Leroy on the Saints Austin Factor


LEROY (1)It’s going to be very interesting to see whether Ronald Koeman goes with Charlie Austin this evening.

I understand the former QPR striker is fit and given the long reported on/off transfer history with West Ham it could be a fascinating sub plot.

It’s a game we really will enjoy. I know that for a fact because you have two managers who truly believe in playing the game the right way.

The Hammers -via AC – turned it round at Upton Park last time after being out-footballed in the first half and I really fancy us this evening.

Saints aren’t the best at the back – a bit slow at times – and their attacking style means they can leave gaps for Dimi Payet to exploit and I hope Antonio plays because he too can really stretch them.

I see a ‘double’ on the horizon after the win at Upton Park and I certainly believe that Enner Valencia will start. He’s probably showing the best form of his Irons career and I think there’s more to come. Four goals in four games is top stuff by any strikers standards.

I think Slav is certain to  stick AC on the bench and then there’ the new loan signing Emenike – so many options eh?

Happy days at West Ham who I believe will win 2-1.


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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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  • bubs says:

    I predict a draw but entertaining draw,
    Lawersuck did his normal another defeat on the road for us what a banker,
    I hope we go with a target man Carroll to start and if he can’t hack it release the new boy,
    But Valencia on the left and Antonio on the right with Payet behind is a must to stop the backs pushing forward and us going in our she’ll until we go one down,
    Kouyate and Noble or Obiang ( not Song )
    Would love to see Byram start but Tomo deserves his birth just like Collins does and Ginge will deal with Austin no problem but Sade or Pelle could be harder,
    I hope he starts with Austin as he is not as big a threat,
    What a bench we will have this Saturday and Lanzini to come into the team with Sakho fighting for the front mans role,
    Be nice to go a month with no injuries

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    Always good news when the Jonah (Lawro) backs us to lose !!! A draw would be good but hopefully we can catch them often on the counter and do what no other team has done yet, beat Fraser Forster a few times.

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