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Sakho ruled out for 2 months

Diafra Sakho has been ruled out for a minimum of two months after sustaining a thigh muscle injury in yesterday’s 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion.

The Senegal international requested immediate assistance after pulling up in Albion’s penalty area 73 minutes into yesterday’s match, in which the Hammers threw away a half-time lead to extend their run of matches without a win to four.

And KUMB has learned that Sakho expects to be out for around 10 weeks, after his injury was assessed by medics something that our very own ExWHUEmployee also hinted at in his column yesterday.  

Sakho is this third Hammer to be ruled out for some considerable time in recent weeks, following the injuries to Dimitri Payet and Enner Valencia. And like his two team mates, he is unlikely to see first team action again until February 2016 at the earliest.

Speaking to the media after yesterday’s game, manager Slaven Bilic admitted that he feared the worst. “The specialist will see him to give an opinion. It looks like a muscle injury and the first news is not the best. It is a big blow,” he said.

“You can see injuries in every club and to be fair the number who are missing is not a lot, but the ones missing are key players who play in the same position. It is very hard to replace them.”

 

Bilic it was a fair result

Bilic was thrilled with how his team responded in the opening 45 minutes following the disappointing result against Tottenham last week and saw his side get off to the perfect start when Mauro Zarate fired the home side into the lead in spectacular fashion with an impressive free-kick.

Zarate and Manuel Lanzini had chances to extend the lead and stole the show in the first half as they caused all kinds of problems for the West Brom defence.

But the Hammers failed to make their superiority count and the Midlands side grabbed an equaliser shortly after half-time when Rickie Lambert saw his shot deflect off Winston Reid and into the back of the net.

Bilic’s side were unable to find the crucial second and had to settle for a point at the Boleyn Ground for the second consecutive home game.

Bilic said: “At the end you cannot say it wasn’t a fair result. In the first half it was one of the best in this part of the season.

“We played really well and created good chances. Their keeper made a couple of great saves. We were pleased at half-time with the way we played.

“I asked the players to continue like that and keep the momentum high. We started the second half well but then we conceded a goal and it affected us a lot.

“It gives a boost to the team who scores. We had a few more chances but the game was not so fluent from us in the second half.

“Manuel and Mauro were involved in most of the moves and they dropped a bit in the second half because they used up a lot of energy in the first half.

“When they dropped a little bit we also dropped and we are not happy with one point but we have to admit it was a fair result.”

Bilic was not surprised to see Zarate open the scoring with a superb free-kick and says he practices set-pieces all the time in training.

Bilic added: “Mauro has got it and it is a natural talent he has got with the way he shoots the ball. Whether it is from free-kicks or open play when he scored against Chelsea.

“He practices that every day in training and it wasn’t a surprise to see him do that. It was a great goal.”

Diafra Sakho was forced to leave the field on 74 minutes after he picked up an injury when he struck the ball into the side netting.

The Senegal forward will now see a specialist to see how long he will be ruled out of action.

Bilic said: “We still have to wait and the specialist will see him to give an opinion. It looks like a muscle injury and the first news is not the best. It is a big blow.

“You can see injuries in every Club and to be fair the number who are missing is not a lot, but the ones missing are key players who play in the same position. It is very hard to replace them.”

Bilic will now focus his attention on the next big away game against Manchester United next Saturday, but he sees no reason why the team cannot repeat their heroic displays against Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City and pick up another memorable away victory.

“We have shown home or away that we can take the game to any side and I am expecting something from this game.”

Mauro Zarate on West Brom game

Mauro Zarate’s superb free kick against West Bromwich Albion would normally be a source of great joy for the Argentine – but he admitted most of the gloss was taken off by his team’s failure to claim all three points.

Zarate’s goal capped a fine first half from the Hammers, which saw them lead 1-0 against West Brom, only for a deflected Rickie Lambert strike to ensure the points would be shared.

The No10 now has five goals for the campaign, but would have preferred the victory.

“We didn’t feel so good with the result,” he said. “We worked for the three points, and thought all week about taking them – doing the pressing, doing a good job, but it wasn’t enough today.

“We had to be 2-0 up after the first half. We were dangerous, with Manu, Sakho and me we had many options.

“But in the second half they scored so quickly and that killed us.”

Zarate’s free-kick was real postage stamp stuff, right in the top corner and out of goalkeeper Boaz Myhill’s grasp, and he revealed that it was a case of practice makes perfect.

He added: “I practice the free-kicks every day, in every training session with Rapha [Spiegel] or Adrian. It’s a good way to score and to give a goal for the team.

“That one in the first half went in the top corner, and I had another after half time but I couldn’t put it in the same place.

 

West Ham goalkeeper Adrian has urged his team-mates to “sharpen up” after they were pegged back by West Brom.

Yesterday’s 1-1 draw with West Brom left the Hammers without a win in their last four games.

West Ham dominated the first half but had just Mauro Zarate’s curling free-kick to show for their efforts. They were punished early in the second half when substitute Rickie Lambert’s shot deflected in off Winston Reid. 

However, as the busy festive period approaches, Slaven Bilic’s side remain in contention to challenge for a European spot, thanks in large to wins against big guns Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea. 

Adrian said: “It’s difficult to explain because we played really well against the big teams. Against the lower teams we have been putting in the same performances but we just need to concentrate and show the same level against every team. 

“We have another good opportunity next week playing at Manchester United — we need to play a great game to get the three points.  

“We need to work hard this week to get the three points [on Saturday] and concentrate and give our best level. We have a good team and a good squad. 

“Sometimes you have to have a little bit of luck. We hope to have that against Manchester United.” 

From the Boardroom – David Sullivan

The 1-1 draw with West Brom on Sunday was a game that could have gone either way but we deserved to win and we lost two points through a deflected goal.

You only need to look at the stats to see how we should come away with a victory.

We had 61 per cent possession, 17 shots (six on target) to their seven with three on target. We also had five corners to their two.

We played good football in the first half, but it wasn’t our best of the season as we only scored one goal and that was from a set piece.

It was a great free-kick from Mauro Zarate to put us into the lead. When I bought Zarate I knew he was and is a top player and he is very important to us.

It was disappointing to see Diafra Sakho come off injured in the second half and he will be a huge loss, but the squad is stronger this season and we have players who are ready to come into the side. We will know more from the scans in the next 48 hours.

I know Slaven is unhappy that we are not keeping clean sheets and he will be looking to put that right.

It’s a tall order to get something at Manchester United in our next game at Old Trafford on Saturday, but not impossible.

West Ham publish agent fees for 2014/15 season

The total amount paid to Agents/Intermediaries during the period 1 ‎October 2014 to 30 September 2015: £7,049,001.18. This included two new signings in January and February 2015 and twelve arrivals during the summer.

Explanatory Note

The amount shown is the aggregate of all payments made to Agents/Intermediaries during the reporting period for agency activity, including payments made by the Club on behalf of Players.

The total amount paid to Agents for 2013/14 was £6,380,339.31.

The new FA Regulations on Working with Intermediaries came into force on 1 April 2015.

Swansea U21 0-1 West Ham U21

The West Ham United Development Squad continued their fantastic run  of form this afternoon with a 1-0 away against Swansea City.

Jordan Brown’s strike just after the hour mark proved to be the difference between the two sides, after Sam Howes had saved a penalty early on.

In a blustery day in South Wales, conditions were nearly unplayable yet both sides ploughed on manly fully.

Terry Westley made several changes to the side that beat Derby County last week. Luka Belic made his first start for the Hammers since signing in the summer while youngsters Noha Sylvestre and Vashon Neufville made the step up from the U18s.

It was the hosts Swansea who made the most of the early exchanges going close after just two minutes.

It got better for the Swans when they were awarded a penalty for a trip on the edge of the box.

Upstepped Henry Jones yet Sam Howes read it and got quickly down to his right to make a great save.

This seemed to act as a wakeup call for the Dev Squad who looked to create a number of chances of their own. Jordan Brown was a willing runner while Belic looked to add a touch of glass acting as a number 10.

Despite the conditions, both sides played remarkably well. Sylvestre’s shot on the turn was deflected narrowly wide while Neufville delivered an excellent cross which Tremmel collected well.

Just before half-time, the Hammers had a strong shout for a penalty of their own after Belic was hauled down, however the referee was unmoved.

The second half started much like the first, with plenty of hard work and attrition but little to show for their efforts.

Amos Nasha tested Tremmel’s reflexes with a free-kick from 25-yards before Jordan Brown fired narrowly wide from the edge of the box.

Having had a sight on goal, Brown made no mistake with his next chance just minutes later. The powerful forward did well, at an awkward height to steer it back past Tremmel following superb work from Alex Pike. With seemingly little on, the right-back beat his man before bursting into the box and cutting it back to Brown.

In an effort to see the game out, Westley bought on Kyle Knoyle in place of the impressive Luka Belic while Lewis Page replaced the impressive 16-year-old Vashon Neufville.

The Swans rallied late on but could not find the all-important equaliser as the Hammers held on to secure their fourth win in five games. The Dev Squad now face a quick turnaround as they play Exeter City in the Barclays U21 Premier League Cup on Wednesday.

Swansea City U21: Tremmel, Shephard (c), Hanley, Jones, Rodon, Kingsley, Jones, Maric, Biabi, James, Hedges

Subs: Copp, Zabret, Gogic, Dyson, Davies

West Ham United U21: Howes, Pike, Neufville (Page 81), Nasha, Onariase, Hendrie, Sylvestre, Makasi, Brown, Belic (Knoyle 76), Mavila

Subs: T.Brown, Dobson, Gordon

Goal: J.Brown 59

Loan Roundup

Martin Samuelsen made his Football League debut in Peterborough United’s 4-0 away win at Scunthorpe United on Saturday. 

Posh striker Conor Washington netted a hat-trick to help Graham Westley’s side to an emphatic win, while Michael Bostwick converted his penalty kick. Samuelsen came on in the 67th minute with the score at 2-0, replacing Lee Angol.   

Elliot Lee, meanwhile,  made his first appearance for Blackpool since joining them on loan last week, coming on as a second-half substitute. 

The striker got off to a winning start as Nathan Pond’s own goal gave the Tangerines a 1-0 win over Fleetwood Town. Lee came on at half-time to replace Bright Osayi-Samuel. Blackpool are 22nd in League One. 

Clarke Bogard put in an assured performance as Tilbury secured a convincing 3-0 win over Bishop Stortford. The goalkeeper made a string of saves to keep a clean sheet in a shock FA Trophy third qualifying round win.  

Goals from Joe Nightingill, Kurt Smith and Harry Cook secured the win over the National League South side. 

Diego Poyet’s MK Dons secured a valuable away point with a 0-0 draw with Wolves. The midfielder played the full game in a match that saw the hosts enjoy the majority of chances and possession. The point sees the Dons rise to 19th in the Championship. 

Doneil Henry came on as a late substitute in Blackburn Rover’s 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday at Ewood Park. 

The hosts took the lead after just five minutes thanks to Hope Akpom, however Modou Sougou equalised from close range before Corry Evans re-established their lead just before half-time.

Substitute Lucas Joao equalised for the Owls with just six minutes remaining, Henry replaced Grant Hanley in the 87th minute. 

Josh Pask was an unused substitute in Dagenham and Redbridge’s 1-1 draw with Plymouth Argyle. The Daggers led through Joss Labadie’s strike however they conceded a stoppage-time leveller through Ryan Brunt. 

Hammers chasing Rafa Silva

The Hammers are interested in SC Braga winger, Rafa Silva according to football website Bola.com

The 22 year old is also wanted by Manchester United, who have been scouting him in Braga games for some time.

Silva has played 15 matches this season scoring four goals and making five assists so far. His buyout clause is believed to be around 20 million euros.

He has been a key part of Braga’s unexpected rise to the Premiera Liga top-four, and has been likened to Eden Hazard and former Chelsea midfielder Deco with some dubbing him ‘the Portuguese Hazard’. Liverpool are also thought to have watched the 22-year-old in action. Any deal to bring him to the Premier League is likely to cost in the region of £15 million.

Chelsea and West Ham keen on Rolando Mandragora

Chelsea and West Ham are keen on signing Genoa’s young midfielder Rolando Mandragora, according to Calciomercato.com.

The publication believes the Premier League duo want to recruit the 18-year-old along with several Serie A clubs such as Inter Milan, Juventus, AC Milan and Roma.

Mandragora – who is currently half-way through a season-long loan at Serie B side Pescara – is claimed to be available for about £7million, with his current contract set to run out next summer.

However, Chelsea and the Hammers could miss out on signing the youngster with Inter being claimed to be favourites to seal a deal for Mandragora.

Indeed, the player recently admitted he was “honoured” to be linked with a move to the Nerazzurri after saying: “Playing at the San Siro it’s something special. 

“I am honored to see my name linked with such a big club like Inter, but I think it’s too early to talk about it. 

“I still need to work a lot and my agent is the one in charge of transfers and negotiations.”

 

West Ham wanted Drogba

Didier Drogba has revealed that West Ham tried to sign him before his 2004 arrival at Chelsea.

He had spent the 2002/03 season with Guingamp before joining Marseille and then Chelsea but in different circumstances could have been at Upton Park.

Speaking to Goals on Sunday the forward explained how the Hammers came to his home for transfer talks.

He said“I was in Guingamp at that time,” he said. “I’d just arrived at the club and they came to my house and spoke, but it didn’t happen. I wasn’t ready to go.”

Hammers forced to go in for Adebayor again?

According to the Telegraph, West Ham United’s impressive start to the season is in danger of being derailed by an injury crisis that the club fear will also see striker Diafra Sakho ruled out for the next two months.

Making the situation even worse for West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is the fact that he will not be given any money to spend in January and has already used up the club’s two domestic loans on Carl Jenkinson and Victor Moses.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic only went as far as saying Sakho had suffered a muscle injury in the 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion, but the club are worried the 25-year-old could miss the whole of December and January.

That would rule Sakho out of nine Premier League games, including matches against Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City.

West Ham are already without playmaker Dimitri Payet until February because of an ankle injury, while Enner Valencia is out until the New Year with an ankle problem.

Sakho’s injury is a huge blow to Bilic, whose attacking options are now severely cut. He has no money to spend, unless he sells, and no space for a domestic loan.

That leaves West Ham having to look abroad to bring in loan cover in January, although the club could consider a new move for free agent Emmanuel Adebayor, who spoke to Bilic about a switch to Upton Park in the summer.

Adebayor has not been formally training with a club since leaving Tottenham and has spent much of his time in Togo, but the 31-year-old returned to London at the weekend and is now considering his future.

West Ham made a superb start to the season, beating Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea, but they have now failed to win in four games since overcoming the Blues.

Following the draw against West Brom, Bilic gave his assessment on Sakho and the club’s injury problems by saying: “The specialist will see him to give an opinion. It looks like a muscle injury and the first news is not the best. It is a big blow.

“You can see injuries in every club and to be fair the number who are missing is not a lot, but the ones missing are key players who play in the same position. It is very hard to replace them.”

Match Fact

West Ham have conceded in 9 consecutive Premier League games, the current longest run in the Premier League

 

 

 

 

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