that age and for that price this could be one of my better deals in this save as he could still be decent for us when we get back to the premiership.
If that first deal was a bargain this next one might not be but time will tell as we splashed 30 million pounds (is that a record transfer for the championship?) on 21-year-old central midfielder Louie Sibley from Derby county. Sibley played 43 times for derby last year and looks like he has a lot of potential so this is a deal that could either be very good or be a very expensive flop hopefully its the former but we will see in the coming seasons.
Once again we went back to what we know, as we signed Matias Palacios from San Lorenzo for 4.9 million. We had had the Argentinean attacking Midfielder both seasons at Rangers, and while he didn’t play much last season and probably won’t be the first choice here either he could be a handy rotation option and he has a lot of potential so the resale value is there if we decide to cash in.
I think this next deal is an inspired decision, as despite Leonardo Campana only scoring twice in thirteen appearances of which 8 were off the bench for Wolves last season. I spent 15 million on the Ecuodrian striker due to his amazing physicals and still only being 22 I really really think this could be the signing of the season as I believe he will score a bucket load in the championship.
Next up is another loan deal that I’m very happy with as we have signed Moise Kean the 22-year-old Italian winger who again has fantastic physicals and very good finishing so if we could keep and develop him for a few years we could have a great player on our hands.
Mohammed Kudus a 22-year-old central/attacking midfielder joined us for 11 million pounds from Dutch giants Ajax Whilst Kudus doesn’t have any spectacular attributes he again will be another solid rotation option and could develop over next few seasons.
Our last loan deal of the summer sees us pick up Riqui Puig from Barcelona and at 23 years old he looks like a very good back up creative option to give us something different off the bench. Also with him being 23, he needs to start building on his potential soon so hopefully, he can do that for us this season.
The other deals are more focused on the long term as we’ve signed Ezequiel Pedrozo, Kristian Arnstad and Suphanat Mueanta who are all going to either be loaned out or play in our youth teams to see how they develop.
Tactic for the upcoming season
The tactic that I’m going to try to get us to use this season is going to be a 4-3-3 wide with either Hamza Choudhury or Declan rice playing in the DM role. I also will be switching between Sibley or Fornals for the mezzala role. I want us to try to dominate possession and play around teams to create goal-scoring opportunities, whilst at the back, we’re going to be playing with a standard defensive line but pressing urgently to try and win the ball back quickly so we can get back to playing our game.
See You Next Time
Thank you so much for reading this, I hope you’ve enjoyed it, let me know in the comments here or on Twitter what you think about our transfer window. Have we had a good summer or a bad one what deals do you like? How do you think we’re going to do in the championship will we return to the premiership at the first attempt? I’ll be back on Friday with the first update after 20 games in the Championship.
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