As we prepare for this weekend's clash with mighty Burnley, it's increasingly clear that ex-Hammer Matt Taylor will not be present to do a Chamakh on the visiting Hammers as he remains sidelined by an achilles problem that now requires surgery. No doubt the loss of Taylor will dent Burnley's confidence as he put in some decent performances during their first four games of the season before missing September through injury.
Otherwise, the Clarets have a number of players returning, with Danny Ings possibly the most notable. West Ham will hope to have Cheikidh Kouyate and Mark Noble available and have avoided any injury problems during the international break.
Never the less, the match will provide an opportunity for Hammers fans to recall Taylor's crucial contribution for the Bubbles when his determined run from defence in the championship play off final against Blackpool, was followed by a deft pass to Carlton 'Killer' Cole who slotted away the all important first goal that settled our nerves after a shaky start to the match.
Hammers will also experience further PTSD when they recall the many knicker-wetting moments that followed before we crawled home and made it back to the Premiership!
Best of luck Matt in your efforts to regain fitness.
We reckon on another classy performance from the buoyant Hammers, but not without a gutsy effort from Burnley.....Nostradamus says to put your cash on a 3-1 away win as the Hammers exotic strike force will prove too tasty for Burnley!