Oxford defeat puts midfielders on danger list


West Ham’s bench will come under close examination from the boss ahead of the game against Bournemouth tomorrow( Sat).

The events of Wednesday night have left a bitter taste in his and the backroom team’s mouth after watching the performances of tried and tested squad members.

Whilst there wasn’t a decent performance from any Hammer, one or two  particularly disappointed – notably Robert Snodgrass and  Jack Wilshere, while Albian Ajeti – playing just his second game for the first team failed to impress.

With no other striker option available the Swiss international  may hold onto his place but the Scot – after failing to impress this season – may find himself rested.

Pellegrini was of course deeply disappointed at the performances of the team and will of course return to his strongest Xl for a match at Bournemouth which now becomes a real test of character for the squad.

A bubble of hope and optimism has been  burst during the events of the Oxford United game and the manager is determined that another defeat is simply unacceptable at this point.

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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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  • Ajay says:

    Ajeti is a player in the Hernandez mould and our current style simply doesn’t suit his game.
    Maybe, given the type of game that Haller plays, it is worth trying Ajeti alongside in a 4 4 2 or even a 3 5 2.
    Theoretically the two different styles fit together nicely and, given time to gel, would benefit all.

  • Jamie says:

    Wilshere isnt worth 50 k a week… would rather cullen

    • Hammer580 says:

      Not sure I agree with your negative comments about “The Scot” failing to impress. Snods is a workhorse and always gives his ALL for the team. He may not be the most talented or technically gifted player but he is miles ahead of Sanchez. I have faith in him AND Pelligrini. COYI ⚒⚒

  • Simon says:

    Lots of times I wonder if the manager and his staff see or note the things which concern the supporters … i.e. weak 2nd string midfielders… and centre-backs, wing backs and goal keepers. Sadly the 2nd stringers have proven they are clearly not Premier League standard. Not even 2nd Div standard. Only hope this is clear to Pelligrini and these players so that correct improvements can be made. Coyi. God bless West Ham.

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    A lot of people seemed to think Holland showed some bright moments, Ajeti and Fornals are new will give them the whole season if needs be, Sanchez like Yarmolenko missed most of last season although tbh have not seen anything in his career before that fills me with confidence he is more than a reserve player. Would love to see us but a genuine ball winning midfielder that could make Lampard like runs in behind and also had the ability to spot a pass.

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