Hammers face exit door as new era starts


West Ham veterans Lukasz Fabianski, Aaron Cresswell, and Angelo Ogbonna are all unlikely to  see their contracts renewed at the end of next season.

There may be a case for offering Fab an extension given his continuing high level performances at Euro level and Mikey Antonio has had the option on his contract taken up but the other two appear to be coming to their time at the club.

The No 9 has often takes much criticism for his form at times but after what will have been nearly 10 years at the club he deserves nothing but praise in my book after once described as likely to become the best right back in the Premier League by Slaven Bilic!

The Irons decided to keep the veterans around this year as a form of insurance against Declan Rice’s departure – the view being that that strong voices were required in the dressing room following the departure of the club’s star man.

Cress has had no chances so far because of injury and Oggy has skipped the team in Europe but one imagines Moyes and Steidten are looking at a left back and striker to join the club next season as well as a back up central defender.

In fact , two strikers may be needed given that Danny Ings has torn up no trees at all since his arrival and the manager continues to hold Divin Mubama back.

One thing is certain – the new era is well and truly underway,

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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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