West Ham need to become an attacking side


Hammers need to become an attacking side

West Ham need to become an attacking side – end of!

Here we are on Christmas Eve – and have a great one everybody – sitting in sixth place and in the last 16 of the Europa Cup. As the saying goes: If you had offered me that a month ago I’d have taken it. The wins over Wolves and Manchester United were very different in style but both demonstrated the attacking options we now have available to us which really should end this ultra defensive policy we have adopted for most of the season. It’s not as though it worked too well against the likes of Liverpool and Fulham.

West Ham need to become an attacking side

Next up it’s Arsenal on the 28th and much as I would like to believe another three points is on the cards I just can’t tip a win. Brighton on the 28th looks a different proposition however and having broken our bogey¬†side early in the season a double is on the cards.

With options in Bowen, Paqueta and Kudus’ versatility to fill central and wide positions we can break through far more regularly from open play these days and Alvarez joining in with some assists of his own we really do perhaps need to start pressing teams a lot more. I can’t see it happening against Arsenal but Brighton maybe.

One thing is certain for me though. Having seen the way se performed against Spurs in the second half and against Wolves there is only one way for this team to play over the rest of the season.


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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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  • johnham1 says:

    100% agree.. We need to be more even offensive. I was so impressed with WP’s work rate yesterday. I’d like to see him in the middle with Alvarez instead of Soucek. Soucek is simply offering nothing in terms of playing progressive attacking football. I believe we have 3 outstanding forwards in Bowen, Kudus and Paqueta who could also drop deeper if needed. I would really like us to sign a top left winger to complimant this forward line and it makes perfect sense with Kudus going to Afcon too. We do not need to sign a striker in this window but perhaps in the summer. If the club are serious about pushing on in the second half of the season we need to sign a LW. We also need to use Fornals more as he is pure class. With Emerson playing so much it would also make sense to sign a quality LB who could also cover at LCB when Aguerd is on Afcon too. I believe these two signings in this window and off loading 2-3 players too like Ings, Benrahma, Cressie, Johnson would be a great window. We have seen signing quality no matter the cost is the way forward. Thats all us fans want is progressive, attack minded performances, with the quality of players we have it will guarantee wins.

  • hammerpete6 says:

    Totally agree Hughie we are going back to the future when we were primarily an attacking club side, wingers et al. Tim seems to have turned us round by signing the Ajax players after Paqueta, and the signing of JEP has also been a step forward. I would like us to be trying Cornet out wide left. Paqueta has brought out Emerson’s flair, and with Kudus Paqueta and Bowen we don’t need to sign a CF. Bring on Mubama and Marshall through the squad. I also like Kehrer, just want Moyes to be more inclusive with the bench, at least three subs per game with at least 15 minutes play. Think 1986 I say!

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