Can Watford’s Serie A Imports Push Them Up the Table? – Part 1: Mauro Zarate

Can Watford’s Serie A Imports Push Them Up the Table? – Part 1: Mauro Zarate

This winter transfer window has been an interesting one. It proves a couple of points about the English Premier League and the nature of transfers in the winter. First, there is a widely held belief that the winter transfer market is overpriced and it seems that top six clubs generally have to over pay for what they buy in January. In case of a debate, I just name three Liverpool transfers – Suarez, Coutinho and Sturridge to counter this, but …
Chelsea vs West Ham Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Chelsea vs West Ham Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

These two sides will be the last to kick off their campaigns on Monday night, as West Ham travel to Chelsea for the first London derby of the season. It will be Antonio Conte's first match in charge and West Ham offer a difficult test for the Italian. The visitors have already played competitive fixtures this season as they have had to play in the qualifying rounds for the Europa League, which could mean they are fitter than Chelsea going into …
Manchester United vs West Ham United Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

Manchester United vs West Ham United Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

Manchester United host West Ham United in the Premier League with the Red Devils hoping to maintain their title challenge. Despite their being plenty of talk being about Manchester United's boring "style" of play, facts remain facts - United are unbeaten at home and are one point behind top placed Manchester City. West Ham started the season very brightly and have beaten big teams in the competition (Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City). However, since losing Dimitri Payet about a …
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 …
Could West Ham be a Surprise Package This Season?

Could West Ham be a Surprise Package This Season?

West Ham opened their Premier League campaign with a victory over Arsenal, in what was the best display of the opening weekend. The perfect combination of tenacious defending and skill in attack saw them take the three points at the Emirates Stadium after many thought they would struggle without Sam Allardyce at the helm. Although it is very early to judge sides, it looks like the Hammers will be difficult to beat under Slaven Bilic. They have a talented squad …