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28 Jul 2020 15:18:15
Rumour after rumour, crazy season is in full swing! My thoughts on OUR players, but by no means confident ANY of them will be correct, such is the unpredictability this summer.
Lanzini is unlikely to go. Moyes got great stuff out of him in his first spell and he may think he can do so again, and he has also been quoted as speaking with Montiel about WHU (the ARG right back we are heavily linked with) . For me, his best position is the one Mark plays ATM at no.10 but he can cover LW.
Yarmolenko, also unlikely to go. Moyes has used him as his no2 to Bowen and while defensively not great he does run. Some incredible one touch interplay between him and lanzini vs Villa at one point. He is also a player who can make something happen.
Anderson could well be off. His off the ball play is not a Moyes fit at all, and his style does not suit Haller, plus Diangana (free) is hot on his heels. Fornals AND Lanzini played LW ahead of him vs Villa which should tell us a lot. Unless Moyes feels he can adapt, he will be off as he is also a player we could get +20m for.
Masuaku - will be gone
Wilshere - Really do not know what Moyes can/ will do here. i'm a big advocate of playing players in their best positions and IMO we have 4 playeres all best suited to the 10 role ATM in Nobes, Lanzini, Fornals and Wilshere. Jack is not natural enough defensively to play in a CM two, he is a CAM only.
Snods - Love his effort and commitment, as will Moyes, but not sure what he can offer any more on the wing, and in CAM we are flooded. I expect just one of Yarmo or Snods to stay. Could be Snods as Yarmo would collect more money if we need funds.
Ajeti looks gone, and i'd move on Hugill also. Haller, KEEP as he needs a crack at the PL with players getting around/ beyond him and strikers are not cheap!
Fredricks - Move on if we get a new RB.
Declan - I think he will stay, as he is getting Captains experience ATM which he will not get anywhere else. If we do not get Europe tho he will be gone next summer.
Cullen - Get this kid in the squad! His attidtude is Moyes style all over, and our biggest weakness last season was the lack of a partner and cover for Dec. Nobes, Sanchez, Wilshere and Snods all not good enough there and/ or not their natural position. Now we have Soucek we have a partner, but no adequate cover for either of them. Cullen fits the bill for cover and is FREE! Fans will like him.


1.) 28 Jul 2020 19:07:29
Agree with some of that but not all:

Lanzini unfortunately is a busted flush since his injury and will continue to struggle in the PL. A move to a slower, more technically minded league would be best for all parties imo.

Cullen ain't a kid anymore, he's 24 and in all brutal honesty, if he was good enough he'd have made more of an impact on our 1st team squad by now. I think we'll sell him should an offer come in, he's decent enough to have a good career in the Championship but unless he's a late bloomer he isn't going to cut it in the PL.

As for Masuaku, Fredericks, Anderson and Wilshire, ideally we'd like to sell them all but I can't see many teams busting our door down for any of them - (maybe Anderson but at a huge loss) so there's a fair chance we'll be stuck with them, which in turn will cripple any transfer plans Moyes may have.

As for Rice, will he be a West Ham player next season? I really hope so but in all reality the first team that comes in with a bid north of £45M will get him despite protestations to the contrary from within our club.

2.) 28 Jul 2020 19:12:15
Excellent post Nick. Agree 100%.

3.) 29 Jul 2020 05:36:11
Heard Ajeti to Celtic on loan?

4.) 29 Jul 2020 13:18:03
I like most Nick but do agree with Billy perhaps Cullen will prove me wrong [i hope so] don't forget we have Grady Diangana available too which i like very much.

5.) 29 Jul 2020 18:36:51
Don’t worry still at least 5-6 weeks before we begin to get linked with unheard of South Americans who no one has heard before.

6.) 30 Jul 2020 15:15:28
BillyDWizz all very valid points on Josh Cullen. Although his contract is pretty much run out so we would not get anything for him. i'm saying we keep him as backup, it makes me think there is something in him if MP did not sell when we would have got some much needed money for him a year ago. Clearly they saw something in him and the thought was that he needed more game time. He's a battler and a runner, and has a great attitude, and that is what we need as backup in CM. Charlton fans love him and would sign him in a heartbeat, and IMO he would be better than Sanchez, Noble, Snods and Obiang all were in that role.
Any CM coming to us this summer will know they are backup to Rice and Soucek and would still cost £10-£15m, so I don't see how we get someone better who will have such a good attitude and know the club, and Josh is free!
He was in the Charloton team that got promotoed from Lg1, and IMO they would have stayed up were he not to have got injured. They won just one game in the 11 game spell when he was injured. For me, he should come in as a squad player on a 2-3 year contract as we will not get much better with our budget given requirments to improve the 1st eleven in other positions.

7.) 31 Jul 2020 22:32:59
Totally agree billywhizz CULLEN ain't a premier league player to be brutally honest he's championship at very best like you say billy we need players of the sransard of RICE and SOUCEK otherwise what's the point. COYI.



23 Jul 2020 17:23:04
Be interesting to get people's thoughts on what Moyes may do this window. I think it is the hardest one to predict in YEARS. There is so much "potential" in Wilshere, Lanzini, Anderson but will they fit the system and run the miles Moyes wants. Vs Villa i would play Haller, Anderson, Lanzini or Wilshere and Yarmolenko and just see how they get on.

For me, Masuaku must go and we must get someone pacey who works hard like Antonee Robinson or similar at LB. Cress will be good in rotation. I'd be ok with Johnson and Fredricks on the other flank given I think this window will be VERY tough going. But Fredricks does lack in crossing and movement when we have the ball.

Rice, Soucek, Cullen and one new CM/ DM would be good IMO (maybe Isaac Hayden, or if Bmth go down Billing? ) .

Looks like a CAM is part of Moyes plans and Noble currently plays there. He's OK for some games but too slow to support Haller IMO. We also have Fornals who is probably better suited to this position, and then we also have Wilshere and Lanzini. VERY crowded here ATM so I expect to see something change here.

My dream person here would be John McGinn from Villa if they go down, WHAT a player.
I am not sure where Snods fits in any more, as he isn't quick enough for wing play, and we have so many CAM's.

Personally, unless I was 100% confident in getting what i wanted from Anderson i would sell for the right price and bring in Grady Diangana. Fornals has been great out left and can continue there while Grady improves in the prem.
SELL AJETI and Hugill as soon as offers come in.

In short, SELL Masuaku, Ajeti and Hugill, and if a decent offer comes sell Anderson. BUY a LB, CM / DM and a striker (maybe loan someone like Jovic) . If possible ship some of the finge AM's and go all out on John McGinn.


1.) 23 Jul 2020 21:35:32
If we could sell haller, ajeti, Anderson masuaka and lanzini and Wilshere, i would like us to go in for the following:

I'd be very happy if that happened. Obviously won't though.

2.) 23 Jul 2020 23:06:39
I’m with you Hammerdave. Get money in and lose the high rollers.

3.) 23 Jul 2020 23:15:38
Nicko the players you listed would not bring in much money transfer wise and then that team will have to match the wages. and a lot of teams will chasing free transfer and loans and a couple of buys if we sell haller and Anderson we will recoup next to nothing back haller needs another season we ain’t always going to play 4231 system everyone has said he needs support.

4.) 23 Jul 2020 23:54:43
LB needs sorting I'd get antonee Robinson in straight away as he's young and a ridiculous athlete if he can improve his passing he could be solid most of all if the papers are to be believed he's cheap!

Then if masuaku and or cresswell leave we should get Ryan Manning technical solid can also play in midfield.

Ajeti out - Benrahma or Watkins in

Lanzini out - Eze in

RB - I'd say we need to strengthen here purely because johnson and Frederick's both have had injury problems. Maybe Wague on a loan with option to buy would give us good competion/ cover here.

We have so many wingers and attacking midfielder it's silly.

I generally think it's going to come down to who we can actually get rid of without being burnt to much or of those attacking players teams might actually want?

5.) 24 Jul 2020 17:36:46
Al I brought this up about 4 years having far to many options in midfield and because most are on stupid wages they are are difficult to shift most teams knowing we have to shift the player they want a loan know we need to keep the wage bill down but that won’t help replace the player or improve the position . we just lost Jeramy ngaki spelling because of a wage cap which I understand why not add incentive bonuses. when you look at the squad those players who we could get an half decent fee for are ones we want to keep.

6.) 24 Jul 2020 21:36:01
Like i predicted that WATFORD had the hardest run in i predict that all the HALLER doubters will eat their words he needs another year uninterupted and played in the right formation and you will see a real player. COYI.

7.) 24 Jul 2020 22:59:23
Haller’s technical ability can not be argued. Sadly he is too often no where near the 6-12 yard area where we need him. If Monaco do come in with a £38m offer we should snap their hand off.

8.) 25 Jul 2020 08:57:01
So many predictions coming true. Although, pretty much everyone saw that Watford had the hardest run in. hardly a prediction. but, as your predictions are amazing, can you give me some lottery ticket numbers please?

9.) 25 Jul 2020 09:18:42
I'm against selling Haller I think he's quality. When the team was playing well he was then fabianski got injured and the whole team started defending deep to protect Roberto which meant he got no support and I think he lost momentum from a good start from then. He also looked dangerous when we had players that could get around him especially Antonio from wide then he got injured.

As for replacing him with championship strikers always a risk involved they won't step up.

BBK your right that's the problem we are going to try sell players when the market will probably be deflated. We will no doubt have to pay agents to try and shift these players.

I have a feeling maybe fornals will go I remember a story linking Napoli with interest if true and they actually want him then we can command a decent fee. I like fornals he's really put the graft in for Moyes, I think with a second season he could really start racking up the assists and create a lot of chances but i do think moyes might prefure someone more physical imposing or with abit of pace so if a decent offer comes in I wouldn't be suprised to see him go.

Aa for lanzini Anderson yarmolenko they aren't bad players and we know they can do the business at this level but for the wages they are they can't be sitting on the bench as impact subs lime yarmolenko has been. Lanzini you hate to see it but his recovery has been a slow one and rightly so but can we afford to gold onto him and hope that he reaches precious levels? Probably not.

As for Anderson he was quality first season for Pellegrini this season not so great but you could make the argument he had to track back far too much to cover weak fullbacks when he really should be played as a winger. The whole team has been shocking for large parts of the season.

Ajeti obviously needs game time but he isn't going to get it here.

I'm suprised everyone wants rid or balbuena he's not a bad 3rd choice CB or the players we've been linked to much better? Considering we have to buy to sell we haven't got a great deal to spend on upgrades.

10.) 25 Jul 2020 12:10:17
Al, what a great post . voice of reason. We started this season really well and we finished this season really well, it was the middle when Roberto was in goal that cost us massively. 24 points lost from winning positions, how many did he cost us? We’ve had 2 great signings in January and to be honest think we need replacement full backs and that will do. I don’t care that we have expensive players warming the bench as it shows that we have quality in the squad, not just the starting 11. Why replace proven quality like Haller with someone like Watkins when we don’t know if they can perform at that level. Haller will come good next season and is still young, if you want to sell him do it in a couple of seasons when his value has doubled or tripled if you must. As for the Noble hater on here did you watch his performance against Utd on Wednesday when he out ran, out tackled, out passed and out performed Pogba? He ain't got no legs no more . my backside!

11.) 25 Jul 2020 14:56:30
Haller, Lanzini, Anderson, ect have a lot of potential but these players caused the problems. Portential don't win matches. Haller might come good in fact all 3 might come good but do we want to wait and see if they perform as they should.

12.) 26 Jul 2020 10:30:42
Thanks Dabber. I agree having these players on the bench does show we have good depth, I remember a few people saying start of the season it was the strongest squad we have had in the premier league unfortunately it's to over crowded with attacking players which left holes and weakness in other parts of the squad. Also those players are on really high wages I think Anderson's wages are double than a lot of who is actually starting maybe that could cause problems and i doubt the board would want that.

I think the key to if they will be pushed out and sold will be if Moyes thinks they won't put the hard yards in and obviously if anyone else wants them.

I don't think we need a panick fire sale just some tweaks and a rebalancing of the squad. Better full backs particularly Lb. An upgrade on Ajeti. Funded by his sale and a same of lanzini and or yarmolenko would be my choice.

I just hope we don't sell Rice need to see him and Soucek complete a full season in midfield.

13.) 26 Jul 2020 12:18:24
Hi Al

I think Xande Silva Or even Hughill would be my upgrade on Ajeti and I’d keep Diagana as back up to Bowen. We definitely need defensive improvement at full back and another quality CB wouldn’t go amiss. I’d keep Yarmelenko on the basis he can turn matches and has shown glimpses of true quality. Lanzini, Anderson, Balbuena and Ajeti would arguably generate £35-£45 m funds giving us £12-15m each on a RB, LB and CB from the Championship. On another note I can’t believe the bookies have made Villa favourites today . how rude!

14.) 26 Jul 2020 16:05:12
Hopefully we see silva today. I'm thinking with balbuena if you put him in the championship wouldn't he be one of the best CBs there? If we can sign a good young CB as replacement I would but i wouldn't say we are desperate. I'd imagine rice is going to have to be cover there if we get injuries.

I'd give up hugill and ajeti for a good championship striker but I wouldn't sell haller to fund them.

It seems like 1 or 2 of yarmo anderson or lanzini will be going to fund where moyes thinks we need strengthening. Guess we will have to wait and see will be interesting to see what happens.



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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01 Oct 2020 16:56:38
Everton fielded what was MUCH closer to their first team last night than we did, and despite some clear weaknesses in our team, we were not too far off them IMO. We had just 2 first team players in Cress and Dec, and both played out of position with Dec at CB and Cress at LB (arguably his best position now is the left side of a 3 and behind a LWB) . If last night showed us anything it is that:
1. If we want to win games that are tight then the management HAVE to find the balls to make changes at the right time. No point reacting to a goal when its too late, take the initiative. Everton were done with subs on 69 mins and only 2-1 up, we had the chance to take the initiative, the changes needed were obvious and we had the right players on the bench, but they didnt. I understand not risking players, but don't bring them then if you do not intend to use them.
2. We must get decent cover in CM. Snodgrass was "OK" as the box to box Soucek replacement, but Nobes simply CANNOT play there. His effort is not under question, his pace is the issue. He cannot close down or pressure players well enough any more and it leaves our defence exposed. It is a game of fine margins and if Nobes is 3% off the pace then its a BIG issue at this level. CM needs more athleticism. Cullen is ok cover but his one injury/ C.V. case shows AGAIN how thin we are here. In contrast, Everton have Allan, Doucoure, Gomez, Delph, Davies and Gbamin.
3. We need a CB fast. Why did we not play 3 at the back like we did vs Wolves? Because we do not have the players, and one C.V./ injury to Diop has left us short here also. Alese COULD have played CB last night with Balbuena and Cresswell, and Johnson could have played LWB with Ashby on the right. This is what i would have done, however it would have menat 3 out of a back 5 were academy players vs a good Everton side.
4. Anderson seems to be trying more and making better runs, credit to him. But GOD was he poor last night. Nothing he did worked and i fear he needs to move to get any mojo back. Sell him or loan him ASAP.
5. Lanzini can still be good, but his finishing was not there last night, neither was Yarmolenko's.

Cast offs like Barkley and Rudiger no doubt would be decent, but their huge wages in excess of 100k a week are the issue. We have sold players this summer but NONE who were on big salaries, so we don't have much room. People say WHU's issue is paying big and then not being able to sell cast offs, why oh why then would you be ok in us taking someone elses high paid cast off? Forget Chelsea players while they are interested in Rice. We need to shift Wilshere and Anderson quick.
I would seriously consider Phil Jones at the moment on a loan or at a decent price and 65k a week with appearance bonus, look how well Evans did after leaving UTD.




08 Sep 2020 16:16:23
Just a bit of perspective to fans constantly directing anger at our club and its owners, especially the popular Youtube channels that display inflated reactions and use extreme headlines. All this does is create unrest and negativity at our club, and this impacts results. You are not the problem, but social media algorithams are designed to spread extreme (headline catching) opinions and these ARE a problem. Your desire for clicks and views does hamper our club.
Since Jan 1st:
Only the top 6 have scored MORE goals than West Ham.
Only Watford (relegated) Bournemouth (relegated) Norwich (relegated) and Aston Villa have conceded more than West Ham.
Its clear what we need to fix, and waiting to see if we recieved redundant offers/ fees for Anderson or Lanzini at the end of the window leaves us no time to act, if we can sell them at all. And failing to improve our back 4 is likely a sure route to relegation for us. Selling Grady gives Moyes 3 weeks to at least TRY and fix the problem. It takes BALLS for our board to do this. Bear in mind we have already effectively spent £38m this summer considering January siginings are effectively taken from the next summer's budget. Throw in that we spent a lot last summer as well, and then add the revenue loss clubs will have in the coming years due to the virus, and inevitably BIG and UNPOPULAR decisions are needed.
I am ANGRY just like Nobes that we had to sell a promising academy player in a position we will need to improve in long term. I REALLY liked Grady, but he offered no guarantee of PL success, and in contrast Bowen was £4m more and had scored 16 championship goals by Jan last season vs Grady's 8 goals all season in arguably a stronger team. The step us is NOT guaranteed, and we NEED cash URGENTLY. Instead, deal with the dissapointment, and hope and use your platform to encourage belief that his departure will help us improve in more vital areas.


1.) 08 Sep 2020 21:06:23
Fantastic post Nickinho . Very difficult for anybody to argue against statistics like that.

2.) 08 Sep 2020 21:20:23
Let’s face it, this is mostly down to Pellegrini. We have spent a lot of money over the last year supporting pellegrini and this is what is holding us back now.
Football is a business, like it or not! There is only a certain amount of risk the owners are going to take.
Personally I am not sure G&S are the right fit for West Ham but they have steadied the finances since Egghead and his Icelandic’s nearly broke us, so let’s give them a bit of credit.

3.) 08 Sep 2020 22:14:46
Good stuff, Nick.

4.) 08 Sep 2020 23:00:38
I see the 17 year old boy we got from UTD got a brace against SOUTHEND tonight let's hope we've got a RASHFORD OR GREENWOOD you never know. COYI.

5.) 09 Sep 2020 07:54:20
Very interesting interview with DM in Sunday paper! He’s a very thorough man that sees time as one of his main factors to build! When he took over from MP we were in the bottom 3, we shouldn’t forget that. He wants to play with more “dynamism” and young legs, after DM’s arrival only teams in the top 4 plus Arsenal scored more Premier league goals than us.
He wants to “squeeze everything out of players with the prime example of Antonio or “Micky “ as he refers to him, he now sees him as a centre forward long term.
When asked which player was most important to survival, he said no doubt, Mark Noble, on and off the pitch and wants to see his mentality throughout the team.
He said Rice is the future in WH and in the Mark Noble mould.
He said the board invested £200m in the last manager which proves spending doesn’t guarantee success. ⚒⚒⚒Lots more in the interview but just a few quotes! ⚒⚒⚒.

6.) 09 Sep 2020 10:11:27
The bloke’s got his feet firmly on the ground. I hope he can keep us up this season to give himself the time he needs to move forward.

7.) 09 Sep 2020 19:13:29
Whorya the highlights of the game are on the website both goals Odubeko scored were very good one with each foot. He is still only 17 but if he striking the ball like that regularly I don't see why an opportunity wouldn't be to far away for him, not sure what the rest of his game is like and why man u let him go so easily?

8.) 09 Sep 2020 19:36:48
Cheers Iron. Al yeah great strikes thanks for the info mate. COYI.



21 Aug 2020 10:56:01
I for one am not expecting any marquee signing unless the Eze deal can be done, but money will be an issue this summer so don't get our hopes up. I'd prefer us to consolidate this year an build a good base SQUAD.
Priority wise, i think Eze is low down as we do have goals in us, we just can't keep them out. Am i right that we lost the most points from winning positions last season?
For me, we DESPARATELY need cover. The fixtures are more congested this season so a squad is KEY. Under MP we had a first team but NOTHING behind it with the likes of Sanchez, Roberto and Masuaku coming in so injuries and rotation just made us terrible. It looks like Moyes is going this route, evidenced by him wanting a CB so that he has both cover and the option to go 3 at the back with wingbacks (which i like BTW as a way to unlock Haller) . Duffy is a decent and cost effective option for us in this regard as Diop and Oggy will be 1st choice. We are clearly in the market for a LB and Masuaku needs to be moved. RB may be ok for this season as any new signing will not be word beater as we will bring Johnson through.
CM is a BIG one for me. Rice and Soucek are the ONLY two that give us balance to the team. Can they play every minute of every game, NO. Cullen could do a job but will he be good enough in the prem, only time will tell. So at the moment we have no reliable backup in CM.
Sale of Felipe will be key and could get us Duffy and maybe a backup CM. Where is the cash for LB and Eze? Hugill, £5m, Ajeti £5m, Masuaku £4m Loan market could be very interesting.


1.) 21 Aug 2020 14:55:49
Agree. Your comments make sense.

We need to score at least as many, if not more - and concede half as many if not fewer.

Easy, this football lark. I should be a manager.



13 Jul 2020 12:24:16
Results did not go our way this weekend. I really didn't like fans saying we were safe after the Norwich win, I actually think we have one of the hardest run-ins of the relegation candidates. We are playing teams who all have someingthing to play for while the others are not. I'm hoping City and Everton do us a favour before our HUGE game vs Watford. I do not want a last game decider.
Just wanted to pass a note on our play under Moyes since the restart, which i have actually been very happy with. We started a bit too defensive in the first 2 games, but have progressed as we have gotten match fitness back. We bettered Burnley throughout IMO and if we take our chances going forward we will be ok. We FINALLY have players who look to get close to and/ or run beyond the front man, which is the key to unlocking Haller long-term. Antonio is doing great in that role ATM, and i relish him and Haller linking up again like they did vs Soton. Anderson for me though is simply not the player that works in the system, and i said before lockdown that he needs to be taught to use his pace to run behind rather than collecting the ball deep and/ or static and standing on the ball hoping other things happen in front of him. He could be UNREAL if he could adapt his game, as he has shown how devastating he is when he does it.
Final note goes to Soucek and whoever found this guy. WOW! He is not a CM who plays pretty football, but he does his job well in the centre and in our defensive phases, but his ability to arrive in the box and get on the end of things reminds me of Lampard! We could get 10+ goals out of him next year.


1.) 13 Jul 2020 14:36:59
Nick agree, we do have a harder run in with the others playing for the same as us! We have been depending on others losing for a number of seasons now, not good if it goes to the final game, that will be tortuous, please not😮😮Others will already be on holiday! Agree Soucek is a must to sign as you say, hope he does👍

2.) 13 Jul 2020 23:07:50
Watford game is the most important game we've had in a long time.

It's looking tough and rightly you point out the teams we are competing with to stay in the league are playing teams that have nothing to play for and dare I say it would rather see us go down.

I think Brighton might even get pulled back into it definitely going down to the wire I just hope that doesn't include us. I don't think I could take us losing rice soucek Antonio.

3.) 14 Jul 2020 02:02:36
Perfectly said nikinho.

4.) 14 Jul 2020 14:53:05
Hi Nlkinho have faith mate we WILL stay up buddy . COYI.

5.) 14 Jul 2020 15:27:12
Every time I think we’ve done enough, there’s a twist.

Bottom line - it’s in our own hands. Whilst I’ll be happy every time a team below us loses, if we win our winnable games we stay up.

6.) 14 Jul 2020 20:36:21
I think watford have the hardest run in us away City at home and Arsenal away now icant see us beating UTD the way they are playing but Southampton drew last night with them but hope it doesn't but if it did come down to it we must be good enough to beat VILLA plus our G/ D is a major plus with the points being the way they are. COYI.

7.) 14 Jul 2020 20:55:31
And I ain't just saying this but I think we have got a easier last 3 than watford as we have got 2 of the teams fighting for survival and you can flip it and say that they will be trying harder for victory to keep in the premier league but pressure can really make players freeze especially the younger players and I would like to think we have an experienced team. COYI.



03 Mar 2020 11:42:42
Great result at the weekend, think MOYES nailed it. What a difference it makes to our play, and importantly Haller, when we have players like Antonio and Bowen who will get around and, importantly, beyond him. Anderson and Lanzini are great, but they do not run behind the front men as they prefer to play deeper and in-front of the defence. This is why they have both looked poor this season, because their current game does not suit a striker like Haller. Anderson would be UNREAL if Moyes can coach this to him.

Don't understand the criticism Moyes got when not starting Bowen vs City and Liverpool. Yes he would have improved our team (undoubtedly), but clearly MOYES wanted his first start to be at home vs a team we could compete against to give him confidence. Either of the other games could have dented his confidence massively in his transition from the Championship. Moyes says we can't rely on him to be our saviour, but he clearly knows that he COULD BE our saviour if managed properly. Great bit of man management IMO.

There are NO games in our final fixtures that we could not win on our day, I'd personally like us to be on the front foot for all of these games. Only Man Utd away is a game we could maybe show a LITTLE more caution than we did vs Saints. Arsenal and Spurs away will be tough, but to beat them on their turf you need to go at them and pressure them into mistakes.
SUPPORT the players, TRUST in Moyes!


1.) 03 Mar 2020 20:55:51
You got to hand it to Moyes. As much as we all wanted bowen in the team he was clearly saving him for the saints game and well done to fir doing it. It seems from what I hear that moyes if we stay upset targeting younger hungrier players for next season and looking seriously at chsmpionship.

2.) 03 Mar 2020 20:59:40
Haller won 14 aerial duels. He is brilliant in the air - just look at how high he jumped to challenge the keeper before his goal and how many knock ons he played.

Nick, you are spot on about the support he needs, especially players running beyond him so he can glance those headers through.

Once I’d seen the you tube stuff, I was mad keen for Haller to come to us, but h simply must have the necessary support to show him at his devastating best.

Bowen was excellent and Antonio was Antonio (a handful for any defender in the country) .

I just have to wonder if Moyse will be brave enough to stick with this electric front three against the tougher teams. God, I hope so!




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25 Sep 2020 14:33:19
There is a strong reason for Dec to stay, and that is the fact that he will get experience captaining a side in the PL with us this season. If he is confident in his ability, then there WILL be suitors for him next summer again, and proving himself as a captain will only help him develop and get bigger interest.
His contract is long, so i do not think WHU will lose out too much on his value if he stays.
No guarantees in today's football, i hope he stays though.
I fear the main battle at the moment is Sullivan and transfers. Sullivan spent big on Pellegrini's wishlist and look where it got us. Now Moyes wants to spend all our budget on one player, and Sullivan is nervous to do so after all the spending under MP. Understandable IMO, he may hesitate putting all his eggs in Moyes's basket like he did for Pellegrini, Moyes did buy Hugill after all. If there is any time to align with the manager though it is now, and CB is CLEARLY an area we need to improve.




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14 Sep 2020 15:26:23
Agree to both points above.
SDL - you are right, this is normal and always has been. Why fans expect to be chasing europe as their base expectation every year is beyond me.
Whorya - I think we knew a while ago that he had slowed, and that we needed athleticism and improvements in CM, even more so now the game has become even more about running. Problem is, he is still our best passer, and by far our best captain. Last year it was a great move from Moyes to get Soucek in and then put Nobes further up where his lack of pace can be accomodated, and players could still benefit from his leadership and attitude.
New season now though, and Nobes should be an impact sub going forward. He should have been last year but this position was NEVER ADDRESSED previously. We have SOO many options in CAM Lanzini, Fornals, Snods or even Cullen who all have better legs. Get them on from the start. Note - only Cullen from the above is someone i believe can play as a 2 man CM. All other are CAM with TWO players behind them in CM.
LOVE Nobes, but we should use him sparingly and tactically corretly in today's athletic game.




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14 Sep 2020 11:25:54
Newcastle game looked to me like a team not match fit, and this was evident from both teams. Rice and Soucek have both not had any sort of ideal "pre-season" and both did not hit the levels they were after lockdown. One plus side is that I thought the same after lockdown, and Moyes got us going soon after.
I have NO IDEA why Noble played so deep. I remember after lockdown he played much further up the pitch behind Antonio, and it worked ok. Vs Newcastle he seemed to come deep when we had the ball, this left us bare in the pocket as Soucek is not a passer, he is a box to box player who times his runs into the box. For me, FORNALS should play in the pocket or even go 2 up top. If NOBES is to play CAM then tactically get him to stick to that role. Even Bowen there works well with Yarmo out wide. With all our CAM's I think we can afford to bench Nobes in games like this.
Newcastle were not great by all means, they just took opportunities.
vs Charlton we could play Haller, Yarmo RW, Lanzini CAM and Anderson LW with Cullen and Rice/ Soucek behind. Could be a very good front line!




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11 Sep 2020 16:49:18
Hi Eds,
I always read fan comments about "pay as you play" deals. To your knowledge are these sort of deals used much in current football, or even ever?
I cannot think of any.


{Ed002's Note - It is unusual but does happen with players coming to the end of their careers or players who have suffered bad injuries - effectively the player will be on a low basic salary with further payments made on appearances, perhaps goals and an end of the season performance bonus. So it happens, but not too often.}



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09 Sep 2020 15:00:59
Nowadays the multi-billionaire is the standard.
Sadly, i think a lot of those "hate the board, they ripped out our soul" fans would hypocritcally not say a word if a soul-less billionaire took over. Ironically, by their definition of soul, the owners, being fans and only growing up down the road, are the only "soul" the club has left (other than the ever present fans) .
Of course that would all change when the highs of the new owner's spending dwindles after we have STILL not reached Europa, and they want their investment back.
The only thing killing footballs soul is the extortionate money paid to players. For me, a salary cap/ rule on clubs is the only way to manage it, and let clubs bridge the gap to the extortionate wages via whatever PERFORMANCE bonuses they want to offer a player providing they can still stay within Financial Fair Play annually. This way a player cannot just get the hump and still earn huge sums sat on a bench. e. g. a 300k a week salary should be for example 50k max, then a club can offer 150k appearance fee + 50k goal fee + 50k win fee for example. Still a role for agents to neg the bonuses, and players like Sanchez would move clubs ASAP. Players like Ryan Fraser would have played after the restart as well.





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24 Sep 2020 13:41:35
On my commute to the living room I usually only encounter my partner frantically trying to hide the remote for the TV. Quite different to the packed/ crammed tube accross london with everyone breathing and coughing on each other, and the handrails that everyone then touches. Complete nonsense that a stadium is safer than home LOL
I want fans back as soon as possible, but comments like this are so stupid. They will always be more dangerous than staying at home, only and idiot would hint/ say otherwise. The only way my lounge would be more risky is if i were to invite 20+ people round to watch it with me and share a buffet.
When i am allowed to go back to a stadium it will be my choice to take the EXTRA risk it brings to both myself AND those around me.




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23 Sep 2020 10:27:01
I think the the virus cases have hit our plans for Wolves, as we would have gone 3 at the back and mirrored Wolves. If we do so now then we have no experienced CB for the bench, and Alese would need to be our backup CB (like this kid for the record, but he's young) .
Last night was encouraging, for me Yarmo is our BIGGEST goal threat as he is always creating, we should play him more. This 4 of Haller, Anderson, Lanzini and Yarmo looked a group who were enjoying playing with one another. Lanzini and Haller looked very good again, and while Anderson was not influential, he showed more than i have seen from him in a LONG time with his effort, and was more direct.
Hull were VERY poor to give context, but we have lost to lower league teams in the past, and WHU played with intensity and tempo last night. Encouragin from those players who ALL (bar Wilshere) put pressure on the other players.




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23 Sep 2020 10:12:49
This is EXACTLY why we need a squad with DECENT backup players, It is even more important this year given fixture congestion and the virus. Imagine if this was Rice and Soucek off for 10 days. We need a CB, 3 is not enough, especially if we want to play 3 at the back with wingbacks. And we need Wilshere gone and a CDM as cover.
Worth noting Diop and Cullen may be unavailable for longer than 10 days, as they will NOT be trainig with the squad during the isolation time. They will need time to get match fit and back to playing with the ball again.




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22 Sep 2020 12:39:27
I go right back to MP on the Haller issue, his stubborness to change his formation left Seb struggling and WHU suffered as a result. Multiple managers in 5 years has left us with a squad of players who do not yet fit a system that suits all players.
The reason Moyes won't play Haller with Antonio is because if one gets injured he has no backup. He'd rather play one of them and try and support them with a combo of Bowen, Yarmo, Lanzini, Anderson and Fornals. Anderson is key here for me, teach him to play a way that works with Haller and it could be a game changer. If not, play Antonio and buy a new backup striker. But, where is the cash for that this season given we need to sure up the back first.
I think Masuaku and Tarkowski (or another GOOD centre back) could be the Key. May sound like iv done a Tory U-turn on Arthur, but the justification is in a formation change. Arthur cannot play LB (he even said once that it is not his position), but he CAN play LWB and and with Tarkowski it allows us to play 3 at the back with Dec and Soucek in front, Dec holding and Soucek occasionally getting into the box for crosses. This enables us to play 3 attacking players, none of whom are relied upon to give us width (as we have quick wing backs for this) and thus allowing them to get close and/ or beyond Haller.
By all accounts we did well vs Arsenal (i intend to watch full 90 this week as I missed the live game) and this was becasue we played 3 at the back using Cresswell there. This is why i can understand Moyes going all in on Tarkowski. Whether this is his plan remains to be seen, but it's what i would do this season given what we have and limited funds.




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28 Jul 2020 13:05:08
Funny how we all have differnt opinions.
I would not want Dyche, I do not think he is any better than Moyes. And from what i saw when we played Burnley (and every other Dyche team i have watched) I do not like the football he plays. We DOMINATED them but managed to come out losing 1-0, their keeper Nick Pope was clear MOM. This is a familiar thing for Burnley, they have managed games like that all season. I agree that it is credit to Dyche for getting that fighting spirit and willingness to run etc, and i respect him hugely as a manager, but they have rode their luck this season massively at times, and rarely IMO look the better team. Nick Pope SHOULD have been keeper of the season this year by a country mile IMO.
Respect the guy a lot, but not sure he is what we want.