Thursday, 16 September 2021

Moyes Shows his Flamboyant side for Europa Opener


It's a big shake up in the starting XI as the Hammers take on Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia in an hour's time.

Vlad Coufal gets a well earned rest and Vlasic gets a chance to show his stuff alongside Manny Lanzini and Fornals.

There's no rest for Antonio, Rice or Soucek.

Weirdly, Areola is on the bench along with Mark Noble and Alex Kral!!!

Perhaps most interesting is the "future" CB pairing of Zouma and Diop.

This will be interesting!

Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Zouma, Cresswell, Rice, Soucek, Lanzini, Vlasic, Fornals, Antonio

 

Substitutes: Areola, Randolph, Coufal, Yarmolenko, Dawson, Noble, Bowen, Ogbonna, Benrahma, Masuaku, Johnson, Kral

 

Tuesday, 31 August 2021

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Alex Kral bude skvělým přírůstkem do týmu a skvělým spoluhráčem pro Vladimíra Coufala a Tomáše Součka, kteří jsou po mnoho let nejlepšími novými hráči ve West Hamu. Ať jste během svého pobytu v Londýně šťastná a prosperující a neměňte prosím svůj úžasný účes. Všichni se těšíme, až vás uvidíme hrát za tým.

Hodně štěstí Alexi!
COYI!!!

What will Moyes' Starting XI be with new signings

It's been a good transfer window for West ham with the arrival of a number of quality signings. David Moyes vowed to only bring in players who would push for starting places in the side and with Vlasic, Kral and Zouma has delivered.

And now he has 12 days to ponder on his starting eleven as the International break means that the Hammers next outing is on September 11th at Southampton. 

The game against Palace ended with a sense of two points lost and in retrospect both of Conor Gallagher's goals were poorly defended against with our defensive midfielders nowhere in sight when you couls argue that they should have been tracking Gallagher.

In addition, Craig Dawson was too easily turned for both games, while Angelo Ogbonna is still getting up to speed. As such, it won't be any surprise if Zouma is thrown straight into the mix, with Dawson the likely loser. 

In midfield the situation is much more complex as Moyes now has the option of playing a more cagey midfield with Kral and Rice in holding roles with Soucek being loosened up to play in a more forward role.

The Hammers also need to look at set pieces as we have gone from a fearsome unit where opponents were terrified about conceding corners, to a much less threatening side. The delivery is one factor, but also the Rice, Antonio, Soucek, Dawson threat seems to be less well co-ordinated. We can expect Zouma to bolster this with his aerial prowess.

As for Nikola Vlasic, we can expect that Moyes will initially stay loyal to the effective unit of Bowen, Fornals and Benrahma, but Vlasic will be looking to get some game time in the final 15-20 minutes to show what he can do and to that end we might see a more timely and assertive use of substitutions by Moyes in coming games.

Either way, our options have greatly increased!

COYI!!!

Hammers wary of Desperate last ditch bid to steal Rice


With 90 minutes left in the transfer window it's squeaky-bum time for many clubs ss they try to bring in much needed reinforcements while also holding on to their key players.

Declan Rice stalled negotiations on a new contract beyond 2024 waiting to see if West ham were going to match his ambition and so far that appears to be the case with the signings of Zouma, Vlasic and Kral Hammers fans can be happy that they have brought in players likely to push for places in the starting XI.

A striker would be the cherry to top their transfer window cake and many fans are hoping that a last ditch deal can bring in back up for Michail Antonio.

Otherwise, they have successfully staved off attempts to prise club captain Declan Rice from their ranks but as the picture above demonstrates, they need to beware of the brute force and determination of the likes of Chelsea and Man Utd.

Fingers crossed for one more signing - a striker - and no unwanted departures. 

It's looking like Messrs Gold and Sullivan have done well today and strengthened the team for a busy season ahead!

5pm Update: Hammers in busy deadline day shenanigans


It's almost 5pm and the excitement is building. Here's an update on Hammers-related transfer deadline day news...

Nico Vlasic: This deal looks all but done and seems like good business as at 23 years old and after two excellent seasons at CSKA Moscow, he looks ready to return to the Premiership. Both skillful and physical, he would suit the current Hammers squad where Moyes likes a bit of bite and energy. This deal looks 90% certain to go through as he is reportedly on his way to sign on the dotted line.


Nicolas Tagliafico: the Ajax left back has been a surprise latecomer to the possible 'in' list. The 28 year old has 33 caps for Argentina and would bring competition at left back. The reported fee of £12 million seems like a good deal but he is in South America at present and we suspect this one won't happen unless other signings falter.


Gaetan Laborde: Montpellier are clearly happy to let him go for circa £15 million but it is unclear whether West ham really see him as the solution to their back up striker issue. Although a 'proper' striker, he can play out wide and would seem to fit well to the Moyes rotating front line system. We rate this one at less than 50% likelihood of completion.


Jesse Lingard: the £15 million deal is apparently now stalling due to 'family reasons'Lingard  but tellingly kept apartment in East London over the Summer. Sunday's game at Wolves emphasised his position at Man Utd and with Ronaldo arriving may not even make the matchday squad as the season progresses. We reckon this will finally get over the line at the last moment!


Ruben Loftus Cheek - the energetic midfielder could reignite his career under Headmaster Moyes but the loan deal with Chelsea is rumoured to cost £10 million which seems excessive. There may be some last minute shuffling of figures as his opportunities in a packed Chelsea squad are slim. 


Conor Coventry to Peterborough game time but disappointing given his pre-season performances and need for player depth for the Europa League. Given the likely involvement of Rice and Soucek for their respective countries, and Mark Noble's slowing with age, letting Coventry go seems a poor decision


Could there be late exits for Yarmolenko, Lanzini or Randolph, all of whom look to have limited contributions to make in the coming season but have huge wages?

Monday, 30 August 2021

The likelihood of 'ins and outs' rated as the final hours of the window are here



Nico Vlasic: This deal looks all but done and seems like good business as at 23 years old and after two excellent seasons at CSKA Moscow, he looks ready to return to the Premiership. Both skillful and physical, he would suit the current Hammers squad where Moyes likes a bit of bite and energy. This deal looks 90% certain to go through as he is reportedly on his way to sign on the dotted line.


Nicolas Tagliafico: the Ajax left back has been a surprise latecomer to the possible 'in' list. The 28 year old has 33 caps for Argentina and would bring competition at left back. The reported fee of £12 million seems like a good deal but he is in South America at present and we suspect this one won't happen unless other signings falter.


Gaetan Laborde: Montpellier are clearly happy to let him go for circa £15 million but it is unclear whether West ham really see him as the solution to their back up striker issue. Although a 'proper' striker, he can play out wide and would seem to fit well to the Moyes rotating front line system. We rate this one at less than 50% likelihood of completion.


Jesse Lingard: the £15 million deal is apparently now stalling due to 'family reasons'Lingard  but tellingly kept apartment in East London over the Summer. Sunday's game at Wolves emphasised his position at Man Utd and with Ronaldo arriving may not even make the matchday squad as the season progresses. We reckon this will finally get over the line at the last moment!


Ruben Loftus Cheek - the energetic midfielder could reignite his career under Headmaster Moyes but the loan deal with Chelsea is rumoured to cost £10 million which seems excessive. There may be some last minute shuffling of figures as his opportunities in a packed Chelsea squad are slim. 


Conor Coventry to Peterborough game time but disappointing given his pre-season performances and need for player depth for the Europa League. Given the likely involvement of Rice and Soucek for their respective countries, and Mark Noble's slowing with age, letting Coventry go seems a poor decision


Could there be late exits for Yarmolenko, Lanzini or Randolph, all of whom look to have limited contributions to make in the coming season but have huge wages?


Striker Signs as the Real Business Kicks in at West Ham

In a market that has been thin on available strikers West ham have signaled their intentions with a bold move today.

Desperately needing back up for Michail Antonio, the Hammers signed a new contract with starlet Mipo Odubeko and then promptly sent him on loan to Huddersfield!

While that might seem crazy given the lads potential and the need for an understudy to Antonio, it indicates that the club must be confident of bringing in a second striker before the transfer window closes at 11pm tomorrow.

Odubeko made the first team squad on 18 occasions last year, highlighting how close he is to making the big breakthrough. The domestic cup and Europa League games would surely have been opportunities for him to push on with game time but he is obviously not seen as needed just yet for the first team. His departure creates space for incoming players. 

The club have been quiet about their dealings and must surely be about to spring a surprise. With so many clubs hurting financially due to loss of revenue, who knows what players might come up for a last minute deal?

One thing is for sure, failure to bring in a second striker would be foolish in the extreme given the expanded fixture list Moyes' men face with Europa league action.

It's hotting up!

COYI!!!