Ever since West Ham United hosted and received Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground on February 8, there has been a debate and discussion going on between Sam Allardyce and Louis van Gaal. The coach of West Ham United, Sam Allardyce stated that his team couldn’t maintain the lead they had due to the ‘’long ball’’ tactics that Manchester United was utilizing during the match.
Louis van Gaal responded to this comment by displaying a 4 page report which had details and statistics concerning everything that happened during the match.
After taking only one win in the last four matches, West Ham may have slipped from the lofty top four places recently, but that has not prevented Sam Allardyce from aiming a victory when his team take on Arsenal at Upton Park.
The hammers have improved massively compared to last season. They now boast an impressive strikeforce which is more than capable of troubling any defence on its day. Defending has been a major issue for West Ham’s next opponents, Arsenal. Despite possessing German star Per Mertesacker, they have struggled to have an authority in defence.
The Premier League club West Ham United is known for having a rather unique anthem which narrates fans of the club blowing bubbles up in the sky and just like their dreams, before reaching the sky they fade away and die.
There are fans that want the anthem to be changed as it does not project a very successful or positive image towards the club with their dreams fading away, it’s not something that anybody wants to hear or actually happen to them.
West Ham continued their impressive start to the season after managing a 2-1 win over champions Manchester City at Upton Park. The team came under pressure last season due to the dour football that was being played. Manager Sam Allardyce promised a lot of changes this season and he has stayed true to his word in the opening few months of this campaign. New signings like Valencia and Sakho have been influential this campaign, while Morgan Amalfitano continued his goalscoring run against the top teams.
Sam Allardyce has begun the mind games ahead of West Ham’s home match against Liverpool by saying that he is extremely happy to know that his team will not have to face the deadly Luis Suarez, who has been sold to Barcelona. The 27-year-old departed to the Spanish club for a fee of £ 75 million. He was the top marksman in the Premier league last season after scoring more than 30 goals. This led to the striker lifting the PFA Player of the Year award. In the absence of their star asset, Liverpool have been looking less convincing in the attack.
The manager of Wigan Athletic, Uwe Rosler, has said that he has to sign a couple of more players to get his team completed for the upcoming season.
Rosler has already secured the services of as many as 6 players this summer. Five of them are the permanent signings, while, the remaining one i.e. Emyr Huws is a loan signing.
Wigan had a chance to get promoted to the league last season as they had qualified for the Championship playoffs, but, they faltered a little bit in that round and had to stay in the second tier only.
West Ham have been one of the active clubs in this transfer window as they have signed several players even before the start of the proper pre-season. Sam Allardyce is expected to play a more attacking style of football in the upcoming season. In order to facilitate this, the club has been bringing in several new players to the squad. Aaron Cresswell is one of the latest additions after the young right back has joined the club for around £ 3.5 million. He joins from Ipswich, who will be able to receive close to £ 7 million depending upon future performances of the player.
There was once a time when the Frenchman M'Baye Niang was hailed to be as one of the most promising stars of the Serie A as he became the second youngest goal-scorer in the history of the Italian club to score when Niang was 17 years and 350 days old during a Coppa Italia match against Reggina.
Sam Allardyce’s future at West Ham has been looking increasingly bleak the last few weeks after a large section of fans have been turning against him for the style of football at the club. Allardyce is a manager who puts results in front of performances. As a result, West Ham have been able to not only get promoted under his leadership but also stay in the Premier league as well. West Ham, though, have traditionally playing attacking beautiful football. It seems to have been spoilt in the Allardyce.
2 penalty kicks from Steven Gerrard gave Liverpool a controversial 2-1 triumph victory over West Ham and even though the match was played a few days ago, there still are complaints and criticism being made involving some of the decision that were committed in the match.
During West Ham’s match against Liverpool, Gerrard was awarded with a penalty kick at the 44th minute and the veteran midfielder made no mistake in firing it home but Sam Allardyce and his players responded a few minutes later with Guy Demel as he got the ball into the net of Simon Mignolet.