Call to drop most expensive Irons signings


Charlie Nicholas has called on Manuel Pellegrini to drop his two most expensive signings – seemingly unaware that he benched Seb Haller on Saturday anyway.

But he believes it’s also time up for Felipe Anderson  who it’s reasonable to accept has been poor over recent games for the Hammers.

The Sky Sports pundit said: “What a result for West Ham at Chelsea. Manuel Pellegrini was on the brink of losing his job and his side pulled something out of the hat for him.

They got their shape right, defended well and were a threat on the counter-attack. They do have a softness about them, though.

“Michail Antonio brings the power and strength but West Ham are too nice. Sebastien Haller has gone cold and Felipe Anderson has been poor. You have to take them out of the team, work with them on the basics, and build them up again.”

ClaretandHugh says: “It’s always fashionable to take a pop at the pundits although in this case there can be no argument over Anderson. It’s been a long time since we have seen the player at his best and even then, such occasions were few and far between. If anything, the Brazilian appears to have gone backwards after a decent first season and at times appears more than a bit lightweight in fifty/fifties where he may – given his frail stature – be keen to protect himself from injury. It seems an awful long time since the likes of Jamie Redknapp and others were describing him as inspirational and there was talk of him becoming a £75m player. Haller has gone off the boil after a bright start and if the manager continues to insist on playing one up, then the obvious candidate is Michail Antonio should he be fit. Nicholas is also right in claiming we have a ‘softness’ about us which needs to change.

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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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  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    Charlie Nicholas didn’t even watch the game, perhaps being kind to him he may have watched the highlights but imho it’s lazy journalism looking for some free reactions to his idiotic comments.

    As for Anderson there is a great player inside his body, the manager should tell him to take on defenders, take risks with the ball and the rest of the team should make runs beyond the defence so he can put the ball into spaces for them.

    We don’t play with enough tempo, when we move the ball around quickly we look unbelievable but all this tippy tappy sideways rubbish and cutting inside from wide positions negates the threat and supply to Haller making us an easy touch to anyone with numbers behind the ball. They sit deep soak it up and break fast which exposes our lack of pace in the middle and defensively, it’s easy and predictable to see why we concede so many goals.

  • Claret says:

    As I have already posted Pelle Should drop Anderson & play Masuaku on the wing he is more aggressive & tries to beat the full back rather than pass, which would help our central attackers a lot more

  • mark wiggins says:

    I see where people are coming from and the performances are not where they should be . However it might be the confidence with these two so if the test of the team are upping their game maybe these two will as well . We know they have quality we have seen it so maybe it’s about helping them regain that confidence and sometimes that means dropping to the bench until the right levels and attitude is reached. In the long run though I support them as a fan and I know they will come good like the others have shown they are willing and able to do. Another performance like at Chelsea is much needed so come on lads stick together .COYI ⚒

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