TalkSPORT presenter Rory Jennings has blasted West Ham as ‘Dr Frankenstein’, and says the club have ‘created a monster’ over the sale of Declan Rice.
Rice made the move to Arsenal last week for an initial £100m with an extra £5m available in achievable add-ons – making Rice the most expensive player in British history.
Whilst securing such a high sum is good for any club, Jenkins believes West Ham have created a rod for their own backs in terms of incomings at the London Stadium this summer because selling clubs know they have a significant war chest to play with:
“West Ham United are Dr Frankenstein, they created a monster and that monster is now consuming them,” Jennings said.
“They made it so that lavish, exorbitant sums were needed to get anywhere near a player. They made it so difficult for anybody because of the amount of money that they set.
“You’ve got to remember one day after winning that trophy, the first time West Ham United won a trophy since 1980, one day later their chairman was on talkSPORT acknowledging that he was for sale, acknowledging that he was for sale for the right price.
“So they created a world where it was all about the seller. What they did was, they made sure that everybody knew firstly that West Ham are now caked, they’re caked, they’ve got loads of money at their disposal.
“So there are two problems here; West Ham are caked and they have a Declan Rice-shaped hole in their midfield, so two and two makes a Christmas cake.”
West Ham will not be able to replace Rice with a player as good as the Englishman as there are few of those around, but whoever they sign, they will likely have to overpay for.