West Ham learn to expect the unexpected on deadline day
Transfer deadline day can put paid to even the best laid plans.
This summer, West Ham United have enthused their fans with some exciting signings and not an insignificant amount of cash splashed.
With the transfer record broken for Felipe Anderson and other big-name signings like Andriy Yarmolenko and Jack Wilshere added to the team, the Hammers have had a slick summer behind the scenes. On social media, too, they’ve had a good window, producing understated yet engaging transfer videos for each of their players that showed quite a bit of thought and strategy.
And so on deadline day – which comes just hours before the start of the new season this year – they had prepared another great video for a new signing.
With Fantasy Premier League enthusiasts all over the world thinking about getting their teams in before the start of the new campaign, the Hammers’ social media account announced their new signing, Lucas Perez from Arsenal, by mocking up a video to include his name in the FPL player selection.
Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy? pic.twitter.com/Wl0Ul9VifT
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) August 9, 2018
It throws a spanner in the works for West Ham fans who will be hoping their new attacker will shine in Manuel Pellegrini’s team this season and bag a fair few goals – both for his real team and for some fantasy teams, too.
But there was also a spanner in the works for the Hammers, too – instead of the announcement being made by the club’s bespoke transfer video, they were beaten to the punch by another new signing, Jack Wilshere, who posted an image of his former Gunners teammate Perez in the training ground dressing room on his Instagram Stories.
Given the fee, great deal – Sanchez still to come before 5pm, whether Wilshere announces that or not we'll wait and see. pic.twitter.com/Lm4pLFgAPi
— Jack Rosser (@JackRosser_) August 9, 2018
Not that anyone at the club will mind too much, and the video still did well in terms of engagement. But on deadline day, expect the unexpected.
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