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Hammer set for two-week absence



CandH Exclusive by Hughie Southon


Maxwel Cornet will definitely miss the game against Anderlecht tomorrow evening (Thursday) and will also be absent when the team take on Fulham on Sunday.

After having scans, it appears the new £17.5 million signing injured his thigh when being forced off early against Wolves and will definitely miss the two games as a result.

A Hammers source told us: “Maxwel has been scanned and yes, has a thigh injury, We exopect him to be out for up to 14 days.”

Cornet has been singularly unlucky since arriving from Burnley having seen what the world believed was a perfectly good goal ruled out via a shocking VAR decision at Stamford Bridge before his latest setback on Saturday at the London Stadium.

He is set to miss games now against Fulham of course, Southampton and probably Liverpool at Anfield with his most likely reappearance coming in the game against Bournemouth on October 24.

Ben Johnson is available for the Fulham game and as reported earlier Nayef Aguerd is making progress whilst training on grass.

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17 y/o in contention for Anderlecht

The 17-year-old Regan Clayton was in training with West Ham’s first-team ahead of the Europa League clash with Anderlecht, according to a report from Football.London.

The Hammers have been in decent form in Europe this season and beat both FCSB and Silkeborg in their first two encounters in the Europa Conference League.

Clayton plays as a left-back and has been a fixture for both the Under-18s and the Under-23s in recent months.

For the former, he has made 45 appearances, and scored three goals, while also registering two assists, and he has played 11 times for the Under-18s.

While he has not yet made his debut for the first-team, he was on the bench for the clash with FCSB earlier in the group stage.

The teenager is clearly highly thought of at the Hammers and he signed a professional contract back in June, which has tied him to the club for the foreseeable future.

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Hammers breathing a renewed spirt

by John Davison

With West Ham United manager David Moyes securing another good seventh place finish in the Premier League in the 2021/22 campaign, everyone was hopeful the club would continue to kick on further in 2022/23, but sadly that has not been the case on a domestic front.

Eight games into what has already been a very disruptive season, and it will only get worse when the English top flight pauses for the winter World Cup out in Qatar, Moyes has seen his side lose five of our opening seven matches, but on Saturday we took a much needed, and deserved, victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers to register our second win of the campaign.

Looking at the football betting website https://betting.com/gb/, which had a range of different ways to bet on this match, those who backed the club to pick up the second win of the year would have been very pleased to see their confidence rewarded.

Having kept the clean sheet at one end of the pitch, attackers Gianluca Scamacca and Jarrod Bowen powered us to a pretty comfortable win and the points lifted us up into 15th place in the table. With four wins secured in the Europa Conference League, confidence should not have been an issue, but on a Premier League front something just was not clicking.

Moyes will be hoping Wolves proves to be a turning point on that front given as we now enter the fixture crush heading towards November’s break, we have some very winnable games coming up and Hammers fans would be quite optimistic of picking up successive back to back wins over the likes of Fulham, Southampton, and then all three points from the AF Bournemouth clash before the month comes to a close.

Even though we have to face Liverpool and Manchester United in October, securing maximum points from the above three matches would certainly reduce the pressure that has built on Moyes in the opening seven games, but there are those in the fanbase who feel that the pressure was unwarranted given the ridiculous Video Assistant Referee decision in the Chelsea game which denied us a point, and then we only needed one chance to go in (given the number we created) to take victory in the Nottingham Forest game and a four point change would certainly alter the perception of our start to the year.

Moyes was understandably happy following the Wolves result, but he knew we had to build on it now.

He said: “It was really good. Some of our games have been really close. We’ve lost a few narrowly and had decisions go against us. We got over the line today. I don’t think we played as well today as we have in other games. Two good finishes. It’s good those boys are on the scoresheet and hopefully it gives them confidence. Wolves are a good footballing team. We had to be patient and try to turn them over at the right moments. Gianluca Scamacca did really well for us today. People ask why we’re not playing him. But he needs to get a level of fitness and used to the Premier League. After 60 minutes we had to make a change. He led the line for us today. We’re really pleased with him today.”

Let us see what the remainder of October brings, but hopefully we will go into November in much greater spirits.

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Flop could have gone elsewhere

West Ham flop Albian Ajeti has explained that he could have joined Lazio but had a “gut feeling” to move to east London.

The striker joined the Irons from Basel in 2019.

The Irons paid around £10m to bring him in from the Swiss side, but he only lasted a season before moving to Celtic.

In total, he played 12 times for the first-team but did not manage to score a goal, nor did he provide an assist.

Even during his time with Celtic, he only managed nine goals in 48 games, and is now on loan at Sturm Graz in Austria.

A Switzerland international with 11 caps, Ajeti has now explained that he could have joined Lazio, whom Sturm Graz are currently preparing to play in the Europa League group stage.

Speaking in an interview with Kronen Zeitung, he said: “There were talks (with Lazio). In the end, it was certainly not a decision against Lazio, but my gut feeling advised me to go to West Ham.”

Ajeti was actually prolific at Basel before moving to West Ham, as he scored 43 goals in 96 games for the club, but the scoring touch has deserted him in recent seasons.

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More misery for Hammers fans

Hammers fans in the Greater Anglia Rauk Network face more travel misery on Sunday when Fulham come visiting the London Stadium.

Following a national rail striker affecting the attendance for the match against Wolves, fans in the said area face more issues and are advised to to check the Greater Anglia Network website for more details before they travel on Sunday.

There is planned engineering work that will be taking place across the Greater Anglia Network

A national rail strike is due to be held on Saturday and the train companies have warned this could also stretch into Sunday morning with trains out of position,

That means it could take most of the morning for trains to return to the normal Sunday service,

On the London Underground, there are planned works and closures on the District Line and Elizabeth Line.

TFL advises customers to check before they travel and to allow extra time this weekend as services attempt to get back to normal.

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Ex-Hammer makes long-awaited football return

Pedro Obiang made a long-awaited return to football over the weekend with Italian club Sassuolo.

The 30-year-old missed over 500 days of action due to a horror lung problem.

Per The Sun, he was unable to train or play after a bronchopulmonary outbreak of a viral nature.

Obiang missed the entirety of the 2021/22 season, as a result, but he played at the weekend as Sassuolo beat Salernitana 5-0, coming on as a late substitute.

He wrote on Instagram, as per the report: “And finally after 504 days we are officially back in Serie A.

“Honestly, thank you very much to all of you who are always supporting me, to those who have helped me during the most difficult periods, my family obviously, @sassuolocalcio and team-mates who are the best that’s ever touched me.

“We continue the fight and hopefully it will be the beginning of my new football youth.”

Obiang spent four years with the Hammers between 2015 and 2019, making 116 appearances in total.

He departed for Sassuolo in 2019 but his playing time at the club has, quite understandably, been limited significantly by the injury woes he has been dealing with.

The Guinea international has won 11 caps for his country and has a contract with the Serie A club until 2023.

Everyone at ClaretandHugh is delighted to see Pedro back on a football pitch, doing what he does best.


Hammers injury updates

 (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Jarrod Bowen’s injured finger is unlikely to keep him out of the Hammers line up in Belgium should he be required in tomorrow evening’s Conference clash.

Bowen dislocated the finger during the game against Wolves, but a Hammers insider revealed that he will be available should the manager need him although it seems unlikely, he will be risked given the weekend game against Fulham

There is better news of long term absentee Nayef Aguerd – injured in pre-season – with the news that he is now back on grass.

He is now looking to make a return for his country Morocco in the World Cup which would see him not too far from kicking footballs again should he continue to make decent progress.

However, in truth, should Daws retain his fitness – along with Kurt Zouma – the £30 million central defender will  not be as badly missed as might have been expected given the form he showed against Wolves in the weekend victory.

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Hammers head out on a revenge mission

The Irons head for Belgium as likely favourites for only their second clash with Anderlecht tomorrow night (Thurs) – the other being when they were beaten in the 1976 European Cup Winners’ Cup final.

That means they are also on a revenge mission, but a tight game is very much on the cards.

The Hammers have two wins from two Group B matches played, after beating Romanians FCSB 3-1 at London Stadium and Danish side Silkeborg IF 3-2 on the road in September.

Anderlecht are also unbeaten, having beaten Silkeborg 1-0 at Lotto Park on Matchday One, then drawn 0-0 at FCSB last time out.

A total of 1300 Hammers fans will be inside the stadium which has just a 21,500-capacity cheering on what is likely to be a much-changed side from the one that beat Wolves at the weekend.

There will also be NO goal-line technology or VAR in operation at Lotto Park on Thursday evening. There is also no VAR in use in the UECL this season.

If a player receives three cautions during the group stage he will be required to serve a one-match suspension. Maxwel Cornet, Aaron Cresswell, Angelo Ogbonna and Emerson have all received one caution so far.

Each manager can name up to 12 substitutes, of whom five can be used on three occasions (plus half-time). There are no additional ‘concussion substitutes’ available in UEFA Club Competitions.

The team news remains much as it was before the weekend with Ben Johnson back in training after recovering from a thigh problem.

Anderlecht’s only injury issues surround central midfielder Adrien Trébel, who has been out with a shoulder injury since August, and Belgium U21 international defensive midfielder Marco Kana, who has only featured once this season.

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Irons midfield target won’t rule out move

Burnley’s Josh Brownhill has refused to rule out the prospect of leaving the club in future, having previously been linked with a move to West Ham.

The Hammers were credited with an interest in signing the 26-year-old in the summer and they weren’t the only club said to be eyeing up a bid.

Wolves, Southampton, Leeds, Leicester and Everton were all said to be monitoring his situation, although no bids were actually tabled.

Brownhill is now playing in the Championship after Burnley’s relegation but he is shining in the second-tier, scoring four goals and laying on two assists in 11 league appearances.

He was asked about the speculation surrounding him in the summer by Burnley Express but he has stopped short of committing his future to the Turf Moor club.

He said: “You hear of all sorts of things that go round, especially when the transfer window is open, rumours fly around, but for me I think everyone has seen from day one that I’ve got my head down and worked hard.

“Whatever happens, happens, but for me I enjoy what we’re doing this year and the manager has given me a lot of confidence. It’s the football that I want to be playing and for me to be playing at my happiest, at this moment in time, it’s at Burnley Football Club.”

Brownhill has a contract until 2024 and has been with Burnley since 2020; he has previously played for Bristol City, Preston North End, and Barnsley.


Hammer was so close to exit

Craig Dawson was so close to leaving West Ham in the summer.

A new report from The Athletic makes it clear that the veteran centre-back was two hours away from a move to Wolves.

The two clubs had agreed a fee worth £4m and staff at Wolves were preparing for the player’s medical.

The Hammers, as we reported on the day, turned their attentions to signing Southampton centre-back Jan Bednarek as his replacement.

Bednarek, though, decided to move to Aston Villa instead, on a season-long loan, and that put paid to Dawson’s potential move to the Hammers, with Wolves informed two hours before the medical was booked.

Dawson has a contract that expires in 2023 so there is every chance that a move could be revisited in January, provided the Hammers can source a replacement.

Nayef Aguerd may be fit then, of course, while the other options in defence are Thilo Kehrer, Kurt Zouma, and Angelo Ogbonna.