Former Upton Park stewards are set to be used in potential hotspot areas for the match against Chelsea tomorrow as the club and stadium operators raise a major offensive against possible crowd trouble.
Over 5,000 Chelsea fans – the biggest away following so far – will arrive for the game and all security measures have been upped.
According to reports London Stadium officials will position stewards from West Ham’s old stadium Upton Park in potential problem areas.
West Ham supporters have complained about the security firm’s stewarding, claiming that the agency is more accustomed to managing athletics events and concerts inside stadiums than dealing with football supporters.
The Irons are scouting Millwall defender Mahlon Romeo ahead of a possible £1.5 million January move.
We have reportedly sent scouts to check out the player three times – the latest on Saturday against Fleetwood during the London outfit’s 2-1 victory.
The right-back, 21, began his career with Arsenal before dropping down the divisions to play first-team football.
Now West Ham may be ready to give him a new chance at the top with Sam Byram, Michail Antonio, Havard Nortveidt and Alvara Arbeloa all having been used in the role this term.
A strict ‘no alcohol ‘ policy will be imposed on fans outside the London Stadium at tomorrow night’s EFL match against Chelsea.
And the London Stadium operators have told fans to arrive early as incresed security will be operating for the biggest match yet seen at the club’s new home. Police will be deployed inside the ground.
A spokesperson for London Stadium partners West Ham United, E20 Stadium LLP and London Stadium 185 said: “There will be no pre-match alcohol sales from the mobile bars outside the Stadium, but bars will be open as normal inside the ground. All bottled alcoholic beverages will be decanted into plastic cups. Bars will close at the full-time whistle.
“All supporters have been asked to arrive early for Wednesday’s fixture to allow sufficient time for enhanced pre-entry security checks.
“Ahead of the game, home and away supporters will mix freely around the stadium island, however there will be post-match segregation.
“There will be an appropriate and visible police presence outside London Stadium for the game against Chelsea, as there has been for every game this season.”
A Metropolitan Police Statement said: “The MPS has a tactical solution for matches being held at the London Stadium which will allow the safe deployment of officers into the stadium, if required, to deal with any crime or disorder.”
ClaretandHugh’s chief analyst Leroy Rosenior believes that Ashley Fletcher deserves a chance to make his claim in Wednesday evening EFL Cup clash with Chelsea.
He believes that Slaven Bilic has a great opportunity to give the player some serious game time and hopes he takes it although fears a natural reluctance will take over.
He has predicted in his match preview the manager may go with a false number nine such as Antonio or Lanzini but believes the former Manchester United youngster has much potential if the boss wants to stick with a traditional centre forward.
He explained: “It’s well known I’m not a Zaza man and I won’t labour the point. I believe we will need to be clever on Wednesday. That may see one of the two I’ve mentioned playing in the central role.
“But Fletcher deserves his chance. I understand why Slaven will be reluctant to throw one so young in until the team is performaing consistently well because it’s a big job to be carrying a team that’s short on goals.
“He was given seven minutes against Sunderland and I’d like to see him get a start or at least a decent bit of game time. Eventually this lad will have a lot to offer.”
David Moyes can complain forever about the offside as far as Dimi Payet concerned who remains deeeply grateful to Winston Reid for weighing in with the winner against Sunderland.
The French maestro doen’t often appear on social media but made a point of coming out to applaud the big Kiwi.
He has a habit of popping up on Instagram or Twitter at precisely the right moment – something which he probably brings off the field of play!
And following the last gasp strike which left Sunderland seething and the Hammers hollering Dimi made his own feelings very clear.
He declared on Instagram: “He doesn’t score often but each of his goals are important Thank’s bro @winston.reid2Good work of the whole team 💪🏽 @westham @equipedefrance #2 #teamboumbam#27 #lelitecestnous #8 #coyi #hammers
Spot on and so say all of us.
Sunderland manager David Moyes moaned and groaned over the weekend that Calleri was in an offside position in his opinion when the 94th minute goal was scored and his team were unlucky to lose at the London Stadium.
Moyes who has lost seven games on the trot told reporters: “The match official thinks it’s onside, I definitely think it’s offside. You could tell by his reaction, he walked towards the linesman, so he was aware there was a problem with it.”
Slaven Bilic disagreed with Moyes in his post match press interviews saying: “There was no offside, It is very difficult for referees. If you freeze the picture, Calleri’s boots are in a position that is not offside.”
Darren Lewis claims in the Daily Mirror that Moyes faces a possible FA charge after confronting referee Bobby Madley about his decision to award the goal. If the referee decides to include the alleged confrontation in his report Moyes could be in hot water.
Below is a freeze frame at the exact moment Winston Reid kicked the ball, Kouyate is offside but not inferring with play, however, Calleri is clearly onside.
Dimitri Payet is the assist and chances king of the Premier league. His late assist on Saturday which Winston Reid slotted home in the 94th minute was his 13th in 2016 and his fourth this season. His fourth assist puts him joint top with Chelsea’s Matic and Man City’s De Bruyne this season.
Over the whole of 2016 Payet is way out in front with 13 assists to his name!
Dimi also tops the most chances created table with an incredible 29 chances this season followed closely by Southampton’s Tadic who has 28 to his name.
Against Sunderland the 29 year old completed 53 passes, created 7 chances and 6 take-ons before his assist which led to the only goal of the game.
For those so-called pundits who have questioned Payet’s commitment to West Ham or his form this season since returning from the Euros these statistics show he is still one of the best players in the Premier League.
West Ham have not lost a Premier League game in which Pedro Obiang has played this season.
Obiang was absence from the team in league losses against Chelsea, Man City, Watford, West Bromwich Ablbion and Southampton. However he played a full role in wins over Crystal Palace and Sunderland as well as the draw against Boro with a cameo role as a sub in the win over Bournemouth.
Obiang has completed 85% of the 103 passes he’s attempted over the last 2 games to cement his position in the first team.
Obiang moved very close to a move to Italy in the closing days of the summer transfer window. A number of Italian clubs were reportedly keen on loaning the midfielder but the Irons asked that any loan deal for the midfielder included an obligation to buy the player at a fixed 5.5 million euros (£4.6m).
Obiang was Slaven Bilic’s first signing after being appointed West Ham manager. He signed from Sampdoria for a reported £4.3m penning a four-year contract.
Although it was said he had become frustrated at his lack of first team opportunities last season he made up his mind to fight for his place in the first team and it appears his efforts have been rewarded.
West Ham have been linked once again with striker Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan following his high-profile falling out with the club’s Ultras.
The Argentina international is a figure of hate at the San Siro after claiming in his autobiography that he would bring over 100 criminals from his homeland to ‘kill members of the Curva Nord’.
Inter have made attempts to play down the feud, which reached boiling point when the skipper was booed by his own fans when he missed a penalty recently.
According to a report in The Sun, West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is ready to test the water by tabling a bid of around £25m when the January transfer window opens. He was previously heavily linked with the Hammers over the summer transfer window until Andre Ayew was signed for a club record transfer fee of £20.5m. Icardi has scored six goals in 11 appearances so far this season.