West Ham Player Ratings vs Crystal Palace (A) 2017

Here is how West Ham’s players performed at Selhurst Park over the weekend against Crystal Palace- compiled from various media sources. The Hammers squandered a 2-0 lead and a big opportunity to register their first away league win of the season to draw 2-2 with the Eagles.

Not surprisingly, keeper Joe Hart, who had around half a dozen good saves to keep Palace at bay, and striker Andre Ayew, who scored a peach of a goal, are the highest rated players.

Angelo Ogbonna comes in flak, with his silly challenge on Andros Townsend giving Palace a route back into the game. [Read more…]

Joe Hart becomes third highest capped England goalkeeper against Slovenia

Joe Hart now has more England caps than the legendary Gordon Banks! Hart achieved the feat earlier today evening in England’s World Cup qualifier against Slovenia at Wembley. He earned his 74th cap, thus overtaking Gordon Banks (73). Only David Seaman (75) and Peter Shilton (125) have more England caps than the West Ham goalkeeper. [Read more…]

Manchester United 4-0 West Ham- Analysis, Match Report and Thoughts

This was always going to be a tough start to the new Premier League season. The second season in Jose Mourinho’s tenure in his managerial stints so far has always been good for the Portuguese gaffer, and with the Red Devils’ attack spearheaded by a striker who loves to score against West Ham for fun, it perhaps came as no surprise that the visitors ended on the wrong side of a 4-0 scoreline.

West Ham sorely missed the creativity of Manuel Lanzini in attack and the pace of Michail Antonio. United were too good for them, especially in the centre of the park, where the trio of Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and new signing Nemanja Matic outclassed Mark Noble, Pedro Obiang and Edimilson Fernandes.

United dominated the early stages of the game and Mata had two good chances to put them ahead, but the Spaniard failed to make the most of both chances. West Ham held out for half an hour, but the goal came, and it was new signing Matic who was at the heart of it. The Serbian dispossessed Pedro Obiang in midfield and United launched a blistering counter attack in midfield through the speedy Marcus Rashford. Not content with having initiated the move, Matic also ran a clever support line that kept Winston Reid in suspense, and it was enough to give Romelu Lukaku space to score on his OT debut. [Read more…]

West Ham sign Joe Hart on loan

West Ham have completed the signing of Joe Hart on loan from Manchester City. The England stopper spent last season in the Italian top flight with Torino and will spend the whole of 2017/18 at the London Stadium.

Hart, who is on a £4.5m contract with City, will get paid £2.5m by West Ham (allowing the club to operate within their wage structure), but the Hammers will also pay £2m as loan fee to City, who will in turn bear the remaining part of the 30 year old’s wages. [Read more…]