Scott Parker may have moved on to Tottenham, but West Ham has moved quickly to bring in two players who should bring real quality to the Championship. David Bentley and Henri Lansbury have both joined the club in season-long loans.
Lansbury spent much of last season on loan at Norwich City, helping the club win promotion to the Premier League. There were rumours that Lansbury might be set for a permanent switch to Norfolk, but it is unclear if Arsenal would be prepared to sell the player at this stage.
In a way, it is interesting that Lansbury has been allowed to leave Arsenal at all, considering Arsene Wenger had said that the player would get a chance in the first team this season. Lansbury has also made appearances for Arsenal from the bench already in the Premier League this season. But it seems that it has been decided that Lansbury's further education is best served by playing more regularly in the Championship.
West Ham will be getting a player that is technically very good, with great vision and passing ability to create chances for his new teammates. Lansbury also likes to get forward, and has a tendency to score goals himself. He also has a fantastic engine and work rate, which is sure to make him a fan favourite this season.
David Bentley’s career has been going down the toilet at Tottenham, so he needed to get out and play some football. If the player can recapture the form that he showed at Blackburn after leaving Arsenal, then West Ham should create plenty of chances.
Clearly, losing the services of Scott Parker is disappointing. However, the England midfielder was never going to put up with playing Championship football. West Ham fans should look to the future and remember that the club could well be back in the Premier League next season. There is no reason why Lansbury and Bentley can’t become permanent additions to the squad.
Overall, even though Parker has now gone, the West Ham squad looks in good shape and the club is clearly in a good position to gain automatic promotion this season. It’s also good to see a number of English players in the squad, and that should put the Hammers in good stead when the club is back in the Premier League. With the move to the Olympic Stadium and an experienced manager at the helm, things are going to get a lot better.