Benrahma confirmed: West Ham’s last 10 signings from the Championship
West Ham have completed the eye-catching signing of Brentford forward Said Benrahma on loan with an agreement to buy next summer.
Benrahma scored 17 goals in the Championship last year, winning Brentford’s Supporters’ Player of the Year, and the 25-year-old joins the Hammers in a deal that could come to the total cost of £30million.
While the Hammers have acquired a reputation for being a graveyard of talent, there have been some successes among their arrivals from the second tier, and we’ve looked back at their last 10 signings from the Championship and how each player fared.
Jarrod Bowen – £20m
He’s only been at the club since January, but Bowen has already proven one of West Ham’s best signings for years.
Signed from Hull, the forward has added pace and invention into an attack that previously broke out into a sprint precisely twice a season.
Bowen has scored goals in thumping wins over Wolves and Leicester and is currently keeping more celebrated team-mates such as Andriy Yarmolenko out of the side.
A definite success so far.
Darren Randolph – £4m
Purchased to ensure the hilariously bad Roberto never played a first-team match again, Randolph is another example of a player West Ham have re-signed after attempting to move on to better things (hello, Carlton Cole).
The Republic of Ireland international was always likely to make way for Lukasz Fabianski once the regular custodian returned and Randolph played only three times last season – a solid draw with Everton followed by *checks notes* a thrashing at Leicester and a cup defeat to West Brom.
Probably still worth it though.
David Martin – Free
Signed from Millwall to provide a body for shooting practise in training, Martin became one of last season’s feel-good stories.
After keeping a clean sheet on his debut, a 1-0 win at Chelsea in November 2019, Martin broke down crying on the pitch afterwards before emotionally hugging his dad, former West Ham hero Alvin Martin, in the stands afterwards.
Martin kept another clean sheet in a crucial win at Southampton but made a decisive error in a loss at Sheffield United.
He’s unlikely to play for the club again, but we’ll always have Stamford Bridge.
What a debut ⚒️
33-year-old David Martin in tears at full-time as he keeps a clean sheet for boyhood club @WestHam on debut win over Chelsea
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 30, 2019
Jordan Hugill – £10m
The only possible explanation for Hugill’s arrival must have been the twice-weekly pangs David Moyes has for all things Preston.
Having sold Diafra Sakho and Andre Ayew, West Ham did need a back-up striker for their battle against relegation. However, Hugill played just 22 minutes for the club.
Loans at Middlesbrough and QPR followed before being sold to Norwich in summer 2020. He remains the very definition of a panic buy.
Michail Antonio – £7m
Signed in the days of Slaven Bilic and Upton Park from Nottingham Forest in 2015, Antonio vanished off the face of the earth before surfacing halfway through the 2015-16 season.
Since then, the barrelling striker has made himself part of the furniture at West Ham and contributed to some excellent moments. These including scoring in the final match at Upton Park, a four-goal haul against Norwich and netting the winner away at Tottenham before riding an invisible camel in celebration.
In a world full of d*ckheads, we must protect Michail Antonio at all costs.
On this day in 2019 West Ham beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in front of 60,043.
Michail Antonio scored the only goal as West Ham became the first team to beat Tottenham at their new stadium. pic.twitter.com/iOwF8n4UuL
— VINNYWHUFC (@vinnywhufc) April 27, 2020
Darren Randolph – Free
Yes, Randolph appears twice in this list. As an embodiment of West Ham’s transfer policy, this speaks volumes.
Having signed from Birmingham in 2015 to provide competition for Adrian, Randolph enjoyed extended periods in the first team after the Spaniard made an error. This ended at precisely the moment Randolph dropped the ball into his own net himself.
For a club that spends lavishly on attackers, Randolph was the quintessential West Ham defensive signing: cheap, decent enough but always liable to a huge mistake at any given moment.
Aaron Cresswell – £4m
While it’s easy to forget that Cresswell played for England, he has undeniably been a good servant for West Ham.
Hammer of the Year after his first season in east London, Cresswell made a name for himself with some sturdy defending, searching crosses and eye for goal.
He’s declined in recent years as he became more exposed at left-back, but a recent move to centre back has worked wonders for his form.
Another definite success.
Forgotten Goal #133
Aaron Cresswell vs Leicester City 17/4/16 pic.twitter.com/oDmwNnCV3N
— VINNYWHUFC (@vinnywhufc) November 12, 2017
Nicky Maynard – Undisclosed
A regular goalscorer at Championship level, Maynard was signed by Sam Allardyce from Bristol City in January 2012 to boost West Ham’s promotion chances.
The striker made little impact on the pitch but caused controversy in the West Country by claiming he’d rather his son grew up with a London accent than a Bristolian one.
Maynard was sold after promotion was secured, so not too much harm was done to any party.
Ricardo Vaz Te – Undisclosed
Without the goals of Vaz Te, West Ham could well still be stuck in the lower leagues.
Signed from Barnsley in January 2012 to bolster a stuttering promotion challenge, Vaz Te scored 12 goals as the club scrambled out of the Championship. This included the winner in the play-off final, despite doing his best to miss.
He didn’t quite re-capture this form in the Premier League, but he did score an impressively lucky goal during a 3-0 win at White Hart Lane.
For promotion alone, the signing of Vaz Te was worth it.
Stephen Henderson – Free
Another goalkeeper, another free transfer. It’s not hard to see a pattern developing here.
Taking advantage of Portsmouth’s well-documented financial troubles, Henderson was bought in on an emergency loan during the 2011-12 Championship promotion season and was an unused substitute in the play-off final win over Blackpool before signing on a permanent deal.
He made two League Cup appearances the following year before loan spells at Ipswich and Bournemouth. He left the club without playing a league match.
Still, West Ham have had worse.