Sunday 23 April 2017

Everton Performances Cause Planning Headache for Bilic

Yesterday's game brought another useful point as West Ham stumble towards Premiership safety. Most fans will probably be happy with the result given our poor form and injury problems. In addition, ending the embarrassing Lukaku goalscoring run against us was pleasing. Barring a bizarre conclusion to the season, West Ham are all but safe and next week's visit to a horribly out of sorts Stoke City should finally end all doubt about Premiership survival.

As such, the club can start looking to next year after a disappointing start to life at the Olympic Stadium. In truth, the Payet saga spurred the fans into a position of solidarity against the bad guy and brought some much needed unity to the club. At this stage the players are playing for their West Ham careers as the Summer will surely see a major clear out.

Against Everton, Arthur Masuaku had his best game yet for the club and looks like he might be a long term fixture at the club providing some much needed competition for Aaron Cresswell. Meanwhile, the return of Adrian will probably prevent him from seeking a new club to get first team football. Even Havard Nordtveit played well but one suspects that his goose is cooked as he has struggled to find first team action. James Collins was again excellent and will surely get the contract extension he is seeking.

Up front, Jonathan Calleri was again very disappointing and is surely set to leave in the coming months, while Andre Ayew has still to justify his transfer fee and salary. The Andy Carroll question goes on and on and although most fans would agree that he is a top striker when fit, he seems unlikely to ever become a reliably available force and is an expensive commodity given that he typically starts less than 50% of games for us.

All in all Slaven Bilic has plenty to ponder over the coming weeks as he plots the second season at the new stadium. The financial situation at the club is very healthy indeed and it looks like we can afford to really splash out this Summer.



  1. How can we fans feel happy with this result everton manager has stated it was there worst performance off the season billic is crowing how good we were how we have fallen in one year pathetic this can't go on otherwise it's relegation next year

  2. The reason Everton's performance was bad is because West Ham were first to the ball and did not give Everton a chance to settle down. Yes I am also disappointed with this season but it is now behind us let the club plan for next season and hopefully get some stability in our beautiful club player wise. The way the team played on Saturday showed guts and determination. Yes we need a few players but these players have to be footballers who want to play for a team and club and not for themselves or seeking this opportunity to shine and then move on to a bigger club. This club can achieve and reach big heights look what happened to Leicester last year. It is a team game not individual, but all have to perform to the best of their ability. What happened two years ago to us is exactly that, the team played as a team for the club, fans and each other. This year??? Payet caused major problems, that, then escalated to other players losing focus and injuries were the icing on the cake. Well done guys let us keep moving forward.

    1. Why has it taken this long for a decent display only four games to go

  3. agree a lot with what you say let's hope it's not a one off the payet situation was caused by a lack of ambition and playing style of billic overall very dissapointed though still feel we need a change of manager

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