Monday, 29 August 2016

Who Should be our starting striker? Have your say in our new poll

As rumours continue to grow that Wilfried Bony may be switching to West ham before the transfer widow closes, Mr Bilic will hopefully soon be left with the unusual problem of deciding who is our best starting striker!

News that Andre Ayew may be back considerably sooner than was expected, along with arrival of Simone Zaza and the excellent recent contributions of Ashley Fletcher, lend themselves to a difficult choice for the canny Croat.

The options are so varied and exciting that some fans feel we should kick for touch and send for the services of Carlton Cole as a compromise candidate!

Or maybe just leave it to Dimitri Payet to bang in the goals and let the strikers get back to the real task of negotiating even bigger salaries!!!

Let us know what you think in our latest fans poll.


Oh No! What's going on with Payet now?

SuperSlaven Bilic really needs to clear up what's going on with Dimitri Payet. rested (again) for Sunday's visit to the Etihad, he seems well and fit to link in with Les Bleus for international duty! David Gold has tweeted to reassure fans that Dimitri is going nowhere (rather like the club over the past fortnight!), but pictures of Payet ready to contribute to the France squad serve to raise concerns about what is really going on - particularly since the transfer window is still most definitely open!

Only SuperSlav will settle our nerves about Dimitri - maybe it's time he admitted that he didn't think we could get a result at the Etihad and decided to spare Payet the hassle of trying to prevent an inevitable defeat? Interestingly, we had a free kick in Payet territory during the match that might have squared things before the Sterling breakaway goal...

Even more difficult to fathom - what on earth is he wearing right now? It really is Naff Naff......Mrs Payet, you need to take your man in hand!


Sunday, 28 August 2016

Hammers Fans Want Sakho Back!

West Ham have endured a poor start to the new season where they have continued their underwhelmimg form from the preseason tours of the US and Austria with an early exit from the Europa League and two losses in their opening three Premiership games. A key issue has been the lack of goalscoring prowess, with a lack of an experienced striker hindering their progress.

Yesterday's team for the visit comprised of two 20 year old newbies leading the line against the £100-plus defensive unit of Man City. little wonder then that the Hammers were overpowered and lucky to avoid a proper hiding.

All the while Diafra Sakho is waiting in the background. having blotted his copybook with a petulant refusal to do the preseason tours, Sakho then failed a medical at West brom (some observers think that they realised he had more than just physical ailments and pulled the plug!) and is now working to try to get sufficiently fit to play again - for whom, however, remains a mystery!

Last week's excellent performances of Ashley Fletcher coupled with the arrival of Simone Zaza almost certainly signal the end for Sakks, but amazingly, despite his disloyalty to the club, a recent poll indicated that Hammers fans are willing to forgive with almost 2/3 (64%) indicating that they think SuperSlav should bring him back , while another 19% would take him back if he gives a clear commitment to behave himself. In fact only 2% would deny him another chance under any circumstances, while another 15% felt he shouldn't return.

Whatever the fans wishes, it seems unlikely that Sakho will play for the Hammers at the Olympic stadium as he will soon be one of six strikers. Moreover, rumours suggest that Sakho's back problems are a major issue and that the club may be lumbered with an unusable but expensive talent........again!

Next up it'd home against Watford on 10th September. The break will give us valuable time to regroup.



Defensive Madness Continues as Hammers Name Cagey Starting XI

The starting XI has been named for todays's visit to the Etihad. while many attentions will be on the selection of 20 year old Ashley Fletcher who starts up front, the side looks very defensive with three centre backs and Michail Antonio apparently returning to the right-sided defensive berth instead of Sam Byram who drops to the bench.

Playing three centre backs suggests that SuperSlav plans to keep it miserly and tight but, in truth, with limited attacking options to support young Fletcher, he will need to play a blinder to make an impact. Hammers fans will be hoping that Gokhan Tore and Enner Valencia can suddenly hit unexpected top form, otherwise it looks like a backs to the wall effort. Possession stats are likely to tell a story of City domination which, given their offensive options, makes a clean sheet a big ask for Adrian who is celebrating his recent call up to the Spanish national squad.

Worryingly, Dimi Payet is still not ready - even for the bench! The return of Manny Lanzini (starting as a sub) is somewhat positive but it's really hard to see West ham getting something from this and the bookies have quoted them at 5-1 for the draw and 11-1 to win. SuperSlav has proven the sceptics wrong many times before, but with a lightweight bench it's hard to see how we will respond if we go behind. The sensible money is being held back for another day.

Team: West Ham United: Adrian, Antonio, Collins, Reid, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Noble, Kouyate, Töre, Fletcher, Valencia.  Subs: Randolph, Byram, Burke, Oxford, Obiang, Lanzini, Calleri



Saturday, 27 August 2016

Hammers sign the new Gazza

With the arrival of their latest capture, West ham suddenly risk the possibility of having an embarrassment of riches up front. If SuperSlav can tame Sakho, we might hit December with the choice of any from Carroll, Ayew, Calleri, Fletcher, Sakho, and now Simone Zaza!

The Italian international has arrived in a season-long loan, with an option to make the arrangement more permanent if he gels. While our rivals may well snigger as Zaza brings to mind his awful penalty at Euro 2016, Hammers fans will know him for his stunning strike against us for Juve a few weeks back; surely the best goal to be scored at the Olympic stadium so far?

In pictures that serve to confirm his arrival, Mr Sullivan's persuasive negotiating style is laid to bear; who could possibly argue with a man who meets you to discuss terms in his boxer shorts? Where would you look? Even the most brazen soccer superstars would melt into submission and surely agree to anything to get out of there!

Meanwhile, Hammers fans have developed a reputation for top quality tribute songs for their players and the race is on to find a suitable chant for Zaza. Let's hope he scores soon so we can put our suggestions to the test....

And don't forget, Zaza rhymes with Gazza....there's simply got to be an angle there?

Friday, 26 August 2016

Another Howler from SuperSlav!!!

Its been a tough week for Hammers head honcho Slaven Bilic. A host of new injuries coupled with an embarrassingexit from the Europa League have provoked a negative cloud to descend upon the Olympic Stadium.

However, SuperSlav is a fantastic communicator and in typical fashion tried to turn the issue of fans booing his underperforming side on its head.

Bilic stated that he was pleased that fans booed as it indicated their passion and sensitivity towards what is going on on the pitch. He went on to express his belief that Hammers fans love their physical stoppers as much as the Di Canios and Bishops. He bemoaned the increasing tendency for referees to punish any physically robust play explaining how football "is not ballet"

Hmmmm. I doubt if Sir Alf G would agree! Slav rarely gets it wrong, so lets enjoy a rare howler from the great one.

They are laughing at us.....for now!

An early morning hello from a Chelsea fan

The fall out from last night's disappointing result against Astra Googly carried forward into this morning as many Hammers fans woke to the ecstatic banter of rical fans.

For sure the defeat left us with a bloodied lip, but the hysterical reactions of some fans are like the sort of embarrassing hissyfits we usually associate with Johnny-come-lately followers of Man U or Chelski!

Let rival fans enjoy their moment as West Ham's Ropey League exit makes us considerably more likely to beat other Premiership teams this season.

It's time for calm appraisal of our strengths - we haven't become useless over night and Bilic hasn't suddenly become a poor tactition.

In goals, Adrian is a top keeper and Dazza Randolph would be in the starting line ups for most Premiership sides.

At the back we have three top quality experienced centre backs along with the two most exciting young defensive talents in England in the Reeces. In particular, Winston Reid is amongst the top four CBs in the league. At full back we are adjusting to the (temporary) loss of Aaron Cresswell and have captured a player who might well make Cressy have to sweat for his starting place in 10 weeks time. On the right, Sam Byram is developing at a rapid pace and starting to look much more comfortable both in defence and offensively. And mercy of mercies, Slaven looks like he has finally realised yhat the Antonio-RB experiment doesn't work.

In midfield the Noble-Kouyate-Nordtveit combination looks like a match for most. Our attacking midfielders are more than exciting. Payrt is possibly the best player in the league while Lanzini is an able understudy. Feghouli looked very snappy until he was forced out by injury. Tore looks to be starting to  adjust to the Premiership, while Antonio is an unusual talent who also scores goals.

Up front we suddenly have Zaza, Carroll, Ayew, Calleri and the promising Fletcher. Salho may yet return to add his abrasive style to the mix.

All in all, its our best squad ever and best manager since John Lyall. Laugh now boys, we are looking forward to taking more than a few scalps on our Premiership travels this year. "Smile-wipe-face-from" come to mind. Hammers fans need to take a leaf from Michail Antonio's book of loyalty right now and show a bit of belief.