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Hindsight is a wonderful thing

Brendan Rogers is doing a wonderful job at Leicester City both in his summer signings and the league position the Foxes find themselves after last week’s 9-0 win over Southampton.

Rogers costs Leicester City owners £5m per year compared the Pellegrini’s £8m salary but if we are honest no-one was calling for Brendan Rogers to replace David Moyes at West Ham.

If we were offered a choice of Brendan Rogers or Manuel Pellegrini in the summer 2018 we would have chosen the Chilean manager without the benefit of hindsight.

Rogers spent £95m last summer on Youri Tielemans (£40m), Ayoze Pérez (£30m) Dennis Praet (£19m) and James Justin (£6m)

In comparison Pellegrini spent £81m for Sebastian Haller (£45m) Fornals (£25m) Ajeti (£8m) and Gonçalo Cardoso (£3m)

Leicester City sit third with 20 points and  goal difference of plus seventeen from 10 games just two points away from second placed Manchester City. They have won six games, drawn two and lost two.

West Ham are tenth placed on 13 points on a goal difference minus two with wins over Manchester United, Norwich City and Watford.


About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

2 comments on “Hindsight is a wonderful thing

  1. In fairness, Rodgers inherited the nucleus of a decent side from front to back. MP wasn’t so fortunate. Would Rodgers have even left Celtic to come to East London if invited ?
    Hypothesis and conjecture would make us all world beaters.
    As you say, hindsight is a wonderful thing.

  2. I am not sure there is any hindsight involved here. Leicester were at a completely different stage to WHU on their progression line last year, as they were already a fairly well balanced team when he took over, FULL of potential and energy. He has not had to conduct a squad overhaul, and has only had to make one signing (Tielemans) to get to this level (Ayoze is just backup to Vardy). Come the start of this season, they were at least a season ahead of us in their progression.
    MP has had so many injured players coming back, with no guarantee how good they will return back to, and not to mention high profile players to get rid of. We still had Carroll 4 months ago!! Our striker is in his first in the PL, while Vardy is well up to speed.
    I think us WHU fans wrongly all expected us to be as good if not better than Leicester this season, which is getting ahead of our actual progression line. Maybe we all subconsciously thought that MP’s record of European qualification meant that we should expect that this season. Truth is we should have EXPECTED to be where we are now, which is making progress and VERY close to that target. With some more clinical finishing against Palace and Sheffield we would be in 5th having and AMAZING season, just 2 points behind Leicester. We have to be realistic.
    Since Jan 2019 Palace and Leicester have been 3 points of top 4, their form has just continued from last season, ours is just a little behind. I still feel that MP has to make one more KEY signing and (like Rodgers) needed to get an energetic midfielder to replace Nobes as Declan’s partner in CM. I love Nobes but he leaves Dec exposed when the opposition get behind him, as he is not quick enough to get back goal-side. In conclusion, we are only NOW where Leicester were when Rodgers took them over. MP needed 3 seasons, and being realistic he is on track, so we should not do the West Ham usual and start piling pressure on. We need to support the players, and they may yet come together more and have a great season.

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