McAvennie: Slav must defy medics on Sakho

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Slaven Bilic was been sent a straight to the point Diafra Sakho message by Hammers hero Frank McAvennie ahead of the Arsenal game: “Tell your medical staff bollocks – he is gonna start playing again as of tonight.”

Macca has been watching the medical staff ruling the roost by insisting Sak needs more time whilst the player has been insisting for weeks he’s ready to play.

And the legendary striker – speaking exclusively to ClaretandHugh said: “There was no medical staff in the world who would ever tell me whether I was ready or not – I KNEW… just as most players do and if Sakho says he’s ready, he’s ready. Slaven has to believe him!

“He has to say bollocks to the medical staff and let the boy loose. He’s the best striker in the club by a distance. He’s got the lot: pace, movement and scores goals. In these circumstances he’s needed like never before.”

Macca admits that at the moment every game has become a Cup Final and has a draining effect on the players but it’s them that he holds responsible for the current difficulties.

“You can have a pop at the board, the manager, the tea lady… whoever, but it’s the players who aren’t doing it and tonight they have to stand up and really perform because there’s no better time to be playing Arsenal.

“That lot are in total disarray with – as far as I can see – players who don’t want to play for the manager. I looked at Theo Walcott when he was subbed – his glare at the manager told you everything about the dressing room attitude towards Arsene Wenger.

“Beyond that their defence is a nightmare – a bit like ours, so expect goals and I really won’t be surprised if we go there and beat them. Manchester City battered them and could have won by five.

“We will get our chances and have to take them. Arsenal are very beatable tonight and were we to get that things will take off big time for the Irons.”





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3 comments on “McAvennie: Slav must defy medics on Sakho

  1. Totally agree with these comments have been a fan for 58 years West Ham have a history of losing to poor teams but beating good teams I used to think it was because the good teams allow West Ham to play football where as lower placed teams tend to scrap more for he ball & West Ham have never been good at that & the problem is still there they do not perform well under pressure, it is up to the manager to get them to perform.

  2. At last someone says it. Take a chance. Sakho wants to play, he’s champing at the bit to get on the park & play the last 15 to 20 minutes. A spark can light a forest fire & how many games have been won in the last 15 minutes? Plenty. Sakho knows his body better than anyone & sooner or later we gotta’ take chances. Now seems a good time. Give him a run Bilic. We need him, time to put the cards on the table.

  3. Been saying it forever ; it’s down to Bilic to get them sorted . If he can’t , then well it should be Goodbye . Sounds Harsh , sorry .
    Tired of being yoyo’s . Tonight will be / is crunch time .
    I have been accused of being Pessimistic ect ect but , really it needs sorting .
    Been a supporter too long to listen to people who are happy to see us just existing .
    New Stadium , New Manager & Medical staff , new owners , new hopes and promised ambitions . Been there , smelt it and felt it .
    It’s time for West Ham to stand up and deliver . …. I still think we will just about get away with it this season but , next season will be our massive test . Still question Bilic and that is a thing i cannot deny or won’t .

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