Wednesday, January 2

Hammers in the Heart 2018 awards

Happy new year to all readers of Hammers in The Heart and let's hope we get started with a win over Brighton tonight. Meanwhile here are my awards for 2018:

BEST GOAL: Felipe Anderson's delicately chipped effort into the top corner against Palace and for importance, Mark Noble's great volley at Leicester that secured PL status. Also enjoyed Arnie's equaliser at the Emirates in the 1-4 defeat and his shot straight through Jordan Pickford against Everton.

BEST SAVE: Lucasz Fabianski made a fantastic low stop to deny Fellaini's header against Man United. 

CALAMITY JAMES MEMORIAL AWARD: To Joe Hart, for the spill that lead to Burnley's third goal in the 3-0 home defeat.

BEST SIGNING: Anderson was expensive but is starting to look like the Di Canio/Payet-style talisman we need. While for sheer value for money, Balbuena was tremendously cheap at £3.5 million and Fabianski has proved a bargain at £7m.

WORST SIGNING: A lot of competition in this category. WHU spent £10m on Jordan Hugill and then gave him 20 minutes on the pitch before loaning him out. Patrice Evra was a decade past his best and Jack Wilshere has proved to be injury-prone — who knew?

BEST MOMENT OF PARANOIA: Marko Arnautovic's declaration after his goal against Watford: "I'm surprised some people don't like me. I think I have a good heart, so they should like me!"

MOST PROMISING YOUNGSTER: Has to be Declan Rice, who plays like a 30-year-old and has excelled both in defence and midfield. While Grady Diangana has played without fear and looks a real prospect.

BEST CORNER FLAG REMOVAL: From that bloke on the pitch against Burnley.


LEAST CO-OPERATIVE LANDLORD: This goes to the LLDC for persistent legal battles with its anchor tenant and arguing forever over our claret carpet.

BEST COMEBACK: Robert Snodgrass has overcome ridicule from his own chairman and a season's loan at Aston Villa to work tremendously hard and become a cult hero.

BEST HALF AND HALF SCARF: Declan Rice wins this for his England/Ireland neckgear.

MOST PROMISING STEWARD: Mark Noble showed great potential with his efforts to carry off the Herberts on the pitch against Burnley.

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