Saturday, August 15

A week is a long time in football

Back in London after a week in the Lake District ready to see the Happy Hammers take on Leicester. Thought it might be a quiet week after the stunning win at the Emirates, but not so. Firstly West Ham  tried to sign Joey Barton but the move collapsed after a fan revolt. Barton would have been more of a Sam Allardyce type-signing, trying to eke extra value out of a reformed bad boy; not a bad player, but can't see he'd be better than what we have. Though would have paid good money to see him trying to discuss Nietzche with Julian Dicks.

Meanwhile the Sun and Daily Mail reported that Diafra Sakho had been arrested at his home in Hornchurch on suspicion of an alleged assault on a woman, criminal damage and malicious communication. He's innocent until proven guilty, but clearly not the sort of thing we want associated with our club. The Standard reported that Morgan Amalfitano had been outcast to train with the kids after a bust-up with Slaven Bilic and the same paper also claimed that Rob Green might be coming back to Upton Park to provide competition for Adrian. Phew.

Bilic is right to point out the dangers of complacency after the win at Arsenal, but already we can see differences from Big Sam. Allardyce deserves credit for the defensive resilience he instilled at the club which was evident at the Emirates, but Bilic is clearly not scared of playing kids like Reece Oxford or flair players like Mauro Zarate. It was a much more fluid passing game from the midfield and at times we were actually out-passing Arsenal in midfield. Now we have to capitalise on two home games in a row which will set the tone for our season…

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