After the injuries to Lanzini and Arnautovic, I’m finding it almost impossible to see where any creativity and goals are going to come from over the next six weeks. Yet again a plethora of injuries to key players at this stage of the season has come to haunt us. If you’ve supported West Ham for the last twenty odd years, you’d think we’d be used to this by now as it occurs annually. Yet I can’t help but scratch my head in disbelief at the current injuries. We’ve moved to a new training ground after various complaints from current and past players about Chadwell Heath, and we’ve even employed a fresh medical team with Gary Lewin as chief physio. Is it in our DNA? Or are we just the unluckiest club in football? Either way, the board must act & pull the trigger in the transfer market before the deadline next week, because we simply cannot afford to scrape by whilst being down to the bare bones.
Joao Mario is a player I don’t know much about, so I done the obvious & decided to have a butchers on YouTube. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t impressed… A very skilful player with a bit of pace, extremely creative, and has a bit of flair about him – just what we need whilst we’re in dire straights. However, I won’t be naive in thinking that he will arrive in England and hit the ground running. After all, Boogers and Maïga were signed judged on video footage! But the deal in place is a no brainer – a loan with a view to a permanent transfer in the summer should his spell be successful. This deal looks all but done according to Ex, with a few minor details to overcome.
What excites me about this signing is this could may well be the player that will unlock defences for Chicharito… My only concern about this signing is his agent – our old mate Kia Joorabchian!
A player that has come under heavy criticism in recent weeks is Javier Hernandez, who was discussed in depth on the radio show last night. For the life of me I really can’t understand why some of our fan base is criticising Javier… Everyone who listens to the show will know that Dave, Ex, and I are all huge fans of little pea, but he can’t score goals without the correct service. He thrives on balls in the box; loose balls, rebounds, through balls. This is where he is one of the most dangerous strikers in the world and we need to play to his strengths. Due to the injuries to practically our entire front line, Chica is our only fit out & out striker & now is the time to make his mark. Having said that, without the service he requires I can’t see him bagging many goals from now until everyone else is fit. It’s going to be interesting to see how Moyes sets up against Wigan on Saturday…
Finally, the togetherness our fan base has shown towards Isla Caton & her family has been phenomenal. Not only our fan base, but supporters from all over the country & all over the world have all come together for this beautiful little girl. I have an indirect relation to the family, & myself and the lads will do all we can to help raise the funds needed to send her to America. Myself & Dave (SD&CC) will soon be announcing our part to help Isla & her family achieve their goal. So all we ask is if you can please donate anything you can afford towards this cause – every penny helps!