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09 Nov 2018 13:25:18
Not sure about everyone else, but i see our game vs Huddersfield as one of the biggest so far this season. We are in a long run of games now (Man City aside) that feasibly we can go into each game with realistic ambitions of winning. If we are to improve then we need to:
- start winning more games vs the teams around us or below us. Since Chelsea we have outplayed every team we have played in the league yet only won 2 of those games.
- Win back to back games again. Not since January 2017, or 665 days, have we won back to back PL games. This would be a big boost for confidence.
Huddersfield are their for the taking at the moment, and we really should beat them on their form so far. They will also be without Billing, who IMO is one of their most influential players alongside Mooy.
We have a really good chance to get 6 out of 6 points tomorrow, and the team can demonstrate how they have improved and set us clear above the relegation teams. Man City after that followed by NEW, CAR, CYP, FUL means we could really build momentum and put points on the board. COYI.

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1.) 09 Nov 2018 19:19:52
We have as good a run in to Xmas as any other team in the Prem. This is the time to get points in the bank.


 

 

01 Oct 2018 18:48:15
We got just 7 points from the top 6 last year. Already have 4 so far this season, and should have had more vs Arsenal. I did a points forecast on our remaining matches and got to 50 points, thought i was being realistic. Interestingly i gave us just 2 points vs the top 6 (i gave us zero vs UTD) .
The majority of our points came from home games vs teams 7th and below. Oddly, I gave us just 2 more wins away from home, so maybe i was a bit optimistic for our home form LOL and pessimistic abut our away form.
What points total do people think is a good target for this year?

Id be very happy with 50 or more, that gets you a solid league position usually (7th the last 2 seasons) . If we could match the 62 points Bilic got in the final Upton Park year then that would be incredible. Interestingly, Chelsea got 50 points the season before they won it in 16/ 17. Klopp's Liverpool got 60pts in his first season.

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1.) 02 Oct 2018 06:27:23
For me, in many ways, it’s goal difference. I want us to play attractive football, as we did v MU, and end up with a positive goal difference. That would do for me in Pelle’s first season.


2.) 02 Oct 2018 16:16:32
I got 59 and was being pessimistic *but* injuries happen etc. I also put a wee bet on a top six finish as reckon it may be in reach (especially if Man Utd continue to implode)


3.) 03 Oct 2018 07:37:09
Glen1540, I had a dabble as well before the season started, I got rather carried away when I looked at the odds from various bookies, especially with our £100m signings, I had a bet on winning the Premiership title at 500-1😂😂 and put a bit extra on a top 4 finish at 50-1 as I thought that could be a possibility at the time 😂😂 top six at the time wasn’t worth bothering with at about 12-1 as maybe even the bookies thought some minor miracle might happen for a top 6 finish. ⚒⚒⚒⚒.


 

 

20 Sep 2018 14:36:33
What does everyone think about our game VS Chelsea?
There is a lot of hype about them given they are top and Hazard has scored a hatrick, but who have they played?
Huddersfield (A) - whipping boys this season and serious relegation candidates
Arsenal (H) - Very vulnerable ATM, even we should have beaten them were it not for a lucky deflection
Newcastle (A) - Very poor - Likely relegation battle on the cards for them again this year
Bmouth (H) - Bmouth cannot win games away from home vs top 6, and have LOST 10 out of 13 vs Chelsea
Cardiff (H) - the other whipping boys this season and serious relegation candidates
As a run of games goes, they have had the easiest start to the league than anyone. They are a great team don't get me wrong, but they are not in the same ballpark as City or Liverpool. I think we can cause a shock if we improve on last week! COYI.

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1.) 20 Sep 2018 15:55:05
Nick, good point you make about the opposition, however you still have to beat the lesser teams which isn’t always that easy as they see the likes of Chelsea and others in the top6 bracket as a bit of a scalp and can try that much harder? However I think as you do that we can upset them on Sunday and it wouldn’t surprise me but it is a big ask! If we can put in the type of performance as we did at Everton and maybe a bit more, we could pull off a surprise, but they have a lot of talent to contain up front, but they only have the same amount of players as us, as long as it stays that way for 90 minutes🌞⚒⚒⚒.


2.) 21 Sep 2018 08:24:41
For me, if we contain Hazard, it removes at least 50% of their threat. I would play the same starting XI as last week, with an eye on Noble for pace, ready to put Sanchez on if needed.
Our defence seems much, much tighter with The Diop/ Balbuena partnership beginning to flourish - really well protected by a deep sitting Rice. Our three up front are a handful for any team, if they get decent midfield service. Perhaps Obiang might well be our key man this match. If he can grab the midfield by the scruff, we could win.


 

 

05 Sep 2018 15:46:23
Does anyone know WHY Yarmolenko has not started for us yet?
His last game for Ukraine was back in June and he scored 2 and assisted 2, playing 90 mins! I will try and watch their game on Thursday.
Id be starting him or Perez ahead of Antonio. In fact i would drop Antonio altogether on his last performance and bring Holland onto the bench.

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1.) 05 Sep 2018 18:02:40
He has been largely ineffective and is very over rated on his showings so far a bit like Avram Pellegrini. IRONMIKE.


2.) 05 Sep 2018 23:30:12
The Germans were very happy to unload him as he hasn’t adapted outside Ukraine and the Ukrainians are now talking about him going home in January. Don’t know if that will happen but it is here he is as a player.


3.) 06 Sep 2018 12:33:36
I'd have to agree. Sell Antonio and I'd try Yarmolenko, and Arnautovic with Perez in the middle up front with Anderson behind him. I'd murder our fullbacks and get new one's because that's where we are and have been weak for years. Every solid defence has good full backs and ours are rubbish.


4.) 07 Sep 2018 09:50:27
Sorry guys but I like Antonio, before he got badly injured he scored a few goals for us and knows where the goal is, not sure our other current midfielders do. Didn't he get picked for England then? Against Wolves he had a couple of chances, one was a good header if I remember as opposed to Snodgrass who I am sure shuts his eyes when he heads the ball.


5.) 07 Sep 2018 11:36:11
Iv always liked Antonio, but i don't think he suits MP's style of game. You are right that he has goals in him, but he has not got the technical or tactical ability to be starting games for me. He gives the ball away a lot, and i'm sure other players leave him to it when he goes on his charging runs anticipating he will loose the ball eventually or fail to put in a good final ball. Other players are much more willing to make runs for you when you can deliver quality more consistently, remember the movement when Payet got on the ball :) I feel he pulls it off 1/ 5 times at best, and most likely that is the time other players have stopped their run.
The strengths in his game suggest to me that he should be given a chance up front down the middle where he can physically terrorise centre backs, not technically good enough for the wide midfielder role. Useful player though when the counter attack is your only outlet.


6.) 10 Sep 2018 01:42:01
If you saw the Ukraine game you would see why Yarmolenko isn’t starting. At best you would say he is completely unfit. At worst he could be another’s Boogers.


 

 

03 Jan 2014 15:47:30
I have always backed Sam (despite not preferring his style) but I would not be too disappointed any more to see him leave early in the January window, providing and adequate replacement is available. Whatever is to be done though needs to be done in the next week so that whoever comes in has time. And if Sam stays then we have to get behind the team. Negative attitudes spread just as quickly as positive ones, so as the 12th man us fans need to get behind the team no matter what.

What is an interesting thought is that if this were any other manager in charge at the moment, and BFS was a free agent, I think a lot of fans would recommend him as the man to get us out of this situation. He has a good record so, if he stays, I hope he can pull it off, no matter how ugly it gets.

One thing is for sure though, I have not liked Sam's approach to games this season at all. I know he has had injury problems that have made things harder. But he was quick to point the finger at his strikers, and then played tactics that made it as hard as possible for them to score by putting 11 men behind the ball with almost no chance of playing out of defence. If we have such a good defence then why do we sit back and defend, surely they are good enough for us to push up a little higher and let our midfield and strikers play football and try and score. Strikers are confidence players after all so a positive attitude/tactic is needed in order for them to turn things around, and parking the bus against teams like Fulham and Sunderland is far from positive, that is what teams do against Barcelona. Shambles!

Things need to change now though because from the end of March our last 8 games include Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal, Man City and Totenham which I can't see us getting much from at all (unless we sign Messi and Ronaldo).

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1.) Nickinho
im sure you would agree you play to your strengths,
now to leave us with no decent striker cover from the the the start of the season and his refusal to adopt a 442 with cole and maiga upfront says eveything to me.
I don't like bfs style but he has ground out results in the past.
but by the time ac is back we will be bottom.
if he is back match fit by feb il be surprised we need someone who can change our stlye of play.
also ac ain't a prolific goal scorer 7/8 goals last season.
if i'm honest we look fkd under sam and if we do change it will be to late
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LOOK AT HOW MANY TIMES G/S TOOK BIRMINGHAM DOWN SERIAL OFFENDERS can't make good decision under pressure


2.) I certainly agree that not leaving adequate cover for Andy is unforgivable. And when we knew there was no adequate cover, to then not change the style is also unforgivable and says a lot about Sam. He has also played players like Diame out of position far too much this season. He is wasted out on the wing and doesn't look bothered there, and we have young players in the development squad who would play their heart out given the chance. I would not be surprised to see Diame go soon unfortunately.
I do sympathize with Sam and the owners though on one thing, and that is AC. He was only supposed to be out for 1 1/2 months at the start of the season so I understand their decision to sign him. I saw no posts from fans anywhere who were shocked that he passed his medical when he signed, but now it seems to all come up. In hindsight it is very easy for us to say it was awful and he should be sacked for it, but 90% of us thought it was a good signing at the time.


 

 

 

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12 Nov 2018 17:06:25
Hi Mike, come summer we would be able to walk away immediately if Nasri is on a 6 month deal. Whereas if we still had Antonio we would have to wait for offers etc and teams would no doubt hold out for a bargain knowing we want rid dragging it on and delaying our plans. Getting rid in Jan and getting a temporary upgrade (IMO) until summer leaves us in a better position don't you think?
This is NOT the board and their previous scatter-gun technique. This would be a Husillos and MP move so we should not criticise the board.

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05 Nov 2018 10:47:04
Never watched this guy live but heard good things and he is clearly gifted technically.
What is his natural/ best position Mike?
Loan deal for the right player could work, with Lanzini and Yarmolenko out and Diangana making such great progress another winger on the books with a long contract could be a costly investment. This of course assumes Lanzini and Yarmo make full recoveries.
I trust Pellegrini though, i am sure he has a plan set out and on the plus side he is really getting a look at what his squad players are capable of with all our injuries, so maybe there is a plus side to them LOL.

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26 Oct 2018 16:19:00
Thanks Mike
Id get playing Diangana and Perez and see a) if Diangana is good enough and b) if Perez changes his attitude and form.
I do not think its wise to start Diangana on Sat, no matter how much we love to see young players come through it has to be done gradually. They often come on very PUMPED UP as a sub and look amazing for a spell, can be a different story when they start. It could impact his mentality if has starts and doesn't do amazingly. Great option to have on the bench, and better way to boost his confidence by giving him short spells where he can impact a game.
Give Perez the chance IMO and see what he is capable of, tell him he has a chance to play a lot of minutes now Yarmy is out for so long and see what he does. Then come January at least MP will KNOW what he needs and doesn't need.

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25 Oct 2018 13:34:01
Mario over Moses for me. Moses was not great going forward for us and that is how he ended up at wingback. May as well play fredricks instead of buying or loaning Moses. Mario price tag is high though for what he is.
IRONMIKE any idea on what budget we may actually have? all speculation until we know we actually have a budget to buy players. If no budget then its loans only.
You mentioned at the end of summer window that there was cash available still when we were looking at a couple young CMs. Is that still what's available in the pot?

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23 Oct 2018 09:16:55
I know what you mean Worya, long term we do need upgrades, but i am sure those will come in the coming windows. What we have now is important though, and Iv been impressed with Snodders playing CM so far, and given injuries he is a serious squad player for us now. Great attitude.
Just a thought, as we clearly have not got Anderson fully going yet, but maybe we have options to switch things around slightly. Play Anderson on the right (seen plenty highlights of him there) and maybe Masuaku on the left infront of Cresswell?
Perez is also more comfortable on the left, so there's another option on our left, but know idea of Perez's defensive capabilities.
Could also suggest a formation change, but when MP has JUST got the balance in the middle right it would be a big risk for him to take. If he did, I'd keep the back 4 the same, Rice as DM and 2 CMs (all the same), but then maybe play a CAM behind two strikers. Like Allardyce did so well with Downing behind Valencia and Sakho for a few games, before an injury forced a change and Big Sam went back to his old ways never to try it again when players were fit again. Got to see problems as opportunities sometimes, and maybe this is our one to get Chica and Anderson to finally click somehow.

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12 Nov 2018 16:57:28
I agree with the negative comments around Nasri, as he does present some degree of risk. BUT, i don't think it is as bad a deal as people make out. We clearly need technical players in the team ATM, ideally with PL experience, and if accounts are correct that Antonio and Hernandez may well be out then Nasri on a short term basis may work. I for one would rather have Nasri coming on after 60 mins than Antonio, he will bring a degree of composure and a final ball that Antonio lacks. Get £10m for Antonio and we have a net profit of £5m (plus a better player IMO) which can go towards a second striker such as Barbosa (or someone else) if Hernadez does go, so that's a win win.
Come summer we can say goodbye and conduct the second big stage of re-structuring. Nasri has BOTH experience in the PL and a previous relationship with MP, which suggests he is LESS OF A GAMBLE than paying a big sum for someone else who may not have PL experience and MP will have to learn about. Nasri may also have something to prove, and choosing a short term deal with a manager he knows and has positive memories of working with may prove this. If he fails with us under MP then his career is over, whereas he could maybe get a 3 year deal elsewhere on £50k with a signing on fee.
We CANNOT spend huge money buying another wide player on a long contract, as we have Lanzini and Yarmo to come back which would leave us over-stocked here. So a deal like this with Nasri makes complete sense, he will have time with the squad to get fit before Xmas, so he will be settled and in sync with the squad come Jan 1st. It represents an upgrade on Antonio for the second half of the season, a profit, AND we can walk away come summer if we wanted to.
Were we offering a 3 year deal my feelings may be different.

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06 Nov 2018 15:02:17
You are right Warrington, it does seem odd as they have usually been very good with contract renewals etc for good performance. I feel something is up within Dec's entourage though, as he has also not said anything about his international future. I think his new agent is advising on career moves etc that are best financially, and England would be the right move in that case, as would a bigger contract at WHU.
I think his international choice SHOULD be easy, play where your heart lies. Roy Keane was a legend playing for Ireland so why can't Dec do the same. It should be a simple choice for him. I get the impression he imagined himself playing for Ireland as a kid, i may be wrong though and it could be the other way around.
I do not think Dec is someone that would screw the club over by allowing himself to go on a free, he seems to have class about him and i do not think he would allow that to happen to the club that has made him. At least i hope not.
He is the natural replacement for Noble, but could be TWICE the player. SIGN HIM UP DGS!

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06 Nov 2018 14:50:10
Hahaha that's exactly it, even the live broadcast referee consultants on Sky or BT coverage always try to find an interpretation that backs the ref's decision. I agree Refs need protecting, and more authority and respect from players, but twisting interpretations to justify decisions is not the way. VAR simply HAS to come into the game, we missed out on a clear pen vs Burnley as a result.
IMHO there should have been 2 penalties in the Arsenal vs Liverpool game when keepers came out to crosses, missed the ball and clattered the opposition player who got his head to the ball first. Yes they got a head (or a shot) in so you could argue advantage, but if it doesn't go in then there is NO advantage. Anywhere else on the pitch if a player goes in for a challenge and misses the ball and gets the player its a foul, why is it not the case for keepers?

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05 Nov 2018 18:09:31
Thanks Ed, didn't know that. When has a referee ever admitted they made a mistake tho? Lol.

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{Ed001's Note - well one of the lads on the Liverpool site is in the referee training program and he admitted to getting decisions wrong this weekend. However, I am sure they will soon train that kind of nonsense out of him and teach him how to make up some new rule interpretation to cover any future mistakes....}


 

 

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05 Nov 2018 10:59:35
Should have been red, and because he got a yellow for it after the goal he got away with it as it cannot be changed after the ref has already taken action. Poor rule IMO
Couldnt watch the game on Sat but was so happy to hear Anderson have a good game, and just at the right time with all these "winnable" fixtures coming up. I thought Snodders and Obiang in CM would be our best partnership (after numerous games into the season, never thought it at the start), and Noble and Wilshere will have to work hard to displace either of them. Great to see Snodders' journey and i think he is a real West Ham player in that CM role. He has proven a lot of us wrong, myself included, as i thought he was average when he signed. He would be a crowd favourite for sure had he played CM like this from the start. We should really appreciate him and what he has done to get back into the WHU team. Most players would have either stuck around and got paid, or been transferred and got another signing on fee elsewhere. He is a model pro in that sense.

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{Ed001's Note - actually the decision can be changed if the ref admits he made a mistake. All that a yellow means is that the player himself cannot appeal against it, whereas he could have if it was a straight red.}