Media Player Ratings for West Ham against Brighton- Fab great, Jack not so much

Here is how the major newspapers and media outlets rated West Ham’s players in their Round 2 clash against Brighton at the Amex on Saturday afternoon.

Manuel Pellegrini, clearly disappointed with his side’s second half capitulation against City, rang in the changes, with five new faces in the starting XI. West Ham started with wbat looked like a 4-1-4-1, with Pablo Fornals operating on the left, Robert Snodgrass on the right, and Manuel Lanzini and Jack Wilshere on either side of Declan Rice. Somewhat surprisingly, Javier Hernandez was named as the sole striker, on his own upfront against the tall Brighton CB trio of Shane Duffy, Lewis Dunk and Dan Burn.

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Media Player Ratings- How did West Ham’s players fare against Crystal Palace?

West Ham halted their four game losing streak on the road across all competitions with a hard fought 1-1 win against Crystal Palace over the weekend.

The Hammers opted to field the same XI that had drawn against table toppers Liverpool. They dominated the first half, with Felipe Anderson looking unstoppable as he pulled the strings on attack. The visitors went in 1-0 ahead at the break, with Mark Noble converting from the spot after Guaita had fouled Michail Antonio in the box.

The second half was an altogether different story, with Anderson and his team mates effectively opting to park the bus as they tried to repel wave after wave of Palace attack. The Eagles finally did manage to score, with Wilfried Zaha’s shot taking a deflection off Issa Diop en route to goal. The Hammers did not even have a single shot on target after the interval, with Marko Arnautovic not really able to influence the game in the half odd hour he spent on the pitch as a second half sub. [Read more…]

West Ham nominees at London Football Awards 2019- Declan Rice and Lukasz Fabianski

Two West Ham players could be line for trophies at the 2019 London Football Awards after they earned nominations in their respective categories.

Young Hammers midfielder Declan Rice was nominated in the “Young Player of the Year (U21)” category. Rice will face competition from Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi, Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan Bissaka, Charlton’s Karlan Grant and QPR’s Eberechi Eze.

Rice and Wan-Bissaka will be seen in action against each other when West Ham take on Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.

Pole Fabianski, who has been one of the Hammers’ best players all season, has earned a nomination for “Goalkeeper of the Year” alongside Chelsea’s Kepa, Watford’s Ben Foster, QPR’s Joe Lumley and Charlton’s Dillon Phillips. [Read more…]

West Ham stars Masuaku, Snodgrass not called up for November internationals

West Ham’s Arthur Masuaku and Robert Snodgrass will not be seen in action during the upcoming November internationals after they were left out of their respective national squads.

Left back Masuaku, who made his debut for DR Congo last month against Zimbabwe, has not been named in the Leopards’ 24 member squad to play neighbours Congo. Apart from Masuaku, other high profile omissions from the DRC squad that played Zimbabwe include Benik Afobe and Jacques Maghoma. There is however a recall for Celtic’s Youssuf Mulumbu, who last featured for his country at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. [Read more…]

Hammers watch- How did West Ham’s players on international duty fare?

Several West Ham players were called up to their respective international sides during the fortnightly break following the Hammers’ loss to Brighton at the Amex.

Here, we take a look at how the players performed during the break (updated for games played till October 16, 2018)

Marko Arnautovic: Manuel Pellegrini would’ve probably preferred his talismanic striker to have had a much needed break to get over his niggles. But he played the full 90 for Austria on Friday night against Northern Ireland, and also scored the winner for Franco Foda’s side in Vienna.

Arnautovic did not play in Austria’s loss to Denmark on the 16th of October as part of a deal between the club and the Austrian FA to manage his knee injury. [Read more…]