Now that the inconvenience of international football is out-of-the-way, where we watch our “top” players struggle against ordinary teams and run around the pitch like perfect strangers, we can get back to the real deal which is West Ham in the Premier League.
I used to love watching England and it was something I really looked forward to, now they are just games that get in the way of West Ham fixtures!
West Ham will be looking to bounce back from their last outing, a poor performance which culminated in a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Stoke City.
Southampton will be West Ham United’s next opponents, who are also on 4-points and who are also coming off the back of a 1-0 defeat in the league.
Unlike last season West Ham will be looking to improve their away form where they had one of the poorest records on the road as well as scoring the least goals away from the comfort of their home ground.
West Ham finally sprung into action this week by signing former Fulham striker Martin Petric, he looks a decent signing and more than capable of leading the line for West Ham, something which Maiga has struggled to do since his elevation to the starting eleven in the absence of Andy Carroll through injury.
Petric is a Croatian international and has excellent pedigree with spells in Germany with Borussia Dortmund and Hamburger SV where he notched 51 Bundesliga goals. Lets hope he can find his scoring boots while we are without Carroll.
Allardyce on Carroll injury
Allardyce has been speaking to SkySports today regarding the recent setback for Andy Carroll in his battle to return from injury:
It’s not frustrating, it is devastating, because we have gone through the process of 16 weeks to go along with specialist reports on how we deal with the rehab when Andy is recovered from this injury and, unfortunately for us, the specialist said there was a five per cent chance it may break down again and Andy is one of those five per cent unfortunately.
What we have to do is make sure we treat him in the right manner as quickly as we possibly can again and get it right as quickly as we can.
It is certainly not as serious as last time, that is the one encouraging thing but hugely, hugely disappointing for him and for us.
Carroll’s setback really shined a light on our failings in the transfer window to sign a quality striker, lets hope that Petric will make it all better!