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12 Dec 2018 17:13:21
Interested to know what everyone HONESTLY expects us to do in the Jan window?

My thoughts:
MP's mentality will always mean progress, even if we are effectively safe by Jan as he will be targeting 6th. Ironmike will be better at explaining what finances we have, and where we are with FFP, but i suspect we have to move players on before we can make permanent signings and accommodate Rice's pay rise.
Realistically, I see him improving SQUAD quality in a couple positions, UNLESS MP has an opportunity on someone he specifically wants for his long term plan.
Left back is the main issue. Masuaku is not good enough defensively. Sell if an offer comes and expect a young, or temporary addition (e. g. Monreal) to come and challenge Cresswell.
Oxford looks like he is going, and with Zaba retiring at end of season, and Fredricks injured, expect a RB to be on the cards.
Cover for Declan. With Sanchez out for the season and Ogbonna our only backup at CB then a backup DM is important. Interesting that Yaya Toure has had his pay-as-you-play contract cancelled amidst the Turkish financial crisis. Maybe a temporary option until end of season when Sanchez returns? We may well see reports of him training with us before the new year as his family is in London.
Creative player cover. With Snodders and Anderson our only established technical players fit, i expect Nasri to come in to provide depth and cover here. I do not expect us to spend big on anyone else here as we have Yarmolenko and Lanzini still to come back, and 3 very good youngsters in Diangana, Holland and Silva coming through.
Up front, I only see movement here if we sell players. Arnie rumours may be true, although i am not sure which club will want him RIGHT NOW. Many clubs need a Caroll in Jan, and we could see him go on loan until his contract runs out freeing up some salary.
Out - Oxford, Masuaku, Antonio, Caroll
In - RB, LB, Nasri, DM and Rice TO SIGN!
If funds available, MAYBE bigger signing.

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1.) 12 Dec 2018 18:17:42
I would go along with that Nickinho. It's a long shot to expect 6th place with current squad, much will depend on what budget Pellegrini has to play with when the window opens. Yarmalenko, Wilshire and Lanzini is a big loss but players have stepped up that have come in. If I was to be critical on team performances it has to be the tendency to step off the gas in periods of the game, allowing the opposition to take control. Pellegrini's philosophy is, if the opposition hasn't got the ball they can't score, and I've noticed that in recent matches the possession stats have taken a dive, not drastically, but enough to tell you that the team is conceding too much possession. Better opposition in those last three games would have taken advantage.


2.) 12 Dec 2018 19:37:24
I would personally love us to try and sign Kieran Tierney I think he is fantastic, versatile and is a leader. Though I may be being unrealistically ambitious and he may have no interest in us.


3.) 13 Dec 2018 00:24:29
Nice post Nickinho I think you have covered all the main points here, IT WAS the idea originally to have another spendfest this coming summer however injuries, and poor performances by some players demand more urgent attention, we don’t have to sell anybody to buy a couple of players as close to 35 m can be available However WH will look to sell on and reduce wage bill or at least keep it under control. IRONMIKE.


4.) 13 Dec 2018 00:30:41
Not much point in loaning out Carroll he can help us when available I'f someone's that desperate to need him in January they can buy him.

He seems to come back play a few games then get injured but he always seems to make an impact, but yes I would sell we still have an option at the end of the season and we know if he can stay fit what an asset he can be. More likely a sale than a loan.


5.) 13 Dec 2018 09:05:41
Lb- k Tierney
Rb- n clyne
Cm- a duncan
S- y poulson.


6.) 13 Dec 2018 12:51:05
Well written post Nichinho.
I, too, think that Nasri might be our only recruit in January. Your points about our full backs make good sense, but my gut tells me that only Oxford will leave if we get a decent offer.
Our full squad, when all our fit, covers most bases and I am optimistic that we are on course for a top 10 finish.
The summer spending was so extensive that we won’t spend this window. I would really have liked Almiron to come in, but can’t see it happening realistically.
I’m sure that MP will not move Carroll on, as he’s good cover for Arnie, who l also think will stay at least until the summer - at which time there may be a major shake up in our strikers.
MP and Husillos will be constantly scouting for the players he wants in the summer to make the squad increasingly his.


 

 

 

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07 Feb 2019 14:07:39
I would like to see MP play the same team on Saturday that started against Liverpool. The only players i would consider bringing in are Zaba, Nasri and Arnie, and they don't make it IMO. What does everyone else think?
Fredricks did great vs Mane and deserves to keep his place unless MP doesn't want to risk playing him too much too soon after a long lay-off.
Nasri is a doubt, so bench is best. But unless Snodds has an issue from Liverpool he keeps his spot.
Chica for me was great vs Liverpool, and he deserves to keep his place. Sends a message to Arnie as well that he is not the be all and end all of our squad. Drop Carroll and bring Arnie onto the bench.
Pray Cresswell is fit. LOL
A betting man would back Batshuayi to grab a goal if he starts, it's the West Ham curse.
We have 13 days rest after Palace, and MANU may be back in and around the squad! Along with Balbuena.

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04 Feb 2019 12:40:19
Not sure what to expect tonight, Liverpool on their day can be devastating. If our players play with the attitude they did at Wimbledon they will get embarrassed. However, even if our players do play with fire and energy, if Masuaku plays LB we could be doomed. If Cress is not fit i would rather we play Zaba there and Fredricks at RB.

One KEY thing IMO is that MP does not play 2 in centre midfield. We learnt at the start of the season that we do not have a 2 man partnership with enough legs yet (a stage 2 transition for MP i am sure) and Rice was exposed against Liverpool and we were weak there against the other teams in the first 4 games. I think we have won just ONE game this season starting with a 2 man CM and that was in the run of wins against lesser opposition.
Play Rice and Noble, and then Snodgrass or Obiang (as Nasri is injured) with a licence to get forward but with the main focus on supporting in CM. Up front i would leave out Carroll and go with whoever has shown the right attitude in training from the rest.

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1.) 04 Feb 2019 17:41:33
Nick, we would be lucky to keep it to 0-3, as long as we show some fight and passion that’s all that’s asked, Liverpool are very special at the moment, frightening up front against those like us that are going through a bad patch ⚒⚒⚒⚒.


2.) 04 Feb 2019 19:53:11
Yet it starts 0:0.

I wonder how long I can maintain any sense of optimism.


3.) 05 Feb 2019 07:43:57
Apologies for my doubts and well done WH, more than happy to eat humble pie, bloody unlucky to not take all 3 points, that would have been an upset. COYI ⚒⚒⚒⚒.


4.) 05 Feb 2019 13:35:38
Ditto.


 

 

23 Jan 2019 14:53:37
These are my thoughts on our strikers:
Chica: At 140k our highest paid player. Currently no.2 to Arnie when they are all fully fit. IMO he would score as many goals as Arnie would over a season, he has just not had a proper chance with us. Joined to be our no.1 striker and that simply has not happened so I understand his desire to leave. Verdict - SELL as he breaks our wage structure, does not want to be no.2 striker, he's 30, and if Arnie was sold we would spend big on a new no.1 anyway keeping him no.2
Arnie: At 100k he is our best all round striker. I am convinced the China stuff is just to get a pay rise as he THINKS he should be the highest paid player and Chica is earning more as no.2 striker. Verdict: Call his bluff IF WE GET THE RIGHT OFFER (£40m) as he is 30 and we can get someone who is less of a nuisance, younger and over the course of a full season just as good. If not then keep him and see where he stands when Chica goes and we can say he is the top earner, reducing his leverage on salary. We may even get someone (Gomez) in summer who relegates him into no.2 role giving him even smaller leverage on salary. if he unhappy then SELL in summer.
Perez: For 4m he was not expensive as a backup, but in the end he clearly wasn't happy being backup and simply has not performed, and while on 85k he eats a fair chunk of our salary budget: Verdict: SELL, even accept £1 if it means he goes on a permanent basis with no wage contribution.
Carroll: Big salary at 90k, too many injuries. But more worryingly he doesn't suit MP game and the modern game players just go down now when they challenge him in the air. His best attribute is now not allowed in the game. Verdict: SELL now or let him leave in summer.

Overall I think strikers and CM are the next big focus areas for MP in his squad transformation. I would only keep Arnie if he will stay happy long term, if not I would like to see them all gone as they are all 30+, get a tenacious CM, keep Edmilson Fernandes and get two good strikers.

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1.) 23 Jan 2019 16:12:56
Phew that was a lot of typing and thinking Nick😂😂 your last paragraph said it all in one! Personally I agree with most you said except Hernandez, another pampered overpaid player, sell whoever we need to, Arnie although trouble is the only one worth keeping if he gets his head sorted, was intimated on here he has debt problems with bad investments, if that’s the case without being harsh, so do a lot of other people earning half and less that he earns in a week!


2.) 23 Jan 2019 17:49:06
Of our four forwards (now that Arnie has made it clear he wants to move on) I wouldn’t keep any of them.

Get Gomez in soonest and support with Xande and Antonio in the short term. Then rethink in the summer.


3.) 23 Jan 2019 19:56:14
Spot on marko.


4.) 24 Jan 2019 13:17:19
Id take that Marko.


5.) 24 Jan 2019 20:11:21
It’s Markro, lads!


 

 

23 Jan 2019 14:05:42
Think our position is fairly clear atm.
1. Due to FFP we need players to go in order to get more in
2. We have 4 strikers on HUGE salaries Perez 85k, Arnie 90k, Carroll 85k and Chica 140k (i believe) while we are playing 1 up top with an AM playing no.10
3. Three of the above apparently want gone, and Carroll simply does not suit MP style and will be gone by summer.
4. Unless we get GOOD offers now we WONT sell any of them, as we would not be able to replace them in this short window
5. Gomez is our primary target, but he is not available until summer unless his release clause is met, which we cannot afford this season unless Arnie is in fact sold for a good price.

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1.) 23 Jan 2019 14:36:10
Agreed nick, can't see anything happening until the summer, unless am leaves in Feb after terms met by interested party and player doing a payet, monies would then hold over for the summer transfer budget .


 

 

07 Jan 2019 17:09:22
Just a few players MP signed at very good ages for very little money. Plus a few at the bottom for large fees when at the BIG clubs he managed. In MP we must trust!
D. Godin - 0.8m
W. Caballero - 0.9m
S. Cazorla - 1.2m
A. Valencia - 2.0m
D. Forlan - 3.2m
A. Arbeloa - 4.0m
A. Negredo - 5.0m
N. Monreal - 6.0m
Isco - 6.0m
G. Rossi - 10.0m

Navas, Xabi Alonso, Benzema, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Sterling, Kaka, De Bruyne, C. Ronaldo.

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08 Feb 2019 09:23:48
I don't see Rice going to Spurs, IF he goes one day he will go to a bigger club than them.
Agree that Maddison would have been a great buy! But we could not get him because of our limited remaining budget after spending more on Anderson (who is better) leaving less funds to stretch over the multiple other positions we required (Balbuena, Diop, Fanianski and Yarmolenko etc) . We had £20m left to spend on this position and no more, and Leicester were willing to cough up more money for a player unproven at the top level, so a week or so later we got Yarmolenko. Would have loved Maddison but it was not possible, we got the better player in Anderson at the end of the day.

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06 Feb 2019 08:21:50
I for one appreciate both your posts.
Ironmike i am sure says what he hears and I am fine with that, it does not have to be considered misleading, I always take every rumour with a pinch of salt, wherever it comes from. There is every chance this (like a lot of paper rumours) came from a comment that may have actually referred to something from last year, and was not recent. However it may not have been passed to Mike with these specific and how i'm interprets what he hears is his own.
However, I especially appreciate Ed002's comments afterwards that add more context to things, and really value this. The whole point of a rumours board is that people can comment if they know something different about a situation.
No need for all the back and forth guys, us readers just appreciate the info you both provide.

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01 Feb 2019 12:30:08
Thanks Mike.
Personally i wasn't too disappointed with our Jan window ins and outs, it was the DRAMA and speculation that pissed me off, and i am sure affected some players who want out eventually too. I understand the position WHU are in with no wage budget available for additional players, and no cash available for transfer fees. PLUS, look at which teams DID do something, they were all relegation candidates desperate for a boost. We are not in that position. Bournemouth are the only exception, but they have had a manager there for YEARS slowly building his squad, and as a result they only ever really need to look at 1-2 players. We on the other hand have 6 players MP wants rid of in order to build his squad. Best done in summer when more funds are available.
The ONLY way we would have gotten anyone decent in Jan was if Arnie was sold. Selling Chica, Perez or Carroll would free up salary but not the cash to sign a decent replacement (selling all 3 wouldn't even get us the cash to sign Solanke) . Masuaku and Obiang also would not raise sufficient funds to replace themselves.
We also have to bare in mind we have SO MANY players injured who may not return to the same level, which would mean they would potentially need replacing in summer. I am sure MP and Husillos are looking long term, and these injured players are a part of that decision process. Glad we didn't go crazy in Jan when we don't NEED to do it now.
Important we bring our injured players back slowly and ensure they are fully recovered before throwing them in for 90 mins.

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29 Jan 2019 20:45:06
COYI64 I still think you are being kind when it comes to your assessment of Masuaku. A Bichon Frise dog would be more effective as a premier league LB.
Does anyone have a stats on our average goals conceded per game with and without Masuaku?

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29 Jan 2019 13:45:44
Great bloke, shame he had such a bad injury, gutted for him. Wish him all the best for either recovery or retirement. Would not put it past him to retire though as i think he is a genuine bloke who would not sit on the injury table for 4 years collecting a 70k salary while not playing. Like Ginge, i think he has been great for the club.

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13 Feb 2019 12:56:59
Palace had the chances to beat us 3-1 easily, and should have. First half was an entertaining and even match, but the second half they seemed possessed and deserved three points on the chances they created! MOTD did not do it justice putting it last, it was entertaining!
HOWEVER, a second yellow for their captain should have been given, and on THIS basis (that is was not given) i think it was a fair result.

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13 Feb 2019 12:48:22
Bang on Markro.
Iv done a bit of a u-turn on Antonio recently, I think he has been great at right wing lately, and if his form continues i would keep him despite his final ball not being quite good enough.
Centre mid is SO important, we urgently need to get the player that is going to take over from Noble ASAP. Obiang is not good enough and may even leave, so that would mean we need 2. Backup for Rice would be nice, but i hope Sanchez is fit and maybe he can play some games in the final year of his contract.
Depending on who goes, i can see 7 players incoming. The below assumes Carroll, Chica, Arnie, Obiang, Masuaku, Oxford and Adiran all leave, and Zaba signs for another year.
2 x First team quality strikers
1 x Top quality CM
1 x Backup CM (could be Edi Fernandaes if MP likes him)
1 x Backup LB
1 x Backup GK (heard a lot about Trott, but not seen him)
1 x Backup CB (maybe 2 if Ogbonna goes and Ried is not fit)
This all ASSUMES Lanzini, Yarmolenko, Wilshere and Sanchez all come back to full fitness.

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07 Feb 2019 13:44:48
Looks a great PROSPECT, but very lightweight at this stage, and lightweight players like him TEND to come good in the PL around 24+ years old, for whatever reason. He may be an instant hit, never know.

I agree with Sdl though, we need to get 5 players with our cash this summer, that need to be PL ready now. Cannot blow it all on one position either, especially one where we have a lot of players already (most are injured or young though this season LOL) . Out of our reach from what you can read online.

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01 Feb 2019 12:48:34
LOL
Our biggest problem is the inDJUries. Fortunately we are 3 wins from safety so there was no need to waste money on loans now.

Offer me 14-15th at end of season with the guarantee that Lanzini, Yarmolenko, Wilshere, Reid, Balbuena and Sanchez were all fully fit and back to their old selves i would take it.

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01 Feb 2019 12:39:08
For the money, he was not worth it at all. May do well for Palace, but they will not buy him at end of season for those wages, they have to find someone new in summer anyway. Difference is they are in a relegation battle still.

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