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£119m Hammers put multi millions City in place

By Hughie Southon

The team fielded by West Ham United yesterday cost approximately £119million – Jack Grealish cost Manchester City £100 million.


That tells you as much as you need to know about a Hammers team who, but for an unfortunate own goal, would have beaten Manchester City for the first time yesterday since the opening game of the season.

For those who are continually shouting “spend the money” that is something of a wake up call because for all of their possession, and Grealish in particular at times, the Hammers were more than City’s equal where it mattered – un front of goal.

Sadly. through ill health at times, I have been unable to get to the stadium as much as I would have wanted to this season but Grealish’s performance reminded me why being present is always an entirely different – and better – experience than watching on the box.

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I felt nervous every time he was on the ball and that’s not something which is always the case when watching players on the tele.

We are following the producer and editor’ narrative of the game rather than our own and from the moment he started piling it on in the second half the atmosphere was very subdued indeed – you don’t get that in your living room.

In the end of course a fine defensive performance saw us take what could be a truly important point although it did occur that maybe the boss could have brought on Ryan Fredericks who with Vladi performed such a good job on Grealish at Villa Park last season.

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About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

One comment on “£119m Hammers put multi millions City in place

  1. We do need to invest in this squad Hugh, we need a left back a creative central midfielder, proper defensive midfield cover, a left sided cb and two centre forwards to rotate with Mikey, for the last two seasons we have struggled when Antonio has been out of form or injured, Bowen can do some aspects of that role but we don’t have a proper change up that can affect games. If we could somehow sign Nunez, Nketiah and or Watkins from Villa, they would give us options, in central midfield we should go all out for Bissouma he is a perfect replacement for Rice/Soucek and would give us drive and defensive cover in midfield, Ward-Prowse is a perfect replacement for Noble if he can be prized out of Southampton or maybe go in for Eriksson or Coutinho at left back would go to Brighton also and Cucarella he is a ball playing lb like Cresswell except a bit better defensively. CB Tarkowski on a free or if they go down Ben Mee from Burnley. I think 6 or 7 players are needed to supplement and enhance what we have

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