West Ham Utd 2018/19: Still in the Premier League

Discussion in 'football' started by Thaw, Jul 5, 2018.

  1. Thaw

    Thaw Aye like, so it is.

    I'm being bombarded with Facebook posts from the club about our heroes starting pre-season training and can no longer contain my excitement about it all.

    Highlights so far:
    - New elderly manager who was successful once upon a time
    - No blue sleeves!
    - Chicharito has dyed his hair
    - Ryan Fredericks replacing Sam Byram as the promising full-back who never plays
    - Fabianski - yet another experienced player/has-been from a more successful club
    - breaking the transfer record on Issa Diop. He's very tall and I keep thinking of Yosser Hughes when I say his name
     
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  2. Libertad

    Libertad Would it help?

    Nice work Thaw. :thumbs:
     
  3. Thaw

    Thaw Aye like, so it is.

    Jack Wilshere...I had him down as a half-crippled has-been but apart from 2015-16 his record doesn't look too bad. Wilshere + Noble + the mythical defensive midfielder we've been looking for, should make a decent midfield. We've never really replaced Hayden Mullins.
     
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  4. tommers

    tommers Your disco needs you

    Yarmolenko signed. Felipe Anderson just waiting for a medical and work permit.

    Balbuena supposedly the same.

    Rumours about Sturaro.

    What's going on? :hmm:

    If you draw up a team with the new signings you have Cresswell, Rice, Obiang or Noble, and Arnautovic playing from last year's team.

    Which is probably just as well to be honest.
     
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  5. Libertad

    Libertad Would it help?

    We can crowbar Lanzini in there when he's back can't we?
     
  6. tommers

    tommers Your disco needs you

    By that time there will only be one of this lot still fit.
     
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  7. Thaw

    Thaw Aye like, so it is.

    So thats Arnie up front, with Yarmolenko, Lanzini and Anderson behind him, and Wilshere and Noble in midfield. Could be alright, but I feel the phrases "he hasn't settled in England", "the pace of the game is not whats hes used to in Europe", "he's struggling with the language", "his wife hates it here and wants to go home", "its not worked out as wed hoped", and finally "its better for everyone if he moves to Spain" will appear in our not too distant future.
     
  8. tommers

    tommers Your disco needs you

    Carroll and Reid both out for "at least three months". :D

    Nice to see some things don't change.
     
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  9. rubbershoes

    rubbershoes not the only raver in the village


    You know where you are with Andy Carroll
     
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  10. sealion

    sealion Well-Known Member

    Back in time to be injured again for the xmas fixtures :mad:
     
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  11. Thaw

    Thaw Aye like, so it is.

    At least Carroll's contract is up next summer so we won't have to put up with his bullshit much longer.
    In 6 seasons so far he's only scored 33 goals. Not even as good as Carlton
     
  12. tommers

    tommers Your disco needs you

    Read today that in 6 years with us he has played 1 game in August.

    Probably says something about how he spends his summers.
     
  13. Libertad

    Libertad Would it help?

    He'll have tickets to Beautiful Days.
     
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  14. tommers

    tommers Your disco needs you

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  15. Thaw

    Thaw Aye like, so it is.

    I just can't enjoy it. I'm sure something terrible is going to happen to them all and we'll end up still finishing 12th.
     
  16. tommers

    tommers Your disco needs you

    God, of course it will. Anderson snaps his ligaments first game, never walks again. You've got to enjoy it now while you can.
     
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  17. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

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  18. sealion

    sealion Well-Known Member

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  19. tommers

    tommers Your disco needs you

    They'll give it to us soon.
     
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  20. tommers

    tommers Your disco needs you

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  21. Thaw

    Thaw Aye like, so it is.

    Still a few to go abroad I think but we've ended up with a decent 1st 11...not convinced by the rest but its not terrible. I'm excited to see if they the new lads are donkeys or lions.

    Fabianski; Fredericks, Cresswell, Ogbonna, Diop; Rice, Noble, Wilshere; Felipe, Yarmolenko, Arnie
    Adrian; Zabaleta, Masuaku, Balbuena, Reid; Sanchez, Obiang, Fernandes; Antonio, Perez, Hernandez

    The leftovers: Byram, Oxford, Snodgrass, Cullen, Lanzini, Carroll
     
  22. tommers

    tommers Your disco needs you

    Took a pasting yesterday. Always going to be difficult and it was. Hopefully we can start things off against slightly more reasonable opposition next week. Might be a bit tough until the team get used to each other.
     
  23. Sweet FA

    Sweet FA ✪ Three rounds Lord, in my .44 ✪

    I'm up a mountain in Spain; got the first 10 mins on a dodgy stream then fortunately lost the signal.
     
  24. Libertad

    Libertad Would it help?

    Consider yourself lucky.
     
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  25. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    Why Wham tried to play a high line against our front three is beyond me.
     
  26. tommers

    tommers Your disco needs you

    I think that's Pellegrini's tactics. Probably the worst team to try it against for the first time.
     
  27. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    It's a good tactic against lots of teams, but not us. He's got to be a bit more flexible. Still think you guys will improve massively with him and the other newcomers. Hopefully he'll reinstate what I remember as the West Ham way.
     
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  28. Ponyutd

    Ponyutd Greebo likes this....r.i.p.

    That was the criticism when he was at Citeh. He only knows how to play that way.

    I forecast 3-0 but when you look at the last few results 4-0 4-1 4-0 4-0 it should have been obvious:(
     
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  29. TruXta

    TruXta tired

    I forecast 4-1, thought poundshop Zlatan would get one.
     
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  30. tommers

    tommers Your disco needs you

    was that glorious season when we beat them 4 times really only three years ago?
     
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