So here we are less than two weeks before the big kick-off and the big question is what will this season bring us?! Last season for the first time in lord knows how long we had a fairly non-event season, finishing in a nice mid-table position, however, after the previous few seasons of turmoil I think we can all agree that this was just what the doctor ordered?!
So here I go with what I think may happen to West Ham United this season (please note some of this may be a bit tongue and cheek!)
The Long Ball Label
While Sam Allardyce remains in charge, this simply will not go away and with Tony Pulis leaving Stoke City we may rather frustratingly be labelled with it even further. With Andy Carroll becoming our marque signing the press will simply pick up on this being how we plan to set out for the season, which I think is unfair as a certain “Special One” certainly used Drogba as a focal point in his previous spell at that club in West London!
We played some good stuff at the Boleyn last season but the away form and style of play was dire and I really hope Allardyce will address this, but I fear not. If we run into a poor patch of form or if the home form takes a turn for the worst then I expect the long ball arguments to really intensify.
The Injury Crisis
Despite having Allardyce at the helm with all his medical science expertise, we will without doubt still suffer our annual crisis in this department! Andy Carroll was injured before he signed and his fitness is obviously a major concern. Hopefully Kevin Nolan will keep him out the Essex nightclubs, however, our captains fitness left a lot to be desired last season and I understand he may have been to Ibiza on 3 separate occasions this summer, so lets keep an eye on that one come the Cardiff game!
Our squad is thin on quality numbers, therefore we could do with a break on the injury front this season, so fingers crossed everyone!
The Olympic Stadium
Not going to go away is it?! I’m bored feckless with it all to be honest, but it will be a recurring story throughout the season. Barry Hearn keeps piping up, imagine he just wants some money out of us rather than looking out for the Orient fans!
The fans are still split on the move, must admit I remain 50/50 on the whole thing. I think Gold and Sullivan need to a bit more open with the fans on the subject. I know that there was a survey last season, but the question, in my and my friends opinions, were poor. Therefore I hope to see an open meeting between fans and the board on this matter, we need to be all singing from the same hymn sheet as at the moment the matter is as clear as Simon Cowell’s love life!
The 1st Team squads Barnets!
Now this is very important matter for me! There is plenty of potential on the barnet front, obviously Andy Carroll brings back fond memories of Ian Bishop and his flowing locks!
I was disappointed to see Ricardo Vaz Te chop of his Carlton Banks locks last season, I hope these make a return at some point during the season as it may see his form return. Kevin Nolan was trying for the TOWIE look last season, I can only hope Allardyce has had a word here, as this will not do for the Captain of West Ham United! Hopefully Joe Cole will grow his hair, he looks a convict with it all cropped, lets have a return to his mop top days from his 1st spell at the club!
However, the real icing on the cake would be if the Allardyce moustache returned! There has not been a good tash at the club since Trevor Morley in the early 90’s!!
Anyhow back to more serious matters! I like to think that relegation will not be an issue, however, the lack of numbers in the squad and a big injury to Andy Carroll, could change my mind in this department. I have said in previous articles that I believe will tick along in mid-table for the next couple of seasons in the lead up to the big move to the Olympic Stadium and I believe this will remain the case.
A cup run will be nice, but this is not in the Allardyce blueprint, which I find very frustrating, given that we are never going to compete for the top 4. I don’t want to be a club just making up the numbers in the Premier League.
So in conclusion;
Final Position 9th
Top scorer Andy Carroll
Breakthrough Ravel Morrison (PLEASE!!!)
Cup runs Nah!!!
Up the Hammers………