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What’s wrong with Paqueta?

What has happened to Lucas Paqueta? Whilst David Moyes seemed to be concentrating on West Ham’s defensive failings rather than his own shortcomings at Selhurst Park, a certain Brazilian appeared to have evaded criticism.

Paqueta’s performance against Crystal Palace was shockingly poor. Of course, he wasn’t the only one who underperformed during another humiliating day for West Ham in the Premier League, but it seemed like he gave up.

The Hammers’ £85 million man was recently criticised for not attending Thursdays Europa League game at the London Stadium, but he didn’t seem to show up at Selhurst Park either. Make no mistake about it, Kudus, Soucek, Ogbonna, and Coufal were all subpar, but at least they tried and appeared to care.

Paqueta went missing

Lucas Paqueta was ineffective and abysmal against Crystal Palace

On the other hand, Paqueta stopped running on several occasions, and unlike his teammates, he didn’t have the excuse of being tired from Thursday’s game. Irons away fans were treated to the usual antics of Paqueta rolling around on the floor, along with a series of half-hearted and inaccurate passes.

I have marvelled all season at the Brazilian’s ability to put his FA investigation behind him and produce stunning performances. However, it’s been a while since we’ve seen the sort of genius performance that justifies an £80 million price tag.

It’s probably too late for him to save our season and propel the club to European football again. But if he continues to replicate the performances of his recent games, he’s more of a hindrance than a help.

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Hammers could land Chelsea man this summer

West Ham could finally sign Conor Gallagher this summer with Chelsea likely forced to sell to balance their books to stay within profit and sustainability regulations (PSR)

The West London rivals lost £90m last season with a massive wage bill of £404m and over £1 billion in transfers since new owners took over.

Although Chelsea sold their Stamford Bridge hotels to themselves for £75m this will not be enough to prevent potential points sanctions next season.

The Surrey-born midfielder is thought to be valued at around £40m which could be booked as straight profit by Chelsea as he is an Academy product joining the London club at the age of eight.

West Ham is desperate to recruit homegrown players this summer to enable them to register a full squad of twenty-five.

Last season the Hammers listed Joseph Anang, Michail Antonio, Jarrod Bowen, Conor Coventry, Aaron Cresswell, Danny Ings, Ben Johnson and James Ward Prowse as their required eight homegrown players.

Conor Coventry left for Charlton Athletic in January with Aaron Cresswell and Ben Johnson set to leave the Hammers his summer when their contracts expire.

Michail Antonio and Danny Ings remain question marks over their future putting more pressure to recruit homegrown players this summer.

 

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Shocking and shambolic but Moyes dodges the blame

David Moyes has admitted that today’s 5-2 defeat at Selhurst Park was the worst West Ham display under his management.

Speaking directly after the game, Moyes said, “Yes, that was the worst defeat under me but also by the team. I thought the team today was really poor.”

The Hammers’ gaffer continued, “We were without Jarrod and without a couple of the centre-backs, and it showed. I’d built it up for the players to be such a big game and how we had to perform really well. Today we were absolutely nowhere near anything at all.”

Socking and shambolic. Moyes admits to worst game under his management

When asked if the defending was shocking and shambolic, Moyes replied, “Yes indeed, I’d have used stronger words than that.”

So there it is again, the blame placed firmly upon the players with no culpability taken by the manager himself.

Of course, the players were tired and fatigued, but it was Moyes’ choice to play out a Premier League campaign with a smaller squad than West Ham began the season with.

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Moyes half time silence as reality hits home

James Ward-Prowse was the unfortunate player chosen to discuss West Ham’s demoralising 5-2 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace, a task no player would envy. Despite being played out of position in an attacking midfield role that clearly doesn’t suit him, Ward-Prowse provided a candid assessment of the game.

Describing the match as an “embarrassing” afternoon of football, Ward-Prowse didn’t mince words about West Ham United’s performance at Selhurst Park. Crystal Palace had quickly surged ahead with four goals within the first 31 minutes, effectively dismantling any hopes of a positive outcome for the Hammers, despite Michail Antonio’s goal in the first half.

The situation was further exacerbated by a bizarre own goal from Dean Henderson in the 90th minute, after Jean-Philippe Mateta had already secured his second goal and Palace’s fifth, sealing a disastrous day for West Ham.

Ward-Prowse highlighted the team’s lack of aggression and unity in defence as significant factors in their poor performance. “You can talk about how you play with the ball, but I think our lack of aggression and togetherness out of possession really cost us against Crystal Palace,” he explained.

Ward Prowse was embarrassed by Palace defeat

Moyes half time silence: Ward Prowse said the team did not need explaining to

No excuses

He dismissed the notion that fatigue from playing on Thursday night could be used as an excuse. “If we aim to be a top team and contend for a European place, you can’t have a high-calibre performance against one of the best teams in the world like Bayer Leverkusen, and then perform as poorly as we did against Crystal Palace.”

He also noted that the team was acutely aware of their shortcomings at halftime, without needing further admonition. “We didn’t need anything said to us at halftime because we all knew what went wrong. You can’t allow any team in football to score goals as easily as we did, especially in the Premier League. It doesn’t matter if you’re playing a team at the bottom or the top of the table, they will punish you,” he concluded.

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Enough is enough, Moyes has to go

Enough is enough. West Ham suffered a crushing 5-2 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, but this was not a one-off event.

David Moyes‘ teams are frequently humiliated, enduring several heavy defeats each season. This campaign alone, Fulham, Palace, and Arsenal have all scored more than five goals against a West Ham defence that ranks among the worst in the Premier League.

Many might point to fatigue and fixture congestion as factors in this loss. However, Moyes has intentionally opted for a smaller squad, a decision he openly acknowledged this week. After four years at the helm, this is unequivocally his team and his squad. Therefore, if it is tired and overused then it’s entirely the managers doing.

Moyes looked tired as West Ham lost to Palace

Out of luck, out of legs and out of ideas: Moyes surely has to go following another Hammers thrashing?

Moyes appears tired and out of ideas, seemingly viewing modern football trends with disdain and scepticism. His contract is set to expire in a few months, and the squad desperately needs a massive overhaul.

During Moyes’ second tenure at The London Stadium, the club have spent over £400 million on transfers. Despite significant investment, particularly in defence, it remains one of the weakest units outside the Premier League relegation zone.

Personally, I believe it’s time for a change. With Director of Football Tim Steidten at the club and some of the best young academy talent in a generation, it’s the perfect moment for a new project and rebuild. I have no interest in seeing Moyes’ third vision for West Ham; it’s time for fresh ideas and new leadership.

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Crystal Palace 5 West Ham 2: Player Ratings

Crystal Palace 5 West Ham 2

Fabianski:4 Awful positioning and completely missed the ball as Palace opened the scoring on 6 mins. Made a good save after half-time.

Coufal:3 Lost Eze for Palace’s second and not much better for the third. Outclassed.

Zouma:2 Awful pass put Antonio in trouble as West Ham went 2-0 down in 15 mins. Nutmegged by Eze before Palace’s FITH goal.

Crystal Palace v West Ham-Zouma

Crystal Palace 5 West Ham 2: Zouma can’t believe what he seeing as The Eagles went 4-0 ahead.

Ogbonna:2 Not equipped to deal with the pace of Palace’s attack. Hooked at half time but it could have been anyone.

Emerson:3 Scored a 3rd for the opposition as West Ham capitulated.

Alvarez:3 Should have made a tackle as The Hammers went 3-0 down after 19 mins. Slightly better in the second half.

Soucek:3 His lack of technique was exposed by a better midfield. Good header set up Antonio.

Ward Prowse:4 Made a wonderful job of turning attacking midfield into a defensive role which unfortunately benefited neither West Ham’s attack or defence. Antonio should have scored from his freekick.

Kudus:3 Gave the ball away for Palace’s 4th. Otherwise uninvolved.

Paqueta:1 Awful. Like playing with ten men.

Antonio:4 Knackered from minute 1 and consistently lost possession and eventually his composure. Missed from 3 yards. Scored to make it 4-1 just before half time.

Substitutes

Johnson:6 45 min sub for Ogbonna. Not a complete disaster which was not something that could be said of most players.

Cresswell:6 45 min sub for Soucek. Played as left centre back as Moyes tried damage limitation

Ings: 74th min for Antonio

Phillips: 74th min for Alvarez

Cornet: 84th min sub for Kudus, nearly scored.

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Abject Irons Thumped by Palace 5-2

One of the worst first half performances of the season from the Irons saw them sink to a 5-2 defeat and it could have been more !

The Irons set the tone (or lack of it) by conceding a poor goal from the first attack of the game

On the sixth minute saw good interplay between Eze and Wharton from a corner, with West Ham‘s defenders far too slow to get near the ball.
Andersen then clipped the ball in from the left of the area and Olise – hardly the biggest player on the pitch – rose above everyone to nod the ball into the net.
Fabianski came racing from his line but was beaten to the ball. Really sloppy from West Ham, particularly Emerson – who was guilty of ball watching.

 

Then our afternoon got even worse after a misplaced pass from Zouma to Antonio saw Richards intercept, then Olise slipped Mateta in behind West Ham’s defence. His shot was initially saved by Fabianski, before Eze produced an acrobatic finish to bury the rebound.

Then in just 20 minutes, the Hammers, looking shell shocked, conceded a third.
This was embarrassing from West Ham. Palace had acres of space to run into yet again, with the ball clipped into the back post, with Fabianski and Emerson not communicating before the ball bounced in off the left-back.

Moyes then tweaked West Ham’s shape, matching Palace’s 3-4-3, with Alvarez in defence and Kudus and Paqueta behind Antonio.
Not that it made any difference as the humiliation continued, when Kudus lost possession to Hughes in midfield and Palace pounced with Olise slipped in on the left by Eze. His first-time cross found the unmarked Mateta who – despite West Ham deploying three centre-backs ! – had too much space and slotted a finish past the hapless Fabianski

Then five minutes before half time, Antonio got one back.Will Hughes was booked for a foul on Tomáš Souček, and West Ham made the most of the free-kick. After it’s initially played short, it’s whipped in, Souček headed the ball back across goal and Antonio was there to tap it past Dean Henderson.
It then went to a VAR check, but the Hammers No9 was onside and it was 4-1 five minutes before half-time.

The second half saw two changes with Ben Johnson and Aaron Cresswell replacing Angelo Ogbonna and Tomáš Souček. Understandably, the pace went out of the game a little in the second half. Palace were always looking comfortable though and inevitably the fifth goal arrived.

Eze embarrassed Zouma, twisting and turning before poking a pass to Mateta through the defender’s legs.Mateta controled the ball before blasting a finish inside the near post. Fabianski had no chance.

A final throw of the dice saw  a double change for West Ham United – Kalvin Phillips and Danny Ings came on to replace Edson Álvarez and Michail Antonio. Not that it changed anything.

Then the Palace goalkeeper obviously feeling sorry for us  – and also perhaps because he had so little to do – took his eye off a Mitchell back pass and allowed it trickle into his own net.

Okay, the Hammers may have been tired from their Europa League efforts but this performance was totally unacceptable.

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Line Ups – Palace v West Ham

 

No great surprises with the team news. As expected Jarrod Bowen is still feeling the effect of his back injury and will not take part

 

West Ham United  starting lineup:
Fabianski; Coufal, Zouma, Ward-Prowse Emerson;Ogbonna, Alvarez, Soucek; Paqueta, Ward-Prowse, Kudus; Antonio

COYI !

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West Ham Join Burnley in Race for Scottish Striker

West Ham United have joined the race to sign rising Scottish talent Bobby Wales, according to FootballTransfers.

The 18-year-old striker, currently on loan at Alloa Athletic from Kilmarnock, has attracted interest from several clubs with his impressive performances. West Ham and Burnley are reportedly the most interested Premier League teams at this stage.

Wales boasts a commendable record of 12 goals and 4 assists in just 24 appearances for Alloa. This form has earned him a call-up to the Scotland U19 national team.

Despite his young age, Wales already has experience at the top level of Scottish football, having made 10 appearances for Kilmarnock before his loan spell.

Standing tall at 6 feet 3 inches, Wales possesses the physicality and goal-scoring ability that has caught the eye of both West Ham and Burnley.

Wales recently extended his contract with Kilmarnock until 2025. He is a product of their academy and a lifelong Kilmarnock fan. Last season, he scored 25 goals for their youth teams before his loan move. Wales’ talent has been recognised within Kilmarnock. He received the club’s “Rising Academy Star” award last year.

West Ham’s interest in Wales suggests they might be looking to bolster their attacking options with a promising young talent. The competition from Burnley adds another layer to the story, making it a race to watch in the upcoming transfer window.

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Injury Woes Cripple Palace

West Ham United have received a significant boost ahead of their crucial Premier League clash against Crystal Palace this afternoon

 

With the season nearing its end, West Ham know only victories will keep their European ambitions alive. Their trip to Selhurst Park this afternoon becomes a must-win encounter.

Crystal Palace manager Oliver Glasner faces a selection nightmare, with up to nine players ruled out due to injury. This presents a golden opportunity for West Ham to capitalise.

Jefferson Lerma, Marc Guehi, Sam Johnstone, Rob Holding, and Cheick Doucoure are all confirmed unavailable. Additionally, concerns surround Will Hughes, Joel Ward, Matheus Franca, and Chris Richards.

While West Ham also has injuries, our situation seems far better compared to Palace’s decimated squad.

West Ham must seize on this advantage presented by Palace’s misfortune. Although, I seem to recall a similar situation ahead of our not so recent trip to Newcastle, and we all know how that ended!