Argentine will become key West Ham attacker in Payet's absence

Argentine will become key West Ham attacker in Payet's absence

Following Dmitri Payet's departure from West Ham, the club must now turn to Manuel Lanzini as their key attacker and the Argentine must deliver. He faces a heavy burden - following in the footsteps of the talented Frenchman but Lanzini's importance to Slaven Bilic's side has doubled given Payet's departure. Despite a shaky start to the season and statistics which were much less impressive than his numbers in the final weeks of the 2015-16 season, Payet still held much importance …
West Ham’s Abysmal Start

West Ham’s Abysmal Start

When West Ham United finished seventh in the English Premier League last season, improving by five positions, the effusive season reviews (example) they received were completely justified. Not only had they beaten Liverpool (Home & Away), Manchester City and Arsenal (Away), Chelsea and Manchester United (Home), but also qualified for Europa League because of their league position, and they were moving to a new, bigger stadium. Although that move could have jinxed the team’s fortunes, if you were a West …
West Ham's stadium move is a bad omen

West Ham's stadium move is a bad omen

Since switching to the Olympic stadium, West Ham United's home form seems to have taken a dip but it's not the first time a club has struggled to adapt to it's new surroundings. There's been a few stadium changes in the Premier League in recent years, with Arsenal's switch to the Emirates being one of the biggest in English football history. West Ham played their first fixture at the unfamiliar Stratford turf on 4th August in a Europa League qualifier …
What is going wrong for West Ham?

What is going wrong for West Ham?

As things stand, it would be fair to say that West Ham are falling apart in disappointing fashion under Slaven Bilic. Currently as low as 18th in the Premier League with just three points in the bag from five games, West Ham's plans to start the season on a high have already been blown up in smoke, especially after being knocked out of the Europa League by Astra Giurgiu in the first knockout round of the tournament and following the pathetic …
Slaven Bilic the RockStar Manager

Slaven Bilic the RockStar Manager

Any club that makes four close season signings and all four pay off will inevitably have a good season. Slaven Bilic signed Dmitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini, Angelo Agbonna and Michail Antonio and they have all slotted seamlessly into the first team contributing immensely. Payet with 9 goals 9 assists, Lanzini with 6 goals 2 assists and Antonio has 6 goals and 5 assists. That's an astonishing 21 Premier League goals and 17 assists from 3 new signings at a combined …
Chelsea vs West Ham Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

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

Champions Chelsea host high flying West Ham United on Match day 31 of the Premier League in a bid to salvage their season. With the title out of their reach, Guus Hiddink’s side will be hoping to finish their season on a high. However, West Ham, who are in sublime form over the last few weeks stand in their way. Chelsea’s home form has been an area of concern as they have won just once in the last 6 home …
Ronald Koeman Deserves More Credit

Ronald Koeman Deserves More Credit

 When the Premier League Manager of the Season announcement comes in May, it will almost certainly be Claudio Ranieri that scoops the award. In truth, only Mauricio Pochettino has any chance of beating the Italian to the award. Meanwhile, Slaven Bilic, Quique Flores and Eddie Howe have rightly garnered widespread plaudits for their respective achievements this term. The quality of those five managers has led to Ronald Koeman’s accomplishments being left to go a little off the radar, but the …
Observations from West Ham 2 Manchester City 2

Observations from West Ham 2 Manchester City 2

It was a pulsating game of football that finished 2-2, it was entertaining to watch and dramatic from start to finish, quite literally; but was there anything to take from the game? I believe so. Dimitri Payet A contender for signing of the season, he has been a revelation for the Hammers this season and was excellent in this game. His technique, composure on the ball, vision and passing really made him stand out and when you consider Sergio Aguero, …