Firstly, the lack of width has been addressed through the signing of Pablo Barrera who excelled in Mexico's World Cup campaign. Then, stone-faced Grant convinced Frederic Piquionne to sign on the dotted line, providing cover and competition for Carlton Cole. Thirdly, the lack of a quality playmaker was alleviated when Thomas "Der Hammer" Hitzlsperger joined the Hammers. And now, that final piece of jigsaw is complete once Kiwi Reid steps through Boleyn Park. He is the right type of versatile defender West Ham need, able to play in that problematic right back slot as well as provide cover for Da Costa and Upson at centreback.
His performance for New Zealand had been very impressive and I like the fact that Reid has the look of a composed and cultured footballer. Central defenders are typically commanding and Reid showed that he has the height, build and athleticism to shore up the West Ham defence.
Here's a tribute from Thefcmidtjylland on Winston Reid. Their loss is West Ham's gain.
With Ryan Nelsen and Chris Woods also plying their trade in the English Premier League, Winston Reid will have company and the needed guidance to be a success in Upton Park. West Ham have indeed found themselves a great bargain in this young brilliant international who has the mentality and ability to be a Hammers legend.