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14 Nov 2019 17:34:06
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14 Nov 2019 17:27:56
I see no reason not to go for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Serial winner, consummate professional, still a very talented player.

Superb commercial buy too. Don't see any reason not to try.

London is a huge draw for foreign players.

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And Finally

14 Nov 2019 16:56:27
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11 Nov 2019 20:35:02
Time for Pellegrini to change formation. Try 3-5-2.

1. Martin

Ogbonna, Diop, Rice

Fredericks, Snods, Noble, Anderson, Masuaku

Haller, Antonio.

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13 Nov 2019 09:21:23
Wouldn’t play Diop at the moment, if you look at all the goals we have conceded this season he is out of position for most of them. He is having that second season issue so many players have and Anderson is pretty much in the same boat.

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11 Nov 2019 13:21:48
so our shocking form continues and at Turf Moor i hope that was rock bottom i know the keeper did himself no favours but his back 4 or 5 whatever you want to call them (coz they aren't a defence at present) didn't help him, what ever Ogbonna did is a mystery and i read we are now giving MP more time which can mean one of a few things, we can't afford his payoff, no suitable candidate, a feint hope he will change his tactics, dare i say it if there were more honour among the industry should he perhaps resign ah but i forgot his massive pay off he would get - at least we have a break this week! however, more bad news i heard a whisper Fabianski is out until Easter - won't that be a joy
i have read many comments and like the rest of us feel so frustrated at what is being dished out at the minute - so please hard as it is COYI.

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14 Nov 2019 02:00:10
Hiya WHUWALES there is no excuse for ROBERTO for punching the ball into his own net that wasn't anything to do with the defense and yes the defence ain't great but you are all missing the trick it's the MIDFIELD who are leaving the defence exposed and it's then a knock on effect NOBLE isn't at premier league levels especially fitness wise he's too slow in pressing and cannot get back when forward SNODGRASS ain't IMO a premier league player he's a decent championship player and the difference is massive and the team needs a complete new midfield as defence wise only RICE is up to the job ANDERSON ain't a winger more a no10 for me, when on the wing he 80% cuts inside rather going down the wing not what a winger is meant to do anyway it needs tactics and a a few youngsters i.e HOLLAND SCULLY. COYI.

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14 Nov 2019 14:12:10
Im with Whorya, midfield needs attention fast. I don't think our defence is as bad as some make out, just gets exposed too easily by a slow midfield that has relied on Declan too much to cover them on his own. And Dec's only weakness is . . PACE
Against Burnley, Roberto had no excuse for punching into his own net, he has no excuse for punching before the corner that got Burnley their first, and he has no excuse to throw the ball to Balbuena when he was not at all in a position to receive the ball (Balbuena for the record could have done better also, but even he was SHOCKED that the ball was being thrown to him)

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11 Nov 2019 10:24:01
{Ed's Note - DIE_4_WHUFC has posted a new article entitled, My Current Thoughts On West Ham United

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Top 10 Goalkeepers

10 Nov 2019 13:09:15
{Ed's Note - Ed001 has posted a new article entitled, Top 10 Goalkeepers

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11 Nov 2019 13:25:42
According to the press Pelllegrini will not
be leaving the club anytime soon, can’t say
I’m surprised, I can’t see there will be any
changes in our line up apart from injury
My prediction is
Roberto
Fredericks
Diop
Balbuena
Rice
Snodgrass
Noble/ Sanchez
Anderson
Yarmalenko
Haller.

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10 Nov 2019 09:08:59
IF West Ham do get rid of the manager what's the betting they do it at the same time Arsenal get rid of Emery, therefore the managers that are available or the managers that will be spoken about (i e Howe) will want to speak to Arsenal instead of West Ham, I don't like to see managers lose their jobs but this is all down to Pellegrini with some bad selections and tactics so maybe a change will be best?

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11 Nov 2019 13:11:02
Tough times for MP at the moment, but I still think it is too early to make a change now. Hindsight may prove me wrong in 3 to 9 months time, but that is irrelevant as we do not have it NOW. The last 5 games have highlighted there is a consistent issue, and as a club the owners need to highlight the issue, say it needs to be fixed, and allow the manager time to fix it.
MP does not have the players to play his style, and we have a clear weakness that other teams are exposing. This has been made worse by our backup keeper making THREE unforgivable errors on the weekend.
We all love MP's attacking ethos, but its useless if it leaves us totally exposed all the time. MP needs to adapt his tactics slightly using the players he has available in order to give us a balance. I hate to say it but a Noble injury may be the catalyst that forces his hand to change the makeup of our midfield.

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11 Nov 2019 20:35:23
The thing that worries me most NLCKINHO is he hasn't got a plan b, sticking with what he knows which ain't working and just hoping to get a result and not changing personnel unless injured that's why IMO he needs replacing our under 23s are top of the league and 2 players in the top three goalscorers in the league in SCULLY and HOLLAND both midfielders although SCULLY has moved further forward so at least put them in the matchday squad. COYI.

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14 Nov 2019 14:25:11
A lack of a plan B is worrying indeed. I understand the need to keep trying to perfect his Plan A (albeit to the frustration of fans when we have hindsight after games), but there comes a time when MP should realise that he has not got (or is not playing) the right players that will balance his tactics effectively. For me, that was after the Everton game, and against Newcastle and Burnley we should have made alterations to cover weaknesses.
He needs to realise he cannot yet play his "pure" football, and until he can he must balance our CM so that it can protect our defence effectively. The knock-on effect could be that our creative players have more confidence to get up and support Haller, killing two birds with one stone effectively.

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09 Nov 2019 21:35:14
Moving Adrian on has proved to be the worst decision made in the last window. Roberto simply isn’t up to it (responsible for two goals today) . Martin must wonder why he moved, his dad would make a better fist of it in goal than Roberto at the moment. MP’s forward flowing football works if you have a team full of superstars, but we are not that. Teams have worked us out and consistently hit us on the break with long balls or quick play through the middle or down the flanks.
I feel really sorry for Haller. We all saw what a top forward he was last year as part of a two up front. MP’s style leaves him isolated and working off scraps. What has happened to Anderson? He twiddles down the wing, looks a threat but there is never an end product. Lanzini, who has been a fantastic player, looks a shadow of his former self.
We are desperate for better structure a more direct front play. I can’t wait to see Antonio back in the fold.

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10 Nov 2019 03:35:12
Anderson best position has always been a no 10 play him behind Haller why doesn’t MP change things up ie getting Yarmalenko to switch over to the left side?

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10 Nov 2019 06:42:03
What I cannot understand is why is he not trying Trott, meant to be a good keeper, give him a go.
I for one would rather get relegated using the youngsters than putting up with the effort we see now.
I reckon I could give the managers job a good go, I’d take £50,000 basic, if I got 7th or over I’d want £100,000 per position bonus.
To me that’s a win win for GS!
Fans would enjoy youngsters giving it a good go, I go to the u23’s games and you see effort.
Best thing that has happened to Chelsea is the transfer ban, hate to say it but they are enjoyable to watch and it’s all about the youth.
Time to move pellegrini on and go youth both in manager and players!

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10 Nov 2019 08:35:08
Unfortunately Pelllegrini will never change
his one and only way of playing. He is inept
of making any changes to combat the
opposition! Looks like we will be without
noble and lanzini for spurs so what will the
dinosaur do, probably Sanchez and Fornals
That will worry spurs.

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10 Nov 2019 09:48:52
Trott is on a year long loan at Wimbledon.

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10 Nov 2019 20:22:41
I have to say I think Yarmolenko is past it, he’s good for 10 mins in a game which we cannot afford that luxury!
Antonio hopefully back for spurs game, we need someone to give a bit of running up and down, nobody else wants to do it.
My 11 would be

A goalie other than roberto!
Fredericks, Ogbonna, Reid, cresswell
Masuaku, rice, Antonio, Holland
Anderson or the new striker from Man Utd and haller up front.

We need to get over this “they are too young”, we have got Coventry, Silva, Holland and several others so give them a go.

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11 Nov 2019 11:05:10
I love your team Bobbywhufc, I would love to see Holland given a chance, even 30 minutes for a couple of games to see if he can cope with premiership same with Masuaku. The best defences in the world rely on a combination of competence and understanding, they don't always need to be the best defenders but know how to cover each other. Pelle needs to pick the best combination and then stick to it for a few games so they can build themselves that understanding and I think, as long as they are capable of being in the same team I think any 4 of Fredericks, Ogbonna, Reid, Diop and Cresswell must be given a chance.

Our midfield has stopped working, back in September everyone was glowing about it but what now. I am hugely disappointed that Fornals hasn't worked, Lancini is injured but has always been fickle and Wiltshire, Anderson, Snodgrass, Noble, Rice have lost their way. Having Antonio back will be good news, though he is prone to injury.

Haller back in September was being picked for 20 goals plus this season but with no support doesn't seem to have any confidence any more.

It does seem to come down to the manager doesn't it, if he hasn't turned things around by Christmas then he must go cause we will then definitely be in a relegation battle and I don't think he is capable of handling that.

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11 Nov 2019 12:17:59
When we dropped Masuaku is when the crosses stopped coming in, his over lapping with Anderson was our outlet and haller was there to tap home, cresswell is good defender but looks like he’s running through cement going forward, got to start getting basics right.
Controversial but I would of taken money for Diop, whether it’s confidence or not he is running round like a headless chicken, a liability. Get Ogbonna in asapor even Gonçalo that young Portuguese defender!
I will be at next game but can only see a hammering the way we are set up, spurs will be well up for it which could be bad for us.

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11 Nov 2019 20:48:17
Hiya bobbywhufc you missed one in SCULLY top scorer in the league you know what will happen we will beat spurs and everyone will think we are ok if this happens which I for one can't see then its a complete lack of professionalism and I would out CRESWELL, ZABALETA, SANCHEZ, SNODGRASS, NOBLE, ROBERTO totally from the club and WILSHIRE as well not on ability but his fitness problems and I agree with you bobby the portugese defender must be better than creswell I don't agree on yarmolenko although he needs to improve fitness the team doesn't look fit enough IMO and on the HALLER situation he's totally isolated and needs at least a no 10 around him. COYI.

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09 Nov 2019 17:35:16
I predicted we could be 17th after this game and it only needs for Villa to win and we are in a relegation battle. My view is their is something wrong in the dressing room.

2 central defenders who were great last season wouldn't get a game in a National league fixture I watched the whole game and can't remember Fornals and ajeyti being mentioned Anderson looks a ltlle boy lost he either gets the ball taken off him loses it or stands there looming at it how many times could he have passed to Cresswell and just stood there today was unbelievable.

My own feelings are we need to start with a back 3 of Ogbonna Diop and Read (if he's still not ready play Rice in the back 3) Then a diamond with Rice playing in Front of Snodgrass 2 wing backs with Cresswell and Frederick's a front 3 of Masuarku Haller and Yarmalenko maybe drop Haller for Anthonio

The others need to fight there way into the reckoning The Goalkeeper is obviously Fabianski as soon as fit but at the moment Roberto can't be trusted good shot stopping but awful at crosses and no presence time to give Martin a try

Then there is Pelegrini if we are bottom 3 by the start of December then Sack him no ifs no buts he's out. Give the job to Kevin Keen till we can find someone who wants to be West Ham manager not just some over the hill money grabbing has been

It costs me over £3k a season watch this lot and no doubt many of you do to. I feel for the supporters who made the journey to Turf Moor today and probably got soaked in the process

OK rant over till after the Tottenham game when ever hopeful we may have got 3 points.

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09 Nov 2019 18:31:55
Agree with a lot of the above, however.

It’s far too soon to play Reed, he hasn’t played football for years now. There’s a difference between being fit and “match” fit. He’ll get torn apart against these premier league players at the moment. He’s probably our best centre back, but he needs to be eased back in at the moment, not thrown in the deep end.

Rice for me hasn’t looked right since the England game. I think he’s a confidence player and it’s at rock bottom at the moment and it shows in his performances. Although Anderson’s final product wasn’t great today, him and Snodgrass were the only players who looked even remotely bothered today.

The defence and goalkeeper were completely abject today. Diop looks lost, balbuena is out of position every single time, and Roberto can shot stop. but that’s about it.

Haller is probably wondering what sort of mistake he’s made leaving Frankfurt. they won 3-0 the other night.

Lots to work on - a relegation dog fight is the last thing we need.

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09 Nov 2019 19:31:06
We are in a relegation dogfight already
These players don’t have any desire or commitment
they don’t deserve to wear the shirt.
The manager is not good enough to change
things either, otherwise it would of changed.

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09 Nov 2019 19:37:09
We are spineless no plan players not wanting to play what's going on? We got good young players but pell won't pick em . Why?

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09 Nov 2019 20:28:14
I sort of get what your saying TK but Reid isn't a youngster needing protecting he's in the latter years of his career and very experienced he's had two games back and I get they are below the standard but it's minutes he needs not experience and cannot possibly do any worse than what we have its the midfield which I've been banging on about when we had the chance to buy KANTE before he joined leicester as NOBLES legs are gone he's OK with the ball at his feet but agonisingly slow to react and get tracking back when forward I'm sorry but SNODGRASS imo isn't up to constantly performing in the premier league so for me I'd out NOBLE, SNODGRASS, ZABALETA, WILSHIRE (ON HIS INJURY RECORD NOT ABILITY), SANCHEZ, ROBERTO, CRESWELL, and try and replace them in the next transfer window I know it's quite a few replacements but it's gone on long enough with us playing deadwood and has been's. COYI.

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10 Nov 2019 13:20:30
It doesn't matter who the manager is its the lack of investment in the squad one bigish budget last season and a 23 million net spend last summer isn't no where near good enough the two bobs just want to stay up and grab the tv money their loans are repaid with 5% intrest tells you everything you need to know about them.

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09 Nov 2019 17:04:26
That was truly awful again, no fight, no idea. Roberto, Diop, Balbuena, Anderson, Rice, all next to useless - Roberto, Diop and Anderson all serial offenders over the last month or so too. We have a good squad but not a squad who will be strong in a fight at the bottom if we get sucked into it over the next month of games. Unless we lift for the Spurs game, which we do tend to do, I can see an embarrassing result and then the board will have to consider things. As I have said before I don't like when panic happens and managers are sacked and am not calling for MPs head but I think that a big loss might just make them consider his position.

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09 Nov 2019 17:30:23
Why wait any longer
If it ain’t changed by now can’t see it changing
at all.

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