West Ham Need Declan Rice As Captain

Watching West Ham’s performances over the last month, I have been so impressed with Declan Rice. Even more than usual. Declan has always been consistent ever since he first stepped in to the first team. Of course there were a couple of minor blips along the way, but once he…

Understanding Academy Football

After watching Gonzo’s daily video I felt the pressure to write another blog. But what about? The goalkeeping situation is now resolved assuming Darren Randolph is actually fit and available, so hopefully we wont need to discuss that any further this season. If indeed Randolph is injury free and doesn’t…

Goalkeeping, VAR & Accepting Defeat – Sheffield Utd 1- 0 West Ham

Going in to tonight’s game, I was reasonably confident we could come away from Bramall Lane with a decent away point. I wasn’t brimming with confidence that we’d offer enough to upset the blades, but I’d seen enough of a reaction from the players to expect a gritty performance. The…

Fulham V West Ham – Player Ratings

Lukasz Fabianski: The reigning Hammer of the Year showed no let-up, making an outstanding one-handed save when the scores were level. The Polish international claimed crosses with relative ease, but more excitingly showcased an improvement in distribution. 8/10  Ben Johnson: A regular feature in pre-season, there are murmurings of the…

Defensive cover: Do we have enough?

I think every West Ham fan is in agreement that Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena should, and indeed will, be our starting centre back pair next season. But is our cover for those positions sufficient enough? Angelo Ogbonna was essentially our only deputy last season, and while he is clearly…