West Ham 1-2 Bournemouth 2018 Review & Analysis- 150th league win as Bournemouth manager for Eddie Howe

Few would’ve expected West Ham to beat Liverpool at Anfield on the opening weekend, but this was definitely seen as a winnable fixture when the lists were announced. It was against Bournemouth (who had strung together only 4 away league wins last season), was their first of the 18/19 at the London Stadium under Manuel Pellegrini (who had registered 5-1 and 4-0 wins over the Cherries when he was manager of Man City)

Unfortunately, it all went pear shaped for the Hammers in the second half, with the Cherries completing a stunning come from behind victory to give manager Eddie Howe his 150th league win in charge of the club.

Pellegrini seemed to have sent a stern message with Ryan Fredericks, Declan Rice and Michail Antonio, all of whom could’ve been said to have performed poorly against Liverpool, axed from the match day squad. In came Pablo Zabaleta, Robert Snodgrass and Javier Hernandez, with Pellegrini opting for an effective 4-4-2 formation. [Read more…]

WC update- Hernandez’s Mexico stun defending champions Germany

West Ham striker Javier Hernandez played the full 90 as his Mexican side stunned reigning champions Germany in Moscow. It was the first time that Germany had lost an opening game in the defence of their World title, with Hirving Lozano’s 35th minute strike sinking Die Mannschaft.

Chicharito was in tears at the end of the game- this was a massive win for Mexico’s Ro16 hopes (Sweden and Korea are the other two teams in their group). [Read more…]

Javier Hernandez admits to wanting to leave in January, will re-assess situation in summer

West Ham’s Mexican striker Javier Hernandez has admitted that he did consider the possibility of leaving the club in the recently concluded winter transfer window. Hernandez has struggled to impress at the London Stadium since his summer switch from German outfit Bayer Leverkusen- perhaps not so much his fault individually but rather that of the system around him; he’s not a striker you’d want if your strategy is playing long balls into the box and his effectiveness is reduced by half when he is employed on the wing, as was done earlier in the season. All being said though, his returns have been meagre and with the lack of consistent playing time in east London, he revealed that he was worried for his spot in Mexico’s World Cup squad.

The 29 year old has scored five times in 24 appearances across all competitions for West Ham this season [Read more…]

Moyes confirmed as new West Ham manager- What does the future hold for Chicharito and co?

West Ham have officially confirmed that David Moyes will take over from Slaven Bilic till the end of the season. The Scottish gaffer has been given a six month contract at the London Stadium.

It’s obvious that many West Ham fans won’t take well to this news, and you can’t blame them- Moyes’ last managerial assignment at Sunderland saw the Black Cats drop down to the Championship, and he’s effectively been hired by Messrs Sullivan and Gold to prevent that precise thing from happening.

After finishing 10th under Steve Bruce in the 2010-11 season, Sunderland had always flirted with relegation- the likes of Di Canio, Poyet, Allardyce and Advocaat all managed to keep them up before they finally went down under Moyes in 2016/17. Under him, they averaged 0.63 league points per game in 2016/17- Bilic was at 0.82 this season before being shown the door. [Read more…]

West Ham 2-3 Tottenham | Thoughts and Opinions

This was a game that West Ham started and finished well, and lost in the middle. That’s about as succinct a summary as it gets.

With Pedro Obiang picking up a knock against West Brom, in came Mark Noble to the starting lineup, and with Carroll benched, Chicharito reverted to a more familiar central position, with Antonio and Arnautovic supporting the Mexican from the wings. James Collins, also injured against Albion, was replaced in the back three by Angelo Ogbonna. [Read more…]

West Ham to auction off match worn shirts from Tottenham game for charity

West Ham have announced that they will auction off match worn shirts after this weekend’s derby against local rivals Tottenham Hotspur, with all proceeds going to charity.

The proceeds from the auction will go to the YoXMexico foundation, an initiative launched by Hammers striker Javier Hernandez and his Mexican compatriot Miguel Layun, to help those hit by the recent earthquakes in Mexico.

Hammers chairman David Gold has also announced that they will match any donations raised from the auction. [Read more…]

Chicharito confirmed! West Ham complete Javier Hernandez signing

West Ham have officially confirmed the signing of striker Javier Hernandez from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen. The Mexican international, top scorer at the Bay Arena for the last two seasons, has put pen to paper a three year contract at the London Stadium, with the Hammers paying the Werkself £16m for his services.

The signing of Hernandez is the latest in the list of high profile signings to be made by the Hammers this summer, with Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart and Marko Arnautovic the other big name arrivals at the London Stadium.

Interestingly enough, West Ham’s first game of the season is against Hernandez’s old club Manchester United [Read more…]