Manchester United 0-3 West Ham U23- Young Hammers begin 2018 brightly

Goals from Diangana, Toni Martinez and Martin Samuelsen saw West Ham U23 begin the year on a bright note as they beat Manchester United U23’s 3-0 at Old Trafford. The game was goalless at the interval but Diangana’s 51st minute effort and Luca Ercolani’s red card seconds later swung the game the visitors’ way, and strikes from Martinez (61) and Samuelsen (63) sealed victory in this PL2 clash. [Read more…]

Leander Dendoncker to West Ham?- Hammers interested in rising Belgian star

West Ham are apparently interested in securing the services of rising Belgian star Leander Dendoncker, with manager David Moyes identifying midfield as a place requiring serious reinforcements for the Irons. Dendoncker was linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer window, but the switch didn’t materialise, with the Red Devils ending up signing Nemanja Matic from rivals Chelsea.

The 22 year old is a versatile player, capable of featuring in both midfield and defence, and reportedly has his heart set on a move out of Belgium after watching teammate Youri Tielemans transfer to French champions Monaco. [Read more…]

Huddersfield v West Ham Match Preview- Hammers return to league action

After a lacklustre showing last week against Shrewsbury Town, West Ham will return to league action on Saturday when they square off against Huddersfield Town.

The Hammers were held to a 0-0 draw by their third tier opponents, thus earning the latter a deserved replay at the London Stadium later this month and adding another fixture to the Irons’ already crowded schedule. [Read more…]

West Ham to face Bournemouth/Wigan if they beat Shrewsbury in FA Cup replay

West Ham United will face the winner of Wigan vs Bournemouth if they beat Shrewsbury in their FA Cup third round replay next week at the London Stadium. The draw for the fourth round of the tournament was made earlier today (8 January, 2017).

Wigan v Bournemouth, like the Hammers’ fixture against Shrewsbury, pits a third tier side vs a Premier League outfit. The original tie at Dean Court ended in a 2-2 draw, thanks to Steve Cook scoring a last gasp equaliser for the Cherries. Wigan were left fuming because of a potential non-awarded penalty just before Cook’s goal that would’ve seen the scoreline go 3-1 in favour of the home side.

The Latics are currently top of League One, with Shrewsbury in second. [Read more…]

Is Manuel Lanzini really that crucial to West Ham?

Manuel Lanzini arrived at West Ham United back in 2015 for an initial year-long loan spell for the 2015/16 season from Al Jazira Club and immediately shone in East London for his temporary employers.

The Argentine attacker struck on his club debut in the Europa League against minnows Astra Giurgiu, shining despite a 2-1 defeat in that maiden outing. He then bagged the opening goal in an eventual shock 3-0 Premier League triumph over Liverpool, as he continued to prove his class upon taking to then home ground of Upton Park. [Read more…]

Shrewsbury Town v West Ham (FA Cup) Player Ratings

It was pretty abysmal to watch, with the Hammers hardly troubling their third tier opponents, and the Shrewsbury manager saying after the game that “Bury had been tougher opponents” than David Moyes’ side. The game ended in a 0-0 draw, with the League One side earning a replay at the London Stadium.

There was little attacking threat of note from the Hammers and that is reflected in the attackers’ player ratings, with the likes of Hernandez and Ayew copping flak from the media. Pedro Obiang, the scorer of a wonder goal in West Ham’s previous game, and fellow midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate, weren’t rated highly, with the Senegalese given a rating of just 3 by one London news outlet. [Read more…]