...we will be renamed West Ham All Stars before you know it! How good are these players? Well worryingly Allardyce has no idea. As he admitted on Radio 5, he doesn't bother to check out players personally, he trusts to his scouts. Whereas Stoke's Tony Pulis insists on seeing a player perform live before he offers for him, Doctor Evil is happy to trust to reports and video tapes.
All those that claim you can only judge a team's performance by attending a game should note that Allardyce thinks it is perfectly possible to decide on whether to invest millions on a player purely on the basis of a scout's report and seeing him on TV or YouTube.
It looks to me as if he is signing a motley crew on the cheap with little or no idea as to their ability to perform in the Championship, never mind the Premier League should we be promoted. And despite being linked with an assortment of Done Nothings, none offer width or creativity, the key ingredients lacking at present.