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Tinkerman Pelle ignored “fully fit” Ogbonna and Fredericks

Angelo Ogbonna’s absence from the team came as a surprise to many after a series of good performances over recent weeks.

Even against Everton he came out with some credit so the return of Fabian Balbuena raised speculation that the central defender may have been carrying an injury – along with Ryan Fredericks.

ClaretandHugh has been told however that neither of them, along with the others that were left out of the starting line-up following the Goodison debacle, were unfit for action and that the changes were made solely on the manager’s discretion.

It confirms the growing belief among Hammers fans that Manuel Pellegrini has become something of a ‘Tinkerman’ with all the dangers that policy often brings with it.

Oggy – and perhaps Fredericks – may have cause to feel disappointment at their exclusion from the side despite reasonable performances from their replacements Balbuena and Pablo Zabaleta.

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His decision too in bringing off the highly effective Felipe Anderson and Robert Snodgrass als raised many eyebrows.

Our source confirmed by e mail: “Nether Ogbonna or Fredericks were injured -it was purely down to the manager’s choices on the day. They were fully fit”

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4 comments on “Tinkerman Pelle ignored “fully fit” Ogbonna and Fredericks

  1. Both Zabaleta and Balbuena performed with distinction for us last season and neither have had much game time this term, so there’s nothing wrong with giving Ogbonna and Fredericks a rest. If our ‘squad players’ never get a game, some would be complaining when we DO need to play them through injury or suspension to our first choices. A game against Sheffield Utd is not like putting them in cold against Liverpool or Leicester! And both Zaba and Balbuena did OK. Please note – I do not subscribe to giving starts to Sanchez or Wilshere under the same reasoning, however, as these two are not much good …

    Thought Anderson was looking dangerous and Snodgrass was totally involved – can’t see why they were substituted. They could have just made that final difference in the end. Shame Holland is not deemed worth a try against Prem newcomers like Sheffield Utd. They played alright, I thought, and overall were probably worth a point. Still, only 27 points to go! COYI

  2. You are losing the plot mate.we not won a few games and it’s all silly headlines like a red top newspaper .our source said.. Oh .give us a break if in any in another 10 games we still not won and we looking like Southampton or Watford you may have a point but seriously all the talk of top 4 after a few early wins to this …fickle at best

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