Patient Spurs brim with confidence against Payet-less Hammers

Patient Spurs brim with confidence against Payet-less Hammers

Harry Kane is the one stealing the headlines after his two goal performance sunk a caged West Ham side, unable to exit their defensive shell and relieve Tottenham’s relentless pressure. However, it wasn’t just Kane. Reducing the team to his goals, no matter how important, would be a mistake, as that fails to appreciate the improvements and long-term progress made by the squad as a whole. It was yet another complete team performance from the North London side. Eriksen shone …
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 …
The Hyperbole of the Premier League

The Hyperbole of the Premier League

There is an innate arrogance about the supporters of the Premier League assuming it is the hardest in the world. However for every Memphis Depay and Pedro, for whom excuses are being meted out about the Premier League being a lot harder than their previous Dutch and Spanish leagues, there is a Dimitri Payet. Payet the £10.7m West Ham midfielder is arguably the most inform midfielder of the Premier League at present and he is playing only his eleventh game …
Assessing the New Premier League Managers

Assessing the New Premier League Managers

The three promoted teams Norwich, Watford and Bournemouth have kept their head above water in the first eight games with 8pts, 10pts and 8pts respectively. Leicester are doing well though, on 16pts from nine games. Sanchez-Flores and Claudio Ranieri deserve extra praise as they have come into a new team, a new country, and a new league a mere five months ago and galvanised them overnight (although, of course, Ranieri did manage Chelsea before Mourinho took over the first time). Equally Neil at …
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 …
Could West Ham be set for a bright future?

Could West Ham be set for a bright future?

West Ham have one of the most decorated histories in English football and it appears that they are making significant strides towards competing in the top half of the table again. Sam Allardyce has laid a platform at the club to push on for greater things. The Englishman looked like he had taken the club as far as he could as West Ham struggled to build on a good first half of the season. This summer the club have the …
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