Hammer Alvarez impresses


The Irons saw 10 players called up by their respective nations for the September window, many of whom have already been in action.

New boy, Edson Alvarez, who has been playing as a holding midfielder since arriving at West Ham, played the full 90 minutes at centre-back against Australia.

That is a position Alvarez has played in previously, so it is comforting to know the Mexican can slot into that position should – God forbid- an injury crisis hit at the London Stadium.

The Spanish sports website AS reported that Alvarez “has looked good in his less familiar role in the heart of defence”.

Alvarez was not the only West Ham player to show his versatility while away on international duty, as Vladimir Coufal was used in a more advanced position of right wing-back for Czech Republic in their 1-1 Euro 2024 qualifying draw with Albania last Thursday

And surprise, surprise even Maxwel Cornet got a game, although not playing as a winger but as a left sided wing back in Ivory Coast’s 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying win over Lesotho on Saturday

As the domestic season returns on Saturday, with arguably one of our most difficult games over the season – Manchester City. Let us hope that no injuries were picked up.

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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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