Daniel Kretinsky has delivered his long-term investment vision for West Ham that includes improving the club’s capital structure.
The Czech businessman has been left impressed with the work David Moyes has done, but at the same time, has hinted that the Hammers won’t spend big in the January transfer market.
Kretinsky, who co-owns Sparta Prague, has suggested that “gradual evolution” is the most healthy way to build a strong foundation at the club.
“We have come to support the club but — so as to manage supporters’ expectations — that doesn’t mean big spending in the January transfer window,” Kretinsky wrote for The Standard.
“I’m hugely impressed by the work of David Moyes and his team who have improved results over a long period of time. This gradual evolution is, in my opinion, the most healthy way to build a strong club on a firm basis and with the right attitudes and culture.”
West Ham probably don’t need to make enough additions to the
squad, but one or two signings can make a big difference.
The Hammers need a central defender following the injury to
Angelo Ogbonna who is out for the rest of the season.
At the same time, signing a solid back-up striker is also
necessary. Michail Antonio is the lone striker at the club, and the Hammers are
lacking options in that department.
While gradual development is the way forward, no doubt, the owners will have to understand that it’s not easy to break into the top four every year without sufficient investment.
West Ham have a great chance of securing a Champions League spot this season, and the club must back Moyes in the transfer market to buy quality players that can help achieve the dream.
Kretinsky completed a purchase of a 27% stake in West Ham in a deal worth about £180m-£200m earlier this month that made him the second-largest shareholder at the club.
In other West Ham news, David Moyes revealed his Europa League ambition ahead of the game against Rapid Vienna.
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