Tuesday, August 15

Hammered at Old Trafford

Manchester United 4 West Ham 0

Managed to watch this while on holiday at the Grapes in Hexam, surrounded by disappointed Toon Army members who had just lost to Spurs. Once Obiang was robbed by Matic and United broke to allow Lukaku to score it was all over. Very disappointing to concede the second to a set piece and why was Masusku marking Lukaku? Zabaleta made one great saving tackle and showed a good attitude though was exposed by Rashford's pace, while Arnautocic did at least have a header on to De Gea's bar. But little else to offer from West Ham apart from a Fernandes shot saved by De Gea just before half-time.

Still, United had spent £125m on Lukaku and Matic and may well win the league on this form. Hopefully the new signings will bed in for WHU and be strengthened by the signing of Wklliam Carvalho and the return of Lanzini, Antonio and Kouyate. A terrible start but there's a long way to go yet.

Friday, August 11

A new season beckons

Well, the new season has kicked off and Arsenal have scored four at home while I have, possibly rather foolishly, predicted that West Ham will finish eighth in the Observer fan previews. Though it might be 18th, who knows? Been up in the Lake District so not much news has filtered through, apart from the fact that West Ham have signed Montenegro wonderkid Sead Haksabonovic from Swedish side Halmstads BK for £2.7 million. It makes a change to sign an 18-year-old and anyone who can make their debut at 15 surely has to be a bit special. Should be fun hearing Paul Merson try to pronounce his name, though it will cost a bit to have it on the back of a WHU shirt if they still charge by the letter. And now the Hammers prepare to kick off at Old Trafford on my birthday. What could possibly go wrong? Have to hope Little Pea stays fit and makes Jose feel green. Come on you Irons!

Thursday, August 3

Tuesday, August 1

What future for Robert Snodgrass?

With all the new signings will there be a future at West Ham for Robert Snodgrass? Teams like Sunderland and Middlesbrough are already rumoured to be interested in him, though I'm not sure we should give up on a £10 million investment. He didn't play well after joining us last season, his main contribution being an assist in Kouyate's vital goal against Swansea. Too often he misplaced passes and didn't look at all at home in a claret and blue shirt. 

But we should remember that new signings are often better in their second season and he will now have had a full pre-season with WHU. Snodgrass had scored five Premier League goals from open play (including a cracking free kick against Everton) plus a couple of penalties for Hull in the first half of last season, so we know he can do it in the Premier League. 

It's also worth noting that he's scored 78 goals in his career and was popular with the fans at Leeds, Norwich and Hull. Might a goal get him going at West Ham? We're going to need a strong squad and although Snoddy might not start, he gives West Ham options as a right winger or as a creative player behind the strikers if Lanzini is out. Rather than sell him at a loss it's surely better to give him another season to show he can produce for the Irons.