To his credit, Manuel Pellegrini has done a tremendous job in identifying the team’s weaknesses and intervening to correct them. The arrival of Fabien Balbuena from Corinthians should augment the quality of our defence.
The talented Paraguayan defender was confirmed as an official West Ham player last week, and his arrival should strengthen a defence that was incredibly leaky last season – conceding a dreadful total of 68 goals in 38 league games.
Alongside the arrival of Diop, the pair will provide us with invaluable competition in defensive positions, which could be of exceeding benefit to the entirety of our defence.
Upon arriving at the London Stadium, Balbuena expressed his happiness at joining the club. The following quotes are from our official website.
“I’m really excited for this new challenge, and my target is to meet the demands of the Premier League.”
“Obviously to be at West Ham is an extra motivation, and I want to do my best to help the team.”
Here’s how West Ham supporters responded to his arrival on Twitter.
This could be the coup of the season. £3.5m and been really highly rated. Excited to see the general in action!
— Brad Palmer (@Mr_BA6) July 14, 2018
Welcome to West Ham! Solid signing ⚒⚒
— joe (@RemarkableRice) July 14, 2018
A thing of beauty #WelcomeBalbuena
— West Ham in the Blood (@WestHamBlood) July 14, 2018
— Benj ⚒ (@BenCGAL) July 14, 2018
Excellent news , welcome. Rumours are our record signing is about to be smashed this afternoon but this signing is just as important another defender to help sure up a leaky back line
— Paul Foreman (@pauljames87) July 14, 2018
Proper old school this fella. Will be a fan fav!!
— ⚒ Lee Thomas ⚒ (@Lee_Thomas1807) July 14, 2018
Natural leader. Vicious tackler. Huge aerial threat. Pinpoint accurate long range passes. Great signing!
— Tyrone Holmes (@Ayymok) July 14, 2018
What are your thoughts? Let us know!