Hammers decide big two can go


By Hugh Southon

Fancy dan players will only be heading one way as far as West Ham are concerned this season and it won’t be in!

They do not fit the Moyes agenda as demonstrated by the absence of Felipe Anderson and a sadly out of form Manu Lanzini season from his plans of late.

We have learned that both will be allowed to leave, along with other fringe players and replaced by high energy athletes who can provide the athleticism and determination he requires.

Moyes’ scouting trips to The Valley and Loftus Road over recent days tells its own story and our source told us by phone: “We need to bring in some fresh faces. It’s all in the manager’s hands”

Fabian Balbuena  will also be allowed to move on and these three alone in a flat market will allow the manager the finds required to start his West Ham rebuilding project.

And that means that the manager is looking hard for another central defender given he will be left with just Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna.

A new striker is required but at right back Ryan Fredericks is likely to be retained although Ben Johnson is now being seen as the potential number one. On the other side of the back four Aaron Cresswell can expect competition from a new addition.

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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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  • Steve Smith says:

    Is Fancy Dan foreigners the right terminology to use?

    • Not in a PC world probably but I don’t accept much of that nonsense and fail to see any racism or anything else – changed to players to keep everybody happy. As I understood my own piece the two players I mentioned were foreign.I’m struggling to see any similar in the Hammers squad

  • Johnharrison says:

    All moves in the right direction.

  • The Cat says:

    In this high-intensity game that we play these days, there aren’t many clubs that can carry players like that, who may put in one decent performance out of four and choose when to put in a shift.
    I think as West Ham supporters we dream of skilful players with silky skills cutting through teams with ease. We all love the beauty of the game of football, but skill has to be paired with high energy industriousness and it’s this combination that often proves effective and what Moyes will be looking for.
    Take Bowen for example, his desire, ability and industriousness in abundance has been a breath of fresh air for us during our battle for survival.
    Anderson has flattered to deceive and his sale would be welcome as far as I’m concerned. Unfortunately, Lanzini has not been the same player since his injury and although Moyes (through loyalty) gave him every chance to prove that he still had it, sadly he simply couldn’t raise his game. A move could possibly reignite his career and I wish him the very best. As for Balbuena, as much as I liked him and he looked good for a while for us, I can now see that he can’t seriously challenge for a first-team position as he isn’t really Premiership standard.
    I welcome the new model at West Ham and the player profile that we will be looking at going forward. I recently heard someone say that a 36-year-old Tevez would be good for West Ham……Possibly the Craziest bit of speculation that I have heard for some time. No more retirement home, No more final payday home, No more “They’re in the Capital” home……. Simply players with the right, Desire, Ability and Age Profile to play for this club going forward, with the Academy also being utilised like it should be.

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