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West Ham have big decision on seven players and manager

Seven West Ham players and the manager have just 36 weeks left on their Hammers contracts which all expire in June 2021

Those players are Łukasz Fabiański, David Martin, Fablian Balbuena, Mark Noble, Robert Snodgrass, Craig Dawson and Michail Antonio

The club holds one or two-year options on several of them but the crunch time is coming on which players will have options exercised, which ones will be offered new contracts and which ones will be allowed to run down their contracts and leave in the summer.

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The club usually looks at contracts in December in time for January and that will include David Moyes whose 18-month contract also expires in June next year.

While Michail Antonio, Robert Snodgrass and Łukasz Fabiański look odds on for extended deals there are question marks over Mark Noble and Fabian Balbuena extensions . It will also be surprising if David Martin are offered anything or whether the club exercise Craig Dawson’s option to buy his one year loan.

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20 comments on “West Ham have big decision on seven players and manager

  1. Wow, writing off 36 mill on Anderson that’s gonna be a big hit

  2. I agree, Snodgrass, Fabianski and Antonio for sure. Release Anderson and Noble who don’t have the legs for the Premier League. Balbuena I think deserves a run to build his confidence and then decide. I don’t see Moyes as a manager who can take us to the next level. He would still be playing Noble and losing if he hadn’t got injured. Bring in a young progressive manager who has more positive thinking.

    • Staggering that anyone could suggest dumping Moyes after the improvements we have seen twice in his time with us. Such a decision would make us the laughing stock of the league

      • As well as reading nonsense comments like that, I have also read quite a few “supporters” saying that Moyes is ok for the time being…
        Spot on, STAGGERING beyond belief.

  3. You got Felipe Anderson´s contract wrong. He agreed with a four year contract that will end in 2022…

  4. No way Anderson walks for nothing.

    He’s been talking about coming back to us stronger so that doesn’t sound like someone in the last year of his contract who can sign a pre-contract in January.

    They for sure will exercise the clause if it is June 2021 and extend if only to sell for a fee.

  5. Rowelly, It would be business insanity to let Anderson go on a free! He’s probably still worth about £25m – the club will (I would hope) offer him a deal on the basis that he’s sold.

  6. Spot on Rowelly. Awful decision to make about Anderson but he is one of the top earners and will not be featuring in the team . No point in him being out on loan indefinitely so best to cut our loses and learn from the mistakes that the Brady bunch have instigated .

  7. Łukasz Fabiański, Michail Antonio & Felipe Anderson to be retained with the latter transfered out if return of first season form not possible?

    Snodgrass & Balbuena to be transfered out, simply not good enough for PL.
    Martin & Noble must retire, well past it.

    Not convinced despite recent results Moyes can take this team to the next level because tactics & substitutions usually poor.

  8. Who did this research

    Anderson had a 4 year contract from 2018, so 2022

  9. Definitely extend for Fabianski and Antonio, not the others. Nobes and Snoddy are winding down after great careers. Nobes needs to go on the training staff. Snoddy could still do well at a lower level, so could Balbuena. Moyes has been operating in a mad house. He’s got his career back on course and done okay. Has he set the place alight? No. But he’s the best option under this ownership. I think they’ll extend for him until they sell up in 2023. Then we can get going.

  10. I agree with most on the players to renew – I think that decisions on Noble and Snoddy can wait until the end of the season to see how everyone feels – neither is likely to rush out and sign a pre-contract agreement with a Champions League team

    However I am amazed at the luke warm response to Moyes – he has now saved us from relegation twice – gives youngsters a chance, helps players become better and the players seem to like him

    Who is this mysterious manager who wants to take us to the next level? Pochettino (waiting for the next Man Utd crisis)?

    Moyes has done a great job and was prepared to come back after the shabby way that he was treated the first time IMHO it is time for a period of stability with a manager who is around for about 5 seasons – and I believe that Moyes is the man for that job

    • I agree – Moyes and his staff have done a fine job in difficult circumstances. Maybe there are armchair tacticians and directors of football who are willing to point out his shortcomings, but he comes across to me as a knowledgeable, honest football man who has more integrity than some others involved in the running of the club. As I mentioned on another post, the team spirit Moyes and his staff have developed among the players will gain us more points this season. The players are starting to look like a real squad who are in it together, unlike under Pellegrini. When Moyes eventually leaves our club, he will leave it in a better state than when he arrived, I have no doubt. I hope he’s around for the long haul. Moyes may not win us the league, but not even the great Ron Greenwood or John Lyall could manage that.

    • Thank you.
      Moyes is the best we have had in recent memory.

      I would like to see fans purchase shares so their fortunes parallel the club’s. Who would they pay for? What players would they reach into their wallets to buy?
      Tier 3, here we come.

  11. Im embarrassed how quickly people are writing off Noble not getting at least another year or two… Noble is Mr Westham and even though hes getting on he still has alot to offer in regards to being a squad player and a leader in the dressing room . I agree his days as a first team starter are over but sending him as a late sub on to wrap up games and using him in the cup would make sense. He deserves to be able to see out his playing career for us after all those years of service to the club. COYI !

    • i agree @ Aykay
      i seen some stuff on here that shudders in disbelief about people knocking Noble also Snodgrass come to that they are descent squad players who will still give a service to the club. why oh why do people knock experienced players who do still have a lot to offer and also we are not a big squad so why?
      As so many have said Mr Moyes also got us out of the mire TWICE with other peoples mess and still instilled a professional team and training standards to which is now showing the fruits.

  12. Nobes deserves to be kept on one year more maybe two, but to be honest he must realise the writing is on the wall now at this level. If he wants to play week in week out still he will have to consider dropping down a league or two. Nobes would still make a good captain of a team like Charlton or Ipswich for instance. Fabianski will be 36 next season, maybe he can carry on another year or two as a goalkeeper but we would do well to be looking at a long term replacement. Shoddy isa other one who at 33 would probably do better to go to a championship club if he wants to still play every week.
    As for Moyes, he has already done enough to convince me he should be awarded a longer contract. I can’t believe there are still people coming out with the next level rubbish, wanting rich owners and expensive foreign managers. I couldn’t care less about all that. It’s all plastic to me. I’d rather stick with the proud British Bulldog spirit that we’ve got going right now. Win lose or draw I just want to be entertained and see fighting spirit and that’s what I’m seeing at the moment under Moyes and long may it continue.

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