This game last season- West Bromwich Albion 4-2 West Ham United (2016-17)

Ahead of this weekend’s game at the Hawthorns, we take a look at what happened in the corresponding fixture last season. This fixture will take place on the 16th of September, 2017- last season’s took place on the 17th of September, 2016.

West Brom powered themselves to a 4-0 lead by the hour mark, with Nacer Chadli netting a double (including one penalty) and Salomon Randon and James McClean also getting on the scoresheet, as the Baggies registered their first home win since March.

Goals from Antonio and Lanzini (PG) lent a sense of respectability to the scoreline for West Ham. None of the three subs used by Bilic that afternoon- Feghouli, Calleri and Fletcher, are with the club currently [Read more…]

Player news ahead of Albion game- Arnautovic back, Noble & Lanzini to sit out

Marko Arnautovic is available for selection for this weekend’s game against West Bromwich Albion after serving his three game ban (he was red carded against Southampton for elbowing Stephens, which many fans regard as a reason for them losing that fixture to Saints).

However Bilic also revealed that Mark Noble’s knee has not fully healed and the Albion game will come too soon for him, with Bolton looking like a more achievable return target for the veteran midfielder. [Read more…]

Lanzini earns maiden Argentina call up

Manuel Lanzini has been rewarded for his great form in West Ham colours with a maiden call up to the Argentine national team for their upcoming friendlies vs Brazil and Singapore next month.

Lanzini has represented Argentina at U20 level, but has never made a senior appearance for the Albiceleste.

We reckon this is well deserved for him- he was West Ham’s Players Player of the Season for 2016/17, and probably the club’s most creative player following the departure of Dimitri Payet. It took him a while to settle down, but he really came into his own in the 16/17 season.

It’s a strong Argentine squad- the likes of Lionel Messi, Mauro Icardi, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain are all in it. [Read more…]

Antonio named Hammer of the Year, Lanzini Players’ Player of the Year

Michail Antonio has been named the Hammer of the Year at the Player Awards ceremony at the Intercontinental. The 27 year old edged out Manuel Lanzini and Pedro Obiang to the award. Lanzini however did get the Players’ Player of the Year Award.

Edimilson Fernandes won the Signing of the Year award, perhaps a testament to how poor the club’s signings have been this season when the winner has started only 3 games.

Antonio, who has also been linked with a switch away from the London Stadium in the summer, also appeared to quell those rumours when he mentioned that “he’d like to win it again” in his acceptance speech. [Read more…]

Watch Video- Manuel Lanzini’s Rabona Cross vs Everton

Check out this great piece of skill from West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini, one of the club’s standout players in yesterday’s goalless draw against Everton at the London Stadium, showing the Argentine attempting a rabona cross against Ronald Koeman’s side. Didn’t quite have the end result as Payet’s against Watford, but definitely worth a watch! [Read more…]

Goal of the season for 2016/17- Nominees announced & Voting Open

The club have today (April 19, 2017) officially opened voting for the End of the Season Awards in six categories- Hammer of the Year, Best Goal, Best Save, Team Performance, Individual Performance and Best Signing.

The Best Goal of the season award has six nominees- two of the goals came against Crystal Palace.

Antonio v Watford (Payet’s rabona assist)
Payet v Middlesbrough (great individual goal)
Lanzini v Palace
Reid v Sunderland
Carroll v Palace
Kouyate v Swansea

In our humble opinion, Carroll vs Palace is our easy winner. [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…]