Category Archives: West Ham United

Pellegrini’s Hammers Set for Top Half Finish

It was a new era for the club when moving to the London Stadium in 2016, which promised fans a next level of football and a more competitive team to challenge for the European spots. However, after two difficult seasons with incidents off and on the pitch, the board steadied the ship by appointing a big name in Manuel Pellegrini, and allowing a £100 million war chest to sign some top players that the fans had been wanting to see since the move.

After the summer of big spending had concluded, Pellegrini’s side had completed the signings of highly regarded players, which included the likes of Felipe Anderson, for a record fee of £45 million from Lazio, Issa Diop, another young promising centre half from Toulouse and Andriy Yarmelenko, a seasoned pro from Dortmund. West Ham fans were expecting that this was the season that would kick start their progression to the next level and enable them to compete for the European spots. This however, was not the reality, and after four games into the season West Ham found themselves rock bottom of the Premier League with zero points. Pellegrini kept the faith with his side, and the wins eventually came. Results against Everton, Manchester United and Burnley saw the Hammers begin to climb the table. Over Christmas, the Hammers experienced their best ever festive period, with fifteen out of a possible eighteen points, which rocketed the club into 8th position.

As the season has progressed into the new year, West Ham picked up wins against Arsenal, Fulham and Newcastle, and draws against Liverpool and Crystal Palace, which has kept them hot on the heels of Wolverhampton Wanderers who are having a fantastic season and are two points ahead of the Hammers in 7th. The return of Manuel Lanzini has boosted Pellegrini’s hopes of reaching the Europa League spot, and having come back from 3-1 down against Huddersfield last week to win 4-3, this will give the side confidence going into their crucial fixture against Everton this Saturday, as the side look to complete the double over the Toffee’s for the first time in Premier League history.

As the club look forward to the conclusion of this season, Pellegrini is already looking at reinforcements for next season, as many players are expected to leave in the summer such as Andy Carroll, Winston Reid, Lucas Perez, Arthur Masuaku and Marko Arnautovic. There are reported talks with Maxi Gomez of Celta Vigo, who has attracted interest from Barcelona, for a fee of around £45 million. The signing of a player of this caliber would bolster the Hammers’ attack, and become a suitable replacement for Marko Arnautovic, who seems set to move to China. The next window will allow Pellegrini to complete the squad that he desires and therefore allow the Hammers to aim to finish higher up the table next season. With a 60,000 person stadium capacity, the club is progressing to become one of England’s top seven clubs, and with further guidance under Pellegrini the Hammers fans can look forward to climbing the table and getting ever closer to the European spots.

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Should West Ham stick with David Moyes beyond this season?

David Moyes came into the West Ham job in mid-November, replacing Slaven Bilic who had left the Hammers in a huge relegation scrap still in the first half of the season.

The Moyes era at the London Stadium has been mixed, with impressive results such as the 1-0 win over Chelsea, 4-1 away at Huddersfield Town and the emphatic 3-0 win at the Bet365 Stadium.

However, there have also been disappointing results including the 3-0 loss at home to Burnley, the FA Cup defeat to League One Wigan Athletic and the 4-1 loss in South Wales against Swansea City.

One noticeable thing about Moyes is that he is improving performances of the squad and compared to the Bilic era, the West Ham team are attacking more and are on the whole, improving the atmosphere in the London Stadium.

It is also clear to see that summer signing Marko Arnautovic has become an incredible Hammers player since the Scot took the helm, scoring all of his nine goals under the former Manchester United man.

West Ham, after the 1-1 draw against Stoke City at home, are in 14th place, with the opportunity to climb two places with their game in hand on Watford.

Moyes has guided the club to seven points ahead of the drop zone, just eight points off eighth place. If Moyes were given a full summer transfer window with the chance to bring in his players then he could build on the squad he has clearly improved already, build more and guide the club up the Premier League table.

West Ham do you want to see David Moyes in the managerial hot seat next season? If not who do you want to in charge of your team? Let us know in the comments section…

Could David Moyes be reunited​ with this Premier League midfielder?

West Ham United have turned their fortunes around under David Moyes since he took over from Slaven Bilic back in November, but with the club sitting just 2 points above the relegation zone and the fact that it is the Scots first transfer window in charge of the club he will be looking to bring some of his own players into the club.

There have been reports that the club had a £5m bid for AFC Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter rejected this month, a position that Moyes is obviously looking to strengthen in. With that in mind, the club could turn their attention to Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini.

Marouane Fellaini – The Belgian midfielder is believed to be considering his future at Old Trafford, despite being offered an improved contract by the ‘Red Devils’, and manager Jose Mourinho wants him to stay at the club.

With West Ham in the market for a midfielder and the fact that David Moyes has worked with Fellaini at both Everton and Manchester United, could he take him to the London Stadium?

Fellaini has come off the bench most of the time this season and has had to play second fiddle to the likes of Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera but with Moyes looking to strengthen his midfield, he could well be seen as a first choice at West Ham alongside Mark Noble.

West Ham fans would you take Fellaini at the London Stadium? Let us know your thoughts in the comments…

Carlton Cole to Crystal Palace?

Seven games of pure torture for Eagles fans.

It’s the worst start to a season ever in English football with no goals in 7, one manager sacked after 4 losses and Roy Hodgson on 3, next weekends game is going got be vital.

The ultimate question is, can Carlton Cole bring a change at Selhurst Park?

It’s been 2 years since Carlton Cole graced the Premier League at West Ham, he’s had short spells at Celtic and Sacramento Republic but now can be found in Indonesia with Persib Bandung (Persib) where he has made 5 appearances but no goals.

However with an impressive record of 57 goals in 289 appearances in the Premier League it’s no wonder Crystal Palace are keep to scoop him up.

Palace currently have Christian Benteke who scored 15 goals last seas is injured along with Ruben Loftus – Cheek who is currently on loan from Chelsea and has been playing further forward with Benteke.

Could Cole be the answer?

He’s 33 years old with his best Premier League season in 08-09 at West Ham when he scored 10 goals in 27 games.

After being relegated in 2011 with West Ham, Cole did score 14 goals in 40 games during the 2011/12 season which led to promotion back to the Premier League after beating Blackpool 2-1 in the Play-offs.

However Cole could help Palace with his experience in English football as well as leadership which Palace need in bucket loads at the moment.

If not a goal scorer, Cole certainly could be a vital figure in a dressing room that seems to be extremely lost this season.

 

 

 

3 reason West Ham should stick with Slavan Bilic

Its fair to say after the summer transfer window, many thought that West Ham would get off to a terrific start this season, and push for a top half finish. Bringing in the likes of Joe Hart, Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic, gave ‘Hammers’ supporters hope and optimism, but the start of the season hasn’t supported that.

After just 1 victory in their opening 4 fixtures, some supporters are questioning whether Slavan Bilic is the right man for the job. It’s not the first time that Bilic has been under the cosh since he has been with the club, but he managed to silence the critics on Monday evening when West Ham beat newly promoted Huddersfield Town 2-0.

We look at 3 reasons why West Ham should stick with Slavan Bilic, despite their slow start to the new Premier League campaign.

Recruitment – The owners have back the Croatian manager in the transfer market this summer, spending in the region of £40m. The signings that the club have bought in have been of a higher calibre than in the past and this shows the pull that the club under Bilic has.

Only 4 games into the new season, is far to early to start thinking about replacing a manager. The club and its supporters need to rally around the team and manager and allow him time to embed his playing style on the new recruits and the rest of the playing staff.

Played for the club – Having played for the club in the 90s, Bilic knows the club well and even though Everton came calling in his playing days, he remained with the ‘Hammers’ until the end of the 1997 campaign, to ensure they stayed in the Premier League.

With this in mind, its shows his loyalty to the club and he also knows what the fans demand and expect from there team, and also can sell the club well to any new incoming players.

Previous seasons experience – Having both played and managed in the Premier League, Bilic knows what is required to get the best out of his team. Calling upon all his experience last season he guided West Ham to an 11th place finish, and after the recruitment the club have done this summer, that could turn into a higher placed finish this season.

West Ham fans do you think that you should stand by Slavan Bilic? If not who would you like to see in the hotseat? Let us know in the comments…