Saturday, August 10

Europe's elite come to Upton Park?

Mystic Matt points out some rather over-zealous marketing from WHU for today's friendly against Pacos de Ferreira. He writes:

We were persuaded by the West Ham website's promise that "Europe's elite come to the Boleyn" to book for Saturday's friendly. Imagine our surprise when we discovered that, rather than Barca or Bayern Munich, it was a team from somewhere near Porto that is so obscure that even anoraks with a working knowledge of the Faroe Islands  and Uzbekistan leagues have never heard of them. Still, on the plus side, the crowd is likely to be so small as to all be able to fit into Ken's without causing Carol to have a breakdown. And it is nearer than Flensburg (although the part-time Mayor's Tube and rail closures actually make it harder to get to).

Meanwhile we're reviving our interest in Stuart Downing, which seems strange when Matt Jarvis was a £9m  signing. Are we going to pay £5m for a reserve left winger? Or does Sam plan to play Jarvis and Downing together? Surely a striker is still the priority. Meanwhile Anton Ferdinand has been freed by QPR on the day Rio celebrates ten years at Man United. Looked a decent player under Curbishley. At 28 can he revive his career? Quite a comedown for Anton.

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