Transfer deadline day: Premier League round-up
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West Ham will be pleased with how their deadline day went after David Moyes secured the signing of two new players. Nikola Vlasic joined the Hammers on a five-year deal worth £26.8million from CSKA Moscow, while Alexander Kral arrived from Spartak on a season-long loan with an option to buy.
Moyes already had a strong team at his disposal, but both new signings will be pushing for a place in the starting line-up following the international break.
West Ham have endured a fantastic start to the season so far, which has seen them remain unbeaten and take seven points from their opening three league games.
Here, Express Sport takes a look at West Ham’s strongest line-up after the completion of the two deals.
Goalkeeper – Fabianski
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The Poland goalkeeper has been the obvious number one choice under Moyes and the veteran is expected to continue in the same vein this season.
Fabianski conceded just 47 times last season in a campaign which saw them reach the Europa League.
Alphonse Areola has joined the club on loan from PSG this summer and will provide competition for Fabianski.
However, Fabianski is experienced at Premier League level and there is little chance he will lose his place to the Frenchman.
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Defence – Coufal, Zouma, Ogbonna, Cresswell
New signing Kurt Zouma is likely to push his way into the first-team following his recent arrival from Chelsea.
The Hammers completed the signing of Zouma on Sunday in a deal worth £29.8million, and the defender will be a stronger partner for Angelo Ogbonna than Craig Dawson.
31-year-old also Dawson moved to the London Stadium from Watford in the transfer window, and the defender has started all three Premier League games.
Vladimir Coufal and Aaron Cresswell are clearly the strongest full-backs for West Ham, while Ogbonna has been the best centre-back at the club.
Defensive Midfield – Soucek, Rice
Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice are the two strongest possible options for the Hammers in defensive midfield.
Rice is one of the brightest prospects in the league and has attracted interest from some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs over the summer.
The 22-year-old had been linked with a move to Manchester United or Chelsea, but any move failed to materialise.
Meanwhile, Soucek has quickly adapted to the Premier League and the Czech midfielder scored ten goals in 38 league appearances last season.
Attacking Midfield – Fornals, Vlasic, Benrahma
Moyes now has a vast array of talented attacking midfielders available for selection, particularly after his latest signing from CSKA.
Croatia international Vlasic is one of the stronger options and could push his way straight into the first-team following his impress spell in Russia.
Pablo Fornals and Said Benrahma – who have already scored two league goals each this season – are arguably the other two strongest attacking options.
Jarrod Bowen, who has also been influential since arriving at West Ham, could be pushed to the bench as a result.
Striker – Antonio
There is little debate over who is the best forward at the club.
Michail Antonio became the club’s record Premier League goalscorer in the recent game against Leicester, and the forward has already netted four times in three games.
Antonio jokingly lifted a cardboard cut out of himself after scoring his 48th top-flight goal to break Paolo di Canio’s club record.
Andriy Yarmolenko could also be used in an advanced role, but the Ukrainian is unlikely to ever push Antonio out of the team.
Antonio will have to keep firing for West Ham if they are to have a campaign as successful as the previous one.
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