Hugh’s Blogs

Hammers revival in hands of old guard

With Diafra Sakho and Aaron Cresswell tipped to return to the squad this week it gets harder and harder to see how any of the summer additions are going to get games. Add Andy Carroll and Andre Ayew’s return within the next fortnight and the position only bcomes exasperated. The bottom line is that West […]

Slav’s stadium training plan isn’t full answer

Fair play to Slaven Bilic. Hewants to train at the London Stadium in order for the lads to become better adjusted to the place. He explained: ” The pitch at our training ground at Rush Green is the same size as the one we play on at Stratford but you can’t replicate what is unique about […]

So who is in charge of player recruitment?

Time and again fans on the ClaretandHugh forums ask the same question: Who is responsible for the recruitment of players at the club. It’s a perfectly justifiable question although in many cases some have decided before the question can be answered depending on how the team is performing and who they like or dislike at […]

Irons managed a ‘first’ with this team!

West Ham managed to do a ‘first ever’ on Wednesday night against Accrington Stanley. No, it wasn’t a great performance and yes we did get through much to everybody’s relief, but what was sad was that for the first time an Irons team failed to include a single Englishman over the 90 minutes. This was […]

Masuaku injury goes from ‘not big’ to six weeks!

Maybe Slav is a supreme optimist but the news that Arthur Masuaku will be out for a minimum of six weeks came as a big surprise this morning given his report on the injury yesterday. Speaking after the Accrington match the manager said that “the left leg injury doesn’t look a worrying one” yet here […]

Valencia? Koeman is nobody’s fool!

When you hold on to your best and lose one who really hasn’t been doing it for you, then it’s fair to say West Ham United have enjoyed a good transfer window. Dimi Payet stays… Enner Valencia goes – that sounds great doesn’t it but before progressing the thought I will take a breath and […]

Final whistle verdict: Irons season started here

Manchester City 3 Irons 1 At last we can feel confident for the first time since the lads re-assembled in pre-season. It seems odd to be talking like that after a 3-1 defeat but for the first time since last season we really started to play with purpose and passion in the second half and […]

Awful Irons… but this kid cannot go out on loan

Match verdict There’s been something very wrong all pre-season and now into it. Injuries? Yes but tonight we saw a West Ham United performance entirely unrecognisable from anything we watched in   2015/16. Without any creative players of consequence on the pitch  (and please please please don’t mention the name Tore) we saw two teams who […]

We’re okay and it will get a whole lot better

All that mattered was the result – ok a cliche  but never truer than this afternoon. And as usual the manager summed up the performance to perfection declaring that without the creative players it was all down to guts, determination, aggresion and team spirit. To grind out a one niller with so many of our […]

Irons add to Kouyate mystery

Beyond last night’s performance in the Europa Cup, which probably left most of us undwerhelmed,  remained one unanswered question: ‘What’s the score with Cheik Kouyate?’ Our understanding is that the midfielder had suffered a thigh injury in training and was unavailable to play. We were also told that he would be sidelined for 7-14 days. […]