Kehrer flops, Scamacca shows flashes - West Ham United transfer ratings so far at World Cup break
West Ham finally righted the wrongs of the January transfer window and filled out the squad with much needed new arrivals in the summer.
The club transfer record was broken and big money was spent on others to increase expectations that the Hammers were ready to make the step up, but amid dreadful injury luck and some bizarre squad management it hasn’t been that way.
West Ham are only a point outside the relegation zone and David Moyes appears to be struggling to coordinate his new arrivals, with some new stars disappointing because of how the Scot has decided to use them, or not, rather than their own failings.
Here, West Ham Zone rates the Hammers arrivals out of 10 so far, as the club enters a six-week break for the World Cup in Qatar.
Nayef Aguerd – £30million from Rennes (Sky Sports) – 3
Not his fault at all after his big move was cruelly derailed in the preseason, but despite looking good in a couple of Europa Conference League appearances the man who was supposed to be the answer to Moyes’ struggles in defence hasn’t yet been anything of the sort.
Ankle surgery kept him out for three months, meaning he has so far made only four appearances in all competitions, marking a miserable return for the big money spent, and he will hope as much as anybody to have a far more fruitful campaign from late December onwards.
Alphonse Areola – £7.75million from PSG (Sky Sports) – 7
West Ham spent some time in the summer negotiating to get his loan move made permanent, and with Lukasz Fabianski still in situ the Frenchman has remained primarily the cup keeper.
The club knew what they were getting with him and things have been good in a 100% winning record in Europe so a solid move as expected.
Flynn Downes – £12million from Swansea (Sky Sports) – 6
One of the more baffling situations so far this year, with his middling rating more to do with the manager than the player. Mostly only good things have been said about the east London local, yet Moyes has used him sparingly and often out of position.
Tomas Soucek was well below his best for weeks to start the season but Downes didn’t get a look in for Premier League games, and while he has shown his quality in European competition in a central midfield role, his belated run in the Premier League side has seen him shifted about in more advanced positions where he has been less effective.
Maxwel Cornet – £17.5million from Burnley (Sky Sports) – 5
Another frustrating one for West Ham fans, as the Ivorian has racked up five assists in four European appearances, admittedly not against the strongest opposition, yet has seen less than 90 minutes of action in the Premier League.
Has missed over a month with a calf injury now and was infuriatingly robbed of a dramatic late equaliser at Chelsea by the VAR. Another who should prove to be a good investment when fit, if the manager decides to use him.
Gianluca Scamacca – £35.5million from Sassuolo (Sky Sports) – 7
West Ham finally bought a striker to back up Michail Antonio, and the Italian endeared himself to fans by rejecting a late hijack attempt from PSG, but his form has been uneven.
Six goals in 21 appearances doesn’t sounds catastrophic but only two have come in the league, where Moyes was reluctant to put him straight in.
Appeared to have settled when he scored in three straight games in early October but has gone off the boil again since, conjuring inevitable fears of another Sebastien Haller situation. His flashes of quality suggest he should come good if the price tag can be ignored for now, and at 23 he has time on his side.
Emerson Palmieri – £13million from Chelsea (The Athletic) – 7
Moyes spent most of 2022 looking for another option on the left and finally got it with the Italy international, who has since made 13 appearances in all competitions.
Has been decent if not spectacular, but hasn’t been able to dislodge Aaron Cresswell for the most part, which is perhaps a slight disappointment, but for the price he seems a solid buy.
Thilo Kehrer – £10.1million from PSG (Sky Sports) – 4
Somewhat of a panic buy as, despite their best laid plans, West Ham were left scrambling to address their latest defensive injury crisis.
Has played every minute of the league season at either centre-back or right-back and has been reasonable at times, but he gave away a penalty in a nightmare debut and scored an own goal against Tottenham, so frankly hasn’t so far looked like much of an upgrade on Issa Diop.
Lucas Paqueta – £51.3million from Lyon (Guardian) – 5
Can’t be written off as an abject failure, but for the huge money spent the Irons haven’t seen nearly enough yet, with just three assists in 12 appearances across all competitions and only eight outings in the top flight.
His late arrival and absence through injury has evidently disrupted his integration into the side, and a good World Cup with Brazil could be a springboard to better form, but there is inevitably going to be pressure when you are made the club’s record signing.
He has shown a few glimpses of his quality but still has a long way to go to justify that price tag.