Payet makes second Marseille league debut v Metz, OM lose 1-0

Dimitri Payet made his “second” league debut for Marseille in their Match Day 23 clash against FC Metz. Payet, who had also played in the Coupe de France win over Lyon, was a second half substitute for OM against Metz, replacing Bouna Sarr nine minutes into the second half.

Unfortunately for Payet and OM, Metz won the game 1-0 thanks to Yann Jouffre’s 82nd minute strike. A disappointing result for OM, who were very poor on the road in the first half of the Ligue 1 season [Read more…]

Video Manuel Lanzini’s delicate chip finish v Palace

Didn’t get as much attention owing to the stunner that Carroll’s goal was, but Manuel Lanzini again showed his class and his liking for Palace! (he’s scored every time he’s played them) with this delicate chip goal, scored after a wonderful counter attack from West Ham [Read more…]

Video Andy Carroll’s goal of the season contender v Palace

We’ve run out of superlatives to describe this one, so we’ll let the video do the talking. Check out Andy Carroll’s wonderful scissor kick v Palace (the same team against whom Giroud scored his “scorpion” kick) [Read more…]

Video Slaven Bilic says “Payet does not want to play” for West Ham

Watch a video where West Ham manager Slaven Bilic admits that Dimitri Payet “does not want to play” for the club. Bilic however reiterates that the club do not want to sell their best players.

Payet enjoyed a dream season with West Ham in 2015/16 after his switch from Marseille and earned a maiden call up to the French national squad [Read more…]

Key moment Video Feghouli open goal miss vs Man City in the FA Cup

Well, this was a rather depressing game to watch, more so the second half. However you probably can’t blame the players- they were 3-0 down at the interval and conceded one more shortly after coming on.

The first half was certainly better than the second, but this open goal miss from Sofiane Feghouli was a key one- it would’ve been an equaliser after conceding a soft penalty through Ogbonna. Unfortunately for the Algerian, he failed to convert his chance and it was pretty much down hill after that. West Ham’s heads dropped, David Silva ran the show and three more goals were scored in quick succession, and John Stones added a late fifth to complete a comprehensive win for Pep Guardiola’s side [Read more…]

Sofiane Feghouli ban rescinded | Can play against Man City on Friday

West Ham midfielder Sofiane Feghouli will not be required to serve a three game ban and is free to play against Man City on Friday in the FA Cup after the Football Association overturned his red card. Feghouli was sent off 15 minutes into West Ham’s 2-0 loss against Manchester United by Mike Dean for his “challenge” on Phil Jones.

While it’s good that his red has been overturned (check the video below for his dismissal), it’s a bit frustrating for West Ham fans that it cannot alter the result of the game- one where they started well and then had to play 75 minutes one man down.

West Ham have also now had four of their last five red cards rescinded by the FA- not a stat that makes for happy reading at all! [Read more…]

West Ham’s Sofiane Feghouli not included in Algeria’s 23 man AFCON squad

West Ham’s Sofiane Feghouli will not be featuring at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations after Fennecs coach George Leekens chose to leave him out of his final 23 member squad.

Three England based players- the Leicester duo of Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani and Watford’s Adlene Guedioura have been included.

Algeria are in Group B for the tournament alongisde North African rivals Tunisia, Senegal and Zimbabwe. [Read more…]

Zaza to leave West Ham | Valencia expected to be next destination for striker

Italian striker Simone Zaza is almost certain to leave West Ham in January after his father Antonio confirmed that the 25 year old was in negotiation with Valencia over a possible move in the winter transfer window.

Zaza moved from Juve to West Ham on loan with an option to buy (believed to be triggered on making 14 appearances). The Hammers paid an initial £5m fee, with £20m to be paid to make the transfer permanent if he made a set number of appearances.

Originally touted to be the next Di Canio, Zaza has been, to mildly put it, a major disappointment and failed to score even a single goal in England. He has made a total of 11 appearances for the Hammers.

Valencia, managed by Cesare Prandelli has been touted as a potential option, but Los Che have problems of their own [Read more…]