Finally, we get to the last edition of Fresh Blood. We look at the last two teams alphabetically today, West Ham (who have made FIVE signings!) and Wigan. So for the last time this year…. (or is it?)… It’s Fresh Blood time!
West Ham United
West Ham have returned to the PL in a big way, and they’ve bought some solid players with them.
Jaaskelainen (4.5) should be considered for everybody’s teams. First choice keeper, PL experience, little competition, lock it in Eddie. If you’re looking for a 4.5 keeper, look absolutely no further.
Mohammed Diame is another that should be considered due to his previous PL experience with Wigan. Oh but wait. He’s a defensive midfielder. Damn. Pass.
Stephen Henderson was signed as a project player, and possibly was West Ham taking advantage of Portsmouth’s unfortunate financial position. He’s a keeper who will act as Backup to Jaaskelainen. He spent 27 weeks at the Hammers on loan last year but didn’t crack the first team. He has got talent though so watch him if the Jask goes down- there’s no other keepers on their list!
George McCartney. Well well well. He has REALLY snuck under the radar, and I’m really surprised. Won West-Ham’s POTY last year, and at 4.0, is a lock. Their first choice left-back, they signed him from Sunderland after having him on loan last year. If you want a bargain basement pick in defence, look no further. He’ll be my reserve defender!
Maiga (5.5) Is someone who could very well fly under the radar…. Priced modestly, he could explode this year, as West Ham’s forward line lacks a top class striker. I believe this guy is the guy to lead their line for 2012. He netted 24 times in 52 appearances for Souchaux, and has the finishing power of Cole with the flair of Vaz Te. As always, wait to see if he starts, and if he does, don’t hesitate in jumping on!
Well we’ve saved the best for last. Wigan… They’ve made the one signing this year, in CM Fraser Fyvie. But will he play? At 4.5 if he does play you’d be stupid not to consider him. Martinez does have a history of blooding young talent, with age clearly no barometer to decided who plays. BUT having said that, I think Wigan’s centre mid’s are pretty much locked in , with McCarthy and McArthur nailing down roles there. I think Fyvie will be given time to integrate slowly in the PL and won’t play that much. Pass.
Well that just about does it. Later on, (towards the end of the transfer window) I’ll post another quick update with any additional signings and their potential. Also, tune in tomorrow for the release of my projected XI’s for game week one!