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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.


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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09 Nov 2018 13:25:18
Not sure about everyone else, but i see our game vs Huddersfield as one of the biggest so far this season. We are in a long run of games now (Man City aside) that feasibly we can go into each game with realistic ambitions of winning. If we are to improve then we need to:
- start winning more games vs the teams around us or below us. Since Chelsea we have outplayed every team we have played in the league yet only won 2 of those games.
- Win back to back games again. Not since January 2017, or 665 days, have we won back to back PL games. This would be a big boost for confidence.
Huddersfield are their for the taking at the moment, and we really should beat them on their form so far. They will also be without Billing, who IMO is one of their most influential players alongside Mooy.
We have a really good chance to get 6 out of 6 points tomorrow, and the team can demonstrate how they have improved and set us clear above the relegation teams. Man City after that followed by NEW, CAR, CYP, FUL means we could really build momentum and put points on the board. COYI.


1.) 09 Nov 2018 19:19:52
We have as good a run in to Xmas as any other team in the Prem. This is the time to get points in the bank.



01 Oct 2018 18:48:15
We got just 7 points from the top 6 last year. Already have 4 so far this season, and should have had more vs Arsenal. I did a points forecast on our remaining matches and got to 50 points, thought i was being realistic. Interestingly i gave us just 2 points vs the top 6 (i gave us zero vs UTD) .
The majority of our points came from home games vs teams 7th and below. Oddly, I gave us just 2 more wins away from home, so maybe i was a bit optimistic for our home form LOL and pessimistic abut our away form.
What points total do people think is a good target for this year?

Id be very happy with 50 or more, that gets you a solid league position usually (7th the last 2 seasons) . If we could match the 62 points Bilic got in the final Upton Park year then that would be incredible. Interestingly, Chelsea got 50 points the season before they won it in 16/ 17. Klopp's Liverpool got 60pts in his first season.


1.) 02 Oct 2018 06:27:23
For me, in many ways, it’s goal difference. I want us to play attractive football, as we did v MU, and end up with a positive goal difference. That would do for me in Pelle’s first season.

2.) 02 Oct 2018 16:16:32
I got 59 and was being pessimistic *but* injuries happen etc. I also put a wee bet on a top six finish as reckon it may be in reach (especially if Man Utd continue to implode)

3.) 03 Oct 2018 07:37:09
Glen1540, I had a dabble as well before the season started, I got rather carried away when I looked at the odds from various bookies, especially with our £100m signings, I had a bet on winning the Premiership title at 500-1😂😂 and put a bit extra on a top 4 finish at 50-1 as I thought that could be a possibility at the time 😂😂 top six at the time wasn’t worth bothering with at about 12-1 as maybe even the bookies thought some minor miracle might happen for a top 6 finish. ⚒⚒⚒⚒.



20 Sep 2018 14:36:33
What does everyone think about our game VS Chelsea?
There is a lot of hype about them given they are top and Hazard has scored a hatrick, but who have they played?
Huddersfield (A) - whipping boys this season and serious relegation candidates
Arsenal (H) - Very vulnerable ATM, even we should have beaten them were it not for a lucky deflection
Newcastle (A) - Very poor - Likely relegation battle on the cards for them again this year
Bmouth (H) - Bmouth cannot win games away from home vs top 6, and have LOST 10 out of 13 vs Chelsea
Cardiff (H) - the other whipping boys this season and serious relegation candidates
As a run of games goes, they have had the easiest start to the league than anyone. They are a great team don't get me wrong, but they are not in the same ballpark as City or Liverpool. I think we can cause a shock if we improve on last week! COYI.


1.) 20 Sep 2018 15:55:05
Nick, good point you make about the opposition, however you still have to beat the lesser teams which isn’t always that easy as they see the likes of Chelsea and others in the top6 bracket as a bit of a scalp and can try that much harder? However I think as you do that we can upset them on Sunday and it wouldn’t surprise me but it is a big ask! If we can put in the type of performance as we did at Everton and maybe a bit more, we could pull off a surprise, but they have a lot of talent to contain up front, but they only have the same amount of players as us, as long as it stays that way for 90 minutes🌞⚒⚒⚒.

2.) 21 Sep 2018 08:24:41
For me, if we contain Hazard, it removes at least 50% of their threat. I would play the same starting XI as last week, with an eye on Noble for pace, ready to put Sanchez on if needed.
Our defence seems much, much tighter with The Diop/ Balbuena partnership beginning to flourish - really well protected by a deep sitting Rice. Our three up front are a handful for any team, if they get decent midfield service. Perhaps Obiang might well be our key man this match. If he can grab the midfield by the scruff, we could win.



05 Sep 2018 15:46:23
Does anyone know WHY Yarmolenko has not started for us yet?
His last game for Ukraine was back in June and he scored 2 and assisted 2, playing 90 mins! I will try and watch their game on Thursday.
Id be starting him or Perez ahead of Antonio. In fact i would drop Antonio altogether on his last performance and bring Holland onto the bench.


1.) 05 Sep 2018 18:02:40
He has been largely ineffective and is very over rated on his showings so far a bit like Avram Pellegrini. IRONMIKE.

2.) 05 Sep 2018 23:30:12
The Germans were very happy to unload him as he hasn’t adapted outside Ukraine and the Ukrainians are now talking about him going home in January. Don’t know if that will happen but it is here he is as a player.

3.) 06 Sep 2018 12:33:36
I'd have to agree. Sell Antonio and I'd try Yarmolenko, and Arnautovic with Perez in the middle up front with Anderson behind him. I'd murder our fullbacks and get new one's because that's where we are and have been weak for years. Every solid defence has good full backs and ours are rubbish.

4.) 07 Sep 2018 09:50:27
Sorry guys but I like Antonio, before he got badly injured he scored a few goals for us and knows where the goal is, not sure our other current midfielders do. Didn't he get picked for England then? Against Wolves he had a couple of chances, one was a good header if I remember as opposed to Snodgrass who I am sure shuts his eyes when he heads the ball.

5.) 07 Sep 2018 11:36:11
Iv always liked Antonio, but i don't think he suits MP's style of game. You are right that he has goals in him, but he has not got the technical or tactical ability to be starting games for me. He gives the ball away a lot, and i'm sure other players leave him to it when he goes on his charging runs anticipating he will loose the ball eventually or fail to put in a good final ball. Other players are much more willing to make runs for you when you can deliver quality more consistently, remember the movement when Payet got on the ball :) I feel he pulls it off 1/ 5 times at best, and most likely that is the time other players have stopped their run.
The strengths in his game suggest to me that he should be given a chance up front down the middle where he can physically terrorise centre backs, not technically good enough for the wide midfielder role. Useful player though when the counter attack is your only outlet.

6.) 10 Sep 2018 01:42:01
If you saw the Ukraine game you would see why Yarmolenko isn’t starting. At best you would say he is completely unfit. At worst he could be another’s Boogers.



03 Jan 2014 15:47:30
I have always backed Sam (despite not preferring his style) but I would not be too disappointed any more to see him leave early in the January window, providing and adequate replacement is available. Whatever is to be done though needs to be done in the next week so that whoever comes in has time. And if Sam stays then we have to get behind the team. Negative attitudes spread just as quickly as positive ones, so as the 12th man us fans need to get behind the team no matter what.

What is an interesting thought is that if this were any other manager in charge at the moment, and BFS was a free agent, I think a lot of fans would recommend him as the man to get us out of this situation. He has a good record so, if he stays, I hope he can pull it off, no matter how ugly it gets.

One thing is for sure though, I have not liked Sam's approach to games this season at all. I know he has had injury problems that have made things harder. But he was quick to point the finger at his strikers, and then played tactics that made it as hard as possible for them to score by putting 11 men behind the ball with almost no chance of playing out of defence. If we have such a good defence then why do we sit back and defend, surely they are good enough for us to push up a little higher and let our midfield and strikers play football and try and score. Strikers are confidence players after all so a positive attitude/tactic is needed in order for them to turn things around, and parking the bus against teams like Fulham and Sunderland is far from positive, that is what teams do against Barcelona. Shambles!

Things need to change now though because from the end of March our last 8 games include Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal, Man City and Totenham which I can't see us getting much from at all (unless we sign Messi and Ronaldo).


1.) Nickinho
im sure you would agree you play to your strengths,
now to leave us with no decent striker cover from the the the start of the season and his refusal to adopt a 442 with cole and maiga upfront says eveything to me.
I don't like bfs style but he has ground out results in the past.
but by the time ac is back we will be bottom.
if he is back match fit by feb il be surprised we need someone who can change our stlye of play.
also ac ain't a prolific goal scorer 7/8 goals last season.
if i'm honest we look fkd under sam and if we do change it will be to late

2.) I certainly agree that not leaving adequate cover for Andy is unforgivable. And when we knew there was no adequate cover, to then not change the style is also unforgivable and says a lot about Sam. He has also played players like Diame out of position far too much this season. He is wasted out on the wing and doesn't look bothered there, and we have young players in the development squad who would play their heart out given the chance. I would not be surprised to see Diame go soon unfortunately.
I do sympathize with Sam and the owners though on one thing, and that is AC. He was only supposed to be out for 1 1/2 months at the start of the season so I understand their decision to sign him. I saw no posts from fans anywhere who were shocked that he passed his medical when he signed, but now it seems to all come up. In hindsight it is very easy for us to say it was awful and he should be sacked for it, but 90% of us thought it was a good signing at the time.




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18 Dec 2018 14:10:49
Not every player is Ronaldo esq when it comes to their own physique, that's precisely why clubs have dieticians and fitness trainers in order to manage their levels so that they can perform to the levels their manager demands. A player's professionalism regards how they look after themselves is therefore dependant on whether they can physically perform to the level their manager demands, and i have highlighted how Snods has looked after himself professionally enough throughout his career to have been successful at all his previous clubs.

He did not put on weight at West Ham United, that was not the reason he did not succeed at first. He came into a team that was performing terribly during a negative period after leaving Upton Park, he was played out of position, and was unforgivably slated publicly by his owner because he could not fill the boots of a world class player in Payet. His comment stated that he lost some condition while at Villa in the Championship, where the physical demands are different. But he was still in good enough physical condition to exceed his managers demands and be one of the best players in that league that season.

He has simply come back to a league that demands more, and to work under a manager who prefers all his technical players to be much leaner than other managers do. You can see it in all of our players this season, they have all gotten leaner, and could all therefore say they were previously "overweight", simply because this manager demands more. Snodds has responded to meet those demands yet again.

Professionalism in any profession is ensuring you are able to perform to the level that meets the demands set out for you by those higher up. Snodgrass imo has done exactly that with regards his condition, and has exceeded it in regards to his non footballing duties at WHU. Just because a player is not as fit as Ronaldo does not mean you question their professionalism.




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17 Dec 2018 16:50:29
I don't pretend to know Snodders' weight fluctuations prior to West Ham. You can only succeed at the tasks put in front of you, and he had succeeded at all his previous clubs (relative to their level) . When he arrived after Payet's departure, the team as a whole was not performing at all in the wake of the move to the OS and all the negativity surrounding the club. The manager did not have the ability to get a performance out of the team let alone Snods (I say that as a fan of Slav) and our owner was then completely out of order with his public comments which would ruin any player's motivation and commitment. Were it me at my job (regardless of money i was earning), if my manager or CEO made those re-marks publicly I would lose motivation also. He went away to Villa and was once again a success.
You are right, Pellegrini deserves the bulk of the credit for giving him the opportunity again at this level, and the direction on what to do in order to improve his game. But in my personal opinion I do not see the un-professional side to his story, and what he does now for the club is commendable.


{Ed001's Note - if you can't see what is unprofessional about being overweight as a professional athlete then I am wasting my time even talking to you.}



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17 Dec 2018 14:42:31
Priority issue, as we have other areas that need more urgent attention if we are to push for top six.
If we buy Almiron (or similar player), how do you keep Anderson, Snodgrass, Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Antonio and Dianganna all happy while also ensuring there are opportunities for Holland and Silva to come through. Of that bunch only Antonio may be in danger of sale. Do not see us getting a winger (other than Nasri) until summer.
Pellegrini will be LOOKING for another powerful athletic striker similar to Arnie. I get a feeling Carroll doesn't do enough for MP's style, not mobile enough. At City he had Dzeko and Negredo supported by Aguero and Jovetic.




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14 Dec 2018 14:12:30
He was always that weight and played very well for other teams, those previous managers never required/ told him to loose the weight to perform better, so its a bit unfair to say he was un-professional, he was just never coached properly in order to get even MORE out of him. Turned out that the level he was at was not good enough for West Ham, and eventually a good manager came in (Pellegrini) and told him what he needed to do in order to improve, and he did it when he could have easily thrown his toys out of the pram and left (especially after the owners comments last year) . He is also great at the non-football stuff around the club. IMO that is a great attitude and a proper professional.




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14 Dec 2018 11:08:21
Everyone is entitled to their opinions Chelms, its great when a player performs well enough to change our minds! let's hope JW does the same, as we all know your thoughts on him. Snodds is a great example, as I am sure all of us wouldn't have complained had he left in the summer. I am sure there are better players out there, but he is a player we can all be proud to see wearing the shirt, much like Nobes. Proper professional.
Chica's career stats always warranted his salary, as he is a proven player who has CONSISTENTLY scored more goals at the top level than anyone we have ever had. I do not begrudge the salary he is on. The fact is he has not done it for us so far, which is why many feel this way about him. HOWEVER, Chica needs a certain style of football to flourish, and that has not been provided by our teams under Slav and Moyes. MP is changing that though, and i really hope that this new style and confidence provides the platform for Chica to really flourish and score lots of goals for us. His effort on the pitch has always been there.


{Ed001's Note - I am confused, how is a player who was, by his own admittance, too fat to play well for more than a year a proper professional? I get Noble is, to a degree anyway, but Snodgrass only has himself to blame for his poor form.}




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12 Dec 2018 16:13:30
Agree with Sdl, stinks of agent influence.
Contract he was offered wasn't bad and allowed for increase upon appearances etc, which he would certainly meet. Our board have also proven that they would improve contracts upon good performances, e. g. Diafra Sakho got an improved contract waaaay before it needed renewal as he was performing well, so no reason for Rice to think he would be stuck on 20k-30k for long. This is Agent influence mostly, and i also have a feeling it may have something to do with FFP
Watever it is we will find out by the end of Jan.




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12 Dec 2018 16:04:11
Need to remember the player had a very short time left on his contract and had not proved his talents in the few chances he got. Any offer from West Ham would have come with little guarantee of first team football, and having made little impact himslef more players were going to be bought in summer that would go ahead of him in the pecking order (Anderson, Yarmolenko, Wilshire) . Little chance he was ever going to extend his contract in this case so we got what we could for him. Shame, as i think he will be a good player in the future, how good I do not know, Slav was an admirer and said he was like Modric in style. Diangana has been more effective than Quina was, and Holland and Silva both look to be as good IMO.
Should have had him on a longer contract in the first place though.




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03 Dec 2018 12:37:22
Loftus is a great player and I would love for him to come to us. Regards Arnie though, he will only go if he gets 20+ goals for us this season, which then lays proof to a CL team that he is worth the money at his age.

This weekend was a classic example of why his (or his brothers) push for a BIG salary or Champs League team is premature. A top performer would have had converted at LEAST one vs Newcastle. He hasn't been prolific this season, and it is not as if he has lacked opportunities this year. I understand his injuries may have hindered him a little this season, but they are done now and I hope he really starts to hit the net from now until Xmas.

I love Arnie and think he is one of the best in the league ATM, he ALWAYS creates havoc and must be a nightmare for defenders, but CL teams want consistent reliability over a whole season, unless he is to be a backup. Him, Chica and Anderson looked dangerous on Sat though. Good to see JW get an assist as well.




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29 Nov 2018 12:48:01
Definitely something up with this, as we all want him signed and I am sure the board do also. I am no insider and don't pretend to know what's ACTUALLY going on, but my feelings are its a combo of:
1. We are at the max end of our salary cap so it may have to wait until January when some excess can be off-loaded.
2. New proposed wage structure. I am a big fan of this in principle, as it is disgusting watching players come to clubs on high wages and then do nothing. (Adebeyor rings a bell, he had offers from all over but never left City until he could get a singing on fee or part paid salary from City, he would rather sit in stands and earn cash) However, this policy in realty is not going to be easy to implement. FFP needs to regulate this more IMHO, maybe a total club salary cap, with freedom to offer big bonuses for specified certain criteria/ milestones.
3. Rice may be waiting to hit a certain amount of appearances so that he can get a higher basic from the start.
4. His new agent is managing this, who is known for being a hard negotiator.
5. We have offered to little. Despite still being VERY early in his career he is worth £35k a week min, which should be increased on appearance milestones that get him to £50k by the end of next season. Not including game bonuses.




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20 Nov 2018 13:57:17
Not sure why he would go to Man Utd. They will not make the Champions league next year so it would be a futile attempt by Marko if he wants to play CL football. IF Utd get to the next stage this year then he is unlikely to play many games in CL as he will need to settle etc and TBH Man Utd won't last long as they should have been out already but got lucky vs Juve.
Were it to happen in January it HAS to be a team where he would get first team football, CL football this year, nailed on for CL football next year, who need him right NOW, and has the cash to spare. Chelsea are the only realistic option in the UK right now. For this reason i think Marko will be with us until the end of the season.