Sublime Payet sets the stage for the rest of the tournament

Sublime Payet sets the stage for the rest of the tournament

When Dimitri Payet came off the pitch, moments after scoring the gorgeous goal that gave France the 2-1 lead over Romania, he was not hiding his emotions. The West Ham attacker cried tears of joy after having provided the home fans a moment of unadulterated, unabashed joy. It was a goal he would have dreamt of scoring, at the grandest of stages, for his nation for whom he was on the fringes for so long. Payet almost didn't make it for …
West Ham vs Manchester United FA Cup Preview

West Ham vs Manchester United FA Cup Preview

After Thursday night’s humiliating 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in the Europa League, Manchester United will now have to face West Ham in the FA Cup and hope to reach their first semi-final in five years. Four consecutive wins between February 22 and March 2 led to suggestions that Louis van Gaal had turned a corner at Man United and could save what has been a poor campaign in the final months. The Dutchman's side are now back to square one, …
Roberto Martinez must tinker his football philosophy

Roberto Martinez must tinker his football philosophy

Roberto Martinez's first year in-charge of Everton was full of pleasant surprises. The former Wigan boss did a wonderful job as his side finished in fifth place and gave Arsenal a scare for the last Champions League spot. In hindsight, the 2013-14 season was one of overachievement for the Merseyside managers. Brendan Rodgers took Liverpool to almost win the title, eventually finishing in the second place and his counterpart at Everton ensured Everton finished with the European spot. In striking …
Top Ten Players in the Premier League This Season

Top Ten Players in the Premier League This Season

We're rapidly approaching the midway point of the Premier League season, and as always it's been a thrilling campaign. We've seen Leicester City unexpectedly soar to the top and Chelsea shockingly plummet to the bottom, and in between there are about a dozen teams playing some very exciting football. But on these teams, who have been the most impressive individual players so far in 2015/16? Read on for our top-10. 10. Yaya Touré - Manchester City Manchester City has had …
Six Early Candidates for EPL's Signing of the Season

Six Early Candidates for EPL's Signing of the Season

The season is at a point where assessments can be made about players and teams. Of course there is still ample time left and things may take change drastically, but we take a look at which players are the early contenders for the "signing of the season" tag. Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) Tottenham fought very hard to ensure the Belgian ended up at White Hart Lane instead of St Mary's. The £11.5 million summer signing has been incredibly important to the side's …
Tottenham vs West Ham Preview | Team News, Key Men & Predictions

Tottenham vs West Ham Preview | Team News, Key Men & Predictions

Undefeated since the opening day narrow loss to Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur will be feeling incredibly confident as they take on West Ham at home. The home team has pleased the neutrals and their impressive display against Arsenal warranted a win. They had to settle for a draw as fatigue set in eventually. Nevertheless, the North London side has been very impressive this season. West Ham have also played very well on occasion and surprisingly enough, done even better against …
Premier League 2015/16 | Team Of The Season So Far

Premier League 2015/16 | Team Of The Season So Far

With fans mourning the international break throughout the world for various reasons, it's only fair to look back on what's happened in English football till the last weekend and try to find out who's been good at their jobs and who's not been. Although, the season as a whole has not quite been the most scintillating and nerve-wracking in recent times, it's had its fair share of surprising victories and shocking defeats in these opening twelve weeks. So, as far …
Manuel Lanzini: Understated Quality

Manuel Lanzini: Understated Quality

When West Ham announced the season-long loan signing of Manuel Lanzini from Al Jazira Club in the United Arab Emirates, doubts were raised with the fans especially with the clubs recent record in unknown foreign contingents (Modibo Maiga please stand up). The 22-year-old Argentine has bucked that trend putting in a series of impressive performances of late that have propelled West Ham to third in the Barclays Premier League. The signing of Lanzini went largely under the radar given the influx of …