Alvarez excited


Edson Álvarez has made a brilliant start for the Hammers!

Following Declan Rice was about as big a job as any player could take on at the club but the former Ajax man has taken to the job in superb style.

He  played a starring role in the match at Kenilworth Road and to be sitting in fourth position as we go into the international break is an outstanding achievement by him and the team after collecting 10 points from the opening three games.

The three points temporarily put the Hammers at the top of the Premier League and West Ham will go into the September international break on ten points from four matches played, fourth in the division.

For the 25-year-old, this start in Claret and Blue is just the beginning.

He told “We’re in a very special moment. Not just for me but for all the players and the staff, and the fans too. We’re super happy and we want to keep doing the good things. This is just the beginning. 

“I feel good. I have excellent teammates on my side and they have my back. The communication between us is very clear and I’m super happy with my performances so far. But I also know I can bring more. I just want to keep working for myself and for the team, and for the fans.”

The tenacity and levels of the competition are known across the world and Álvarez knows different ways of playing are crucial to success. Against Luton, the Hammers enjoyed much more possession, and the No19 believes the side showed their quality in that regard.

“Every game and every competition is totally different. I’ve said many times that this is the best league in the world, so the intensity and the players is on a different level. There’s a lot of quality and I need to work hard, but I’m living the dream. 

“We showed against Luton that, when we have the ball, we can play well. We need to be a bit more brave with the ball, I think, and I enjoyed our football against Luton. When we needed to work hard too, we did that, so we’re happy with the result.”

Having enjoyed success in Club football so far, Álvarez will be hoping for similar form when he represents Mexico over the coming international break.

The midfielder and his international teammates are set to play two friendlies, against Australia and Uzbekistan, in America, and the midfielder is excited for the challenge.

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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!"

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