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Hutchison: West Ham summer signings not Premier League standard

Former West Ham midfielder Don Hutchison feels they're struggling this season over their poor summer market.

The Hammers spent over £40million in the transfer window where Slaven Bilic brought in 13 players including striker Simone Zaza, winger Sofiane Feghouli and club record signing Andre Ayew, who was injured in his first appearance.

Hutchison told Bwin: “The main thing for me is the new signings. Last year Slaven Bilic saw all of his signings hit the ground running and adapt straight away, which in itself is rare. This summer, West Ham thought they were going to be in the Europa League and so they've signed 13 new players to create a squad designed to compete on all fronts.

“Unfortunately, they've gone out early to Astra Giurgiu and now they are left with players who are not up to Premier League standard.

Andre Ayew I think is up to the level, but the likes of Gokhan Tore and Arthur Masuaku are nowhere near Premier League and West Ham standards. Going out of Europe so early leaves West Ham with a big squad, but not one necessarily equipped to perform week-in, week-out in the Premier League."

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