It’s all change at the Hammers – so what next?


Much has been happening in the window at West Ham over the last few hours whilst earlier we saw  – and may see more – of the squad disappearing from the club. Here,  CandH follower Buster casts his eye over events and offers his conclusions.

By CandH Follower ‘Buster

At this rate, we will hardly recognise the West Ham starting XI by the time we play Luton Town in September.

With Lanzini, Rice, Scamacca, Masuaku and Vlasic already gone, and Cresswell, Downes, Antonio and now Paqueta allegedly on their way……. we’ll have a number of new faces that will need to hit the ground running.

Not up to PL football

Alvarez looks a good signing and Ward Prowse, should he arrive, is already considered as the dead ball king in the Prem, so I look forward to regularly seeing the opposing net bulge like we did when we had Payet in the team.

If Ogbonna was worth another season, then so was Lanzini and Cresswell. Masuaku was still on our books until a few weeks ago, and to be honest, I’d forgotten all about him.

Vlasic is an experienced relatively young player we hardly saw – I’ve no idea what Moyes was put off by in seeing him every day in training.

For Downes, read Hugill…..a player who is so out of his depth in the Prem. His starting XI record in the EPL reads, seven starts, seven defeats. Whether he’s going to Southampton on loan or permanently, I can’t wait to see him gone.

What is it with our coaching staff who can’t utilise a good player like Scamacca? They were the same with Haller and Anderson.

I expect Atalanta to benefit from West Ham’s incompetence during this new season. Antonio is for me, still a definite starter up front .

At 3 ,and as pacey and strong as he appeared to be, he notched up 14 goals across all competitions last season. I would have played him alongside Scamacca with Bowen running in close by.

But then, who am I compared to the experienced Mr Moyes? I pray that he and Steidten know what their doing.


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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 Aussie Hammer 1 says:

    I’ve just noticed the Cherries have signed both Alex Scott and Max Aarons. There’s 2 players that would have been great for us. But we have 2 pensioners coming in that could of brought the ones I’ve mentioned 4 times over.

    • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

      Yeah I really thought we would go for both of those who are pacey and skillful, good recruiting by Bournemouth

  • Buster says:

    That Buster lad writes a good article!!!

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