O90 – Tactical Analysis – West Ham 1 – 2 Leicester City

West Ham hosted Leicester City overnight, a week after both teams registered highly impressive opening week victories. A frenzied battle followed, with the Foxes just edging a 2-1 victory, though some questionable refereeing was also the cause for much hand-wringing around East London. With the Hammers allowed the space and possession to control the match […]

090 – Preview – West Ham United vs Leicester City

Upton Park is set to host the first match of its swansong season, as West Ham welcome Leicester City on Saturday. Both sides are coming off impressive first week victories, and both have brand new managers hoping to extend their teams’ handsome starts. Although both the Foxes and the Hammers earned splendid victories in their […]

O90 – Analysis – Arsenal 0 – 2 West Ham

West Ham travelled North for their 2015-16 season opener having not won at the Emirates in eight years. But with industry and neat finishing, they left with a 2-0 victory, leaving Arsenal to wonder where, outside of Alexis Sanchez, a cutting edge for them might lie. Slaven Bilic’s side set up to pack the midfield, […]

Hammers’ Euro Trip putting “Iron” back into irony.

What an irony, we got into Europe through fair play and then get two players sent off in four games, we must become more disciplined. dg — David Gold (@davidgold) July 23, 2015 The irony of West Ham collecting two red cards in their two opening rounds of Europa League qualifying, a competition they earned […]

Calculating the net plus/minus of West Ham United’s transfers so far

With such a flurry of activity going on, old players being sold or released as quickly as new players are being acquired, it can be difficult to grasp just how much the team is improving as a whole. Will the recent loss of West Ham’s most creative player last season, Stewart Downing, be made up […]

West Ham strengthening from back to front

It is rare, this early in the transfer period, for any club to have acted as quickly and effectively as West Ham has so far this offseason. The yearly chore of refreshing the roster must be carried out by every team hoping to stay afloat in the English top flight, and some teams require more […]

The Magical Mysteries of the Transfer Market

From the outside, it can be more than a little enigmatic. How exactly do clubs decide on the amounts they pay for the players they buy? What makes one player more or less valuable than another? Of course, the answer is a miasma of different factors. First and foremost, there’s talent – pure footballing ability. […]

Slaven Bilic appointed West Ham United manager

This article first appeared on Outside90.com After months of flirting with the likes of Rafa Benitez, Carlo Ancelotti, Marco Bielsa and David Moyes, West Ham have their man, which is to say, none of those four names just mentioned. No, with every other candidate on the list having sought employment elsewhere, or remained at their […]

Carlos Tevez: Football for the People

  This piece first appeared on TheseFootballTimes.com THERE’S NOTHING GLAMOROUS about him. His body, hunched and taut, is soaked in a different kind of perspiration, a dirty, greasy sweat, not the type Cristiano Ronaldo is wetted by, and uses like a de facto hair gel. This man’s hair falls in lank, ebony strands over his face […]

Arsenal 4 – 0 Aston Villa – FA Cup Final Player Ratings

Well, that was very un-Arsenal. Even last season, when Arsene Wenger’s band of merry tip-toers won the FA Cup, they did so after going 2-0 down after 20 minutes. And this year’s… a 4-0 victory? Yes, very unlike them indeed. Satisfyingly so, for all those involved wearing red and white. So, who were the star […]

Ronaldo sets new standards as a goal-machine

It was a strange bit of footage, certainly. Alvaro Arbeloa slid in to tap home a goal for Real Madrid, their third, against a beleaguered Almeria. And there, arriving just a few moments too late, was Ronaldo. As Arbeloa peeled away in joy, Ronaldo kicked the ball back into the net, frustrated. Then, later, he […]

Allardyce’s contract debacle hurting West Ham

When your manager has never felt at ease in his position, and his contract is running out at season’s end, it behoves you to take swift, effective action. Either you renew his contract, or you ensure a replacement is secured in time. What you shouldn’t do, in your privileged position in charge of a Premier […]

Kerr has elevated the Warriors on the power of joy

The Golden State Warriors were waltzing down the stretch against Portland. The fourth quarter was winding down and the Warriors were only up by three points. To lose this game, at home, would mean three straight defeats for Steve Kerr’s team, an unwanted milestone they had yet to register this season, this glorious, historical season. […]

Andy Carroll now an undoubted burden

When your star striker, the club record signing, has played only barely half of the games over a three season period, there’s something wrong. More than just an unlucky spell of injury, this indicates a severe, recurring problem. Andy Carroll, former England international and occasional West Ham player, is the poster boy for hamstrung talent, […]

West Ham forced to wait and see with Song and Jenkinson

Two vital players, both only at the club temporarily. As is always the case in football, the paperwork is causing all the headaches here. Sam Allardyce might not be employed in East London next season, but that, it seems, is the least of the club’s problems. Carl Jenkinson and Alex Song have been highly influential […]

Leicester City 2 – 1 West Ham: Talking Points

In what was a close game, a desperate Leicester side eventually won out. These three points, so precious for Nigel Pearson’s team, gives them at least a hope in beating relegation. For West Ham, with Sam Allardyce seemingly lolloping out the door at season’s end, this was not a display for the annals of history. […]

Second season syndrome proving fatal for Lukaku and Everton

It wasn’t so long ago, was it? It certainly feels like it. Only nine months ago, Romelu Lukaku sat beside Roberto Martinez and announced to the world that he was now an Everton player, and a permanent one. “I don’t have any regrets. I am very happy with the choices I’ve made.” he said, and […]

Heard it through the great Vine!

Yes, it surely is a merciful pleasure. In the void that is a week of international football, where Lithuania and Israel make for tasty opposition, where other sporting codes seem infinitely more appealing all of a sudden, Vine is our Shangri-la. Eat away the hours of boredom, of sporting inactivity, 7 seconds at a time. […]

Mark for England: Arguing for a Noble cause

When Adam Lallana had to withdraw from England duty, a handful of players who had been initially overlooked were suddenly given a burst of hope. Maybe they would be the lucky one to replace the injured Liverpool midfielder. Maybe, just maybe, they would be the man chosen to slide into this newly minted, perfectly notched […]

West Ham 1 – 0 Sunderland: What We Learned

West Ham tussled and turned frenetically with Sunderland, who, under new manager Dick Advocaat, were hoping to immediately revive themselves from their relegation-bound malaise. The match wasn’t one for the purists, but it did teach us a few things. I articulated them in digital text, on Outide90.com. West Ham were waiting with baited breath on […]