With the summer transfer market in full swing, Premier League teams are frantically trying to improve their respective squads ahead of next season.
While the likes of Everton and Bournemouth are getting their business done early, West Ham United fans have been left largely frustrated with their lack of new additions so far.
Pablo Zabaleta has been added to the Hammers squad on a free transfer after his Manchester City contract expired, in a shrewd move that will solve Slaven Bilic’s problems at right-back.
However, West Ham fans will surely concur that a number of other positions need to be bolstered if the London Stadium club are to be fighting for a place in the Premier League top six in 2017-18.
A new number nine is a clear priority, with the Hammers failing to land a recognised striker of note last summer and struggling in 2016-17 as a consequence.
Other areas that could well be improved include in attacking midfield and in goal.
Moving forward, West Ham need to learn from previous transfer mistakes and should look at Bournemouth as a classic example for their recruitment.
The Hammers turned to the foreign market last summer and ended up bringing the likes of Simone Zaza, Jonathan Calleri, Sofiane Feghouli and Havard Nordtveit to the London Stadium.
With three of these four men already having left the club after failing to make an impact in the Premier League, signing players with experience of the English top flight should be in West Ham’s sights this time around.
In Asmir Begovic, Nathan Ake and Jermain Defoe, Bournemouth have added three impressive new faces that surely would have been welcomed with open arms by the Hammers fans.
The Bosnian goalkeeper would have been an upgrade on West Ham’s current two stoppers, while the veteran striker could have offered the predatory edge that has been missing for the London club in recent years.
I have previously covered how Ake could well have been the missing puzzle piece in the West Ham defence, but again the Hammers have missed out after reported interest.
With other transfer targets for Bilic’s men being named thick and fast in the media, the London club should look to take a leaf out of Bournemouth’s book by trying to sign players with Premier League experience and a proven track record rather than new men from abroad.