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. […]

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 […]

Why Kevin Nolan is bad for West Ham

It’s only natural for those jaded and rubicund devotees to think they know better. They’re the ones who shell out a small fortune every weekend. They’re the ones who’ve been to every home game since 1962, they’re the ones with the modest collection of vintage match day programs, and they’re the ones with the indoctrinated […]

The Hammers reign supreme in the air

  Jonathan Wilson perhaps summed up Andy Carroll best, or just most simply: “A terrifying force in the air”. Barney Ronay, when it was his turn to wax lyrical about Carroll’s oeuvre, turned a typically luscious phrase: “Football as interpreted through the eyes of a rearing, drizzle-soaked highland stag”. Carroll’s reintroduction to West Ham’s starting […]

Burnley fail to finish and are punished by West Ham

Sean Dyche’s squad is the least glittering in the league and the financial restrictions under which he must try and work are suffocating. It was clear, as Burnley burst out of the dressing room onto the pitch, racing around, pressing with venom, that Dyche had instructed his team to try and shock West Ham into […]

The Night Owls

Dr Seuss may have unknowingly said it best. You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. He was talking about falling in love with a person, of course, of laying restlessly awake with the image of someone you’ve just said goodbye to swirling around in […]

Jekyll or Hyde for the Hammers

West Ham were convincingly beaten by Southampton on Saturday, despite going 1-0 up through Mark Noble’s deflected opening strike. Onlookers may have been unsure as to how much possession this new Saints side would demand, and how much the new, attackingly-minded West Ham side would be happy to secede, but these questions were answered quickly. […]

A Constant Exchange of Mediocrity

Malky Mackay has ruled himself out of the race for the vacant Crystal Palace managerial position, having been embroiled today in a text message scandal. The former Cardiff manager allegedly took part in a series of homophobic, racist and sexist text messages sent between he and Iain Moody, his former head of recruitment at Cardiff. On the […]

A Striking Sense of Deja Vu

A club record signing. A English striker in his mid-twenties. A player of precocious power, with more than enough ability to lead the line. A few England caps and some impressive moments at international level. A physical style that attracts foot and ankle injuries, injuries that seem to come with regularity. A debut season restricted […]

Moving on after the World Cup

There is always an inherent risk in buying a player that’s coming off a good World Cup. Few things can sway a scout more than a blinding tournament performance, but the clubs looking to snap up the star performers from Brazil 2014 may want to curb their enthusiasm. One month’s worth of quality play won’t necessarily transfer over […]