“It was a good day, the fans came out and were great in the lovely weather. It was nice to get scoring goals in this stadium as soon as possible and get a feel for it. It was good for the fans who turned up, too.
“I’m feeling good, you know. I got through pre-season really well, so now I’m just looking forward to the start of the season and to keep producing my performances and scoring goals and for the team to do well.”
“It was a great save for the first one, which is why Buffon is one of the best, but I’ve managed to follow it in and got a tap-in.”
Andy is looking forward to more additions t the squad and said: “We’ve got a good squad. The manager has done well in the transfer window and he has probably got a couple more signings to make to make us complete.
“We’ve bonded pretty well over pre-season. Our dressing room is very good at welcoming new people in and I think we’re all relishing the start of the Premier League season now.”
Lets hope that AC can manage to stay injury-free!
Lets also hope that the manager does not start AC on his own up top. If we start two up top then he is better equipped to start and play well. I see west ham as a passing team and with Carroll up top on his own, I hate to say it but that will not happen due to his lack of mobility. I think he has a tremendous amount to offer with two up top or with 20-30 mins to go and we need to go two up top.
If he can stay fit until Xmas we will have time to settle the new boys and then watch out everybody else,
When fit he is a handful and he can score important goals but not 20 per season,
But will we need that a dozen for Payet and Ayew,half a dozen for Antonio,Lanzini,Feggolui,Tore,
Another half a dozen between Kouyate and Noble
Sak,Valencia and Calleri could add more to that
It could be bonanza without anyone scoring 20
AC a brace on Monday would be great
I agree, Bubs. Who needs a 20 goal man when we have scorers all over the park. Just look at what we did last season.
Adding Feghouli, Tore and Ayew into the mix makes us seriously tasty.
JH1 – I am happy with AC as sole striker if there is no gap between him and the attacking midfield.
It wouldn’t surprise me though, if Bilic starts with AC up top and Ayew playing off him.
My team v Chelski would be:
Byram Oxford Ogbonna Masuaku
Bench: Randolph Reid Burke Nordveit Obiang Tore Fletcher
Pretty much agree with that line up markro. I’d probably swap Oxford for Nordtveit (although the lad hasn’t done too much wrong imo) and Payet for Antonio (I don’t think he’ll be fit enough quite yet to start, possibly off the bench?). Not sure if either can play LH side though. Also must say (tin hat on, it’s only my opinion) that I’d rather see the name Bacca instead of Ayew on that teamsheet.
Not knocking Ayew, I was hoping we could have both.
I just think that although we have good potential up front (Fletcher, Martinez and (hopefully) Calerri), should AC pick up a knock and Sak and Enner finally go, we’re a little short of experience which I think Bacca would bring, especially if we’re still in the EL come Christmas.
You are seriously leaving out Antonio, not just form the team, the bench as well??? You must be joking….
Ah, ok. I was wondering who I’d forgotten.
Antonio can have Obiang’s place on the bench.
Markro, same mistake playing AC up top on his own, watch our quality of football deteriorate. Secondly the ball will keep coming back at us. He can only be played with a second striker up top for him to be effective. I hope we all begin to realise this before our season starts. IMO if we do play one up top against Chelsea it has to be a mobile player with AC coming off the bench.