Despite the overwhelming belief that the powers that be in the West Ham board need a kick in the ass, West Ham opt for a kick to the head and sign Patrice Evra. The 36 year old leftback joins West Ham on a short term contract after being released by Marseille following an incident with a fan altercation.
Patrice Evra will be among friends at West Ham starting with his manager, David Moyes. Evra played for Manchester United during the Moyes reign, where he was first introduced to the Scottish manager. As well, Chicharito played under Moyes at Man U and will link up again with Evra. The French leftback has also played with Angelo Ogbonna at Juventus, hopefully adding some cohesion to an often confused back line for the Hammers.
The signing is a bit confusing for West Ham supporters. The club failed to make any defensive midfield impact signings during the January transfer window, which is their largest area of need. The Evra signing does not address this issue, and also goes against a policy that David Sullivan himself put in place, stating the club will look for younger options, specifying no players over 32.
For Evra, he will fill a gap at the club. With Arthur Masuaku serving a 6-game ban for spitting against Wigan, Aaron Cresswell is the only leftback option at the club currently. Evra can offer respite for Cresswell, and hopefully press pace up the wing in an advanced wingback role.
Regardless of his passed incidents, and colourful attitude off the pitch, if he can help West Ham secure more points then I am all for the signing. This should not, however, be the end for West Ham free agent signings. Heavily short on midfield coverage, West Ham should look to the likes of former Bayern Munich, and more recently, Sunderland defensive midfielder Jan Kirchhoff who is a free agent. Coming off serious injury it is a low risk signing that could pay dividends.
West Ham surely need to beef up their midfield, and a few more free agents could help with that, despite it being the cheap, predictable route for the clubs owners.
Come On You Irons!