Zabboh-lettoh Signs for West Ham- Happy?

claret and blues west ham gavThirty Two years old. Is that the kind of age we should be signing players at?

Just provoking a response by that single line really.

West Ham football club. Get the name right mate! – Only joshin’ – I guess coming from that particular club the word United doesn’t come easily to the lips. Personally I feel like his ethic will fit well and that he can help bring through some younger talent at our our proud football club. Interview here http://www.whufc.com/news/articles/2017/may/26-may/west-ham-united-sign-argentina-star-pablo-zabaleta .

As for songs for bearing his name – any early suggestions?

On a serious note – Argentinian defenders have got the kind of steely, robust, combative style that works well in the Premier League. If he brings a bit of that then I’m sure that Byram, Cresswell and Masuaku can learn a lot from him

Some career stats: –

Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 San Lorenzo 66 (8)
2005–2008 Espanyol 79 (3)
2008–2017 Manchester City 230 (9)
2003–2005 Argentina U20 28 (4)
2008 Argentina U23 9 (0)
2005– Argentina 58 (0)

And this from my younger brother who knows a thing or two about Citeh…

“As I said to others, he is a defender, winger, midfield. and attacker.. he’s tremendous. City fans have not enjoyed letting him go at all.”

So there you go.

Summer clear-out begins to make way for ‘Quality’ additions

claret and blues west ham gavVery quick post to open the forum for discussion about the announcement that Arbeloa, Calleri and Tore are leaving the club to make way for ‘Quality’ additions to the first team squad. No massive surprises for me. We could do with one or two others to join them IMO.

As previously referenced Matt, Dave, Graham and I will only be posting about what actually happens in the transfer window. This is the first bit of confirmed activity so please feel free to discuss the departures here.

 

Threadbare West Ham end a season of more lows than highs on a positive

claret and blues west ham gavDidn’t catch the first five minutes of this one but, from what I could gather, Burnley started the better side. Up until their goal they bossed midfield and created more than we did. After their goal, however, we seemed to come to life and carved out some really good chances.

The first West Ham goal was a joy to watch. Ayew drew a free kick as he took on three Burnley players which was taken quickly. Lanzini fed the excellent Fernandes who threaded a ball through to Ayew on the edge of the box. From start to finish the ball came through the middle like a knife through butter until it reached Ayew who, with his back to goal, flicked a beautiful ball in to the path of Feghouli. A really smart finish from the Algerian brought the, ever superb, travelling fans to their feet. Lovely play in the true West Ham Way – reminded me of days gone bye when some of the best teams to grace the famous Claret & Blue plied their trade.

Referee Madley didn’t seem to give us the rub in the same way he did with the two penalties a couple of seasons ago. I thought that Westwood was lucky to stay on the pitch and there were a few occasions when decisions went the opposite way to, what seemed at the time, the obvious. In the end it didn’t matter a jot as West Ham were, once again, the better side despite the decimated squad taken up to Turf Moor.