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12 Dec 2018 17:13:21
Interested to know what everyone HONESTLY expects us to do in the Jan window?

My thoughts:
MP's mentality will always mean progress, even if we are effectively safe by Jan as he will be targeting 6th. Ironmike will be better at explaining what finances we have, and where we are with FFP, but i suspect we have to move players on before we can make permanent signings and accommodate Rice's pay rise.
Realistically, I see him improving SQUAD quality in a couple positions, UNLESS MP has an opportunity on someone he specifically wants for his long term plan.
Left back is the main issue. Masuaku is not good enough defensively. Sell if an offer comes and expect a young, or temporary addition (e. g. Monreal) to come and challenge Cresswell.
Oxford looks like he is going, and with Zaba retiring at end of season, and Fredricks injured, expect a RB to be on the cards.
Cover for Declan. With Sanchez out for the season and Ogbonna our only backup at CB then a backup DM is important. Interesting that Yaya Toure has had his pay-as-you-play contract cancelled amidst the Turkish financial crisis. Maybe a temporary option until end of season when Sanchez returns? We may well see reports of him training with us before the new year as his family is in London.
Creative player cover. With Snodders and Anderson our only established technical players fit, i expect Nasri to come in to provide depth and cover here. I do not expect us to spend big on anyone else here as we have Yarmolenko and Lanzini still to come back, and 3 very good youngsters in Diangana, Holland and Silva coming through.
Up front, I only see movement here if we sell players. Arnie rumours may be true, although i am not sure which club will want him RIGHT NOW. Many clubs need a Caroll in Jan, and we could see him go on loan until his contract runs out freeing up some salary.
Out - Oxford, Masuaku, Antonio, Caroll
In - RB, LB, Nasri, DM and Rice TO SIGN!
If funds available, MAYBE bigger signing.

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1.) 12 Dec 2018 18:17:42
I would go along with that Nickinho. It's a long shot to expect 6th place with current squad, much will depend on what budget Pellegrini has to play with when the window opens. Yarmalenko, Wilshire and Lanzini is a big loss but players have stepped up that have come in. If I was to be critical on team performances it has to be the tendency to step off the gas in periods of the game, allowing the opposition to take control. Pellegrini's philosophy is, if the opposition hasn't got the ball they can't score, and I've noticed that in recent matches the possession stats have taken a dive, not drastically, but enough to tell you that the team is conceding too much possession. Better opposition in those last three games would have taken advantage.


2.) 12 Dec 2018 19:37:24
I would personally love us to try and sign Kieran Tierney I think he is fantastic, versatile and is a leader. Though I may be being unrealistically ambitious and he may have no interest in us.


3.) 13 Dec 2018 00:24:29
Nice post Nickinho I think you have covered all the main points here, IT WAS the idea originally to have another spendfest this coming summer however injuries, and poor performances by some players demand more urgent attention, we don’t have to sell anybody to buy a couple of players as close to 35 m can be available However WH will look to sell on and reduce wage bill or at least keep it under control. IRONMIKE.


4.) 13 Dec 2018 00:30:41
Not much point in loaning out Carroll he can help us when available I'f someone's that desperate to need him in January they can buy him.

He seems to come back play a few games then get injured but he always seems to make an impact, but yes I would sell we still have an option at the end of the season and we know if he can stay fit what an asset he can be. More likely a sale than a loan.


5.) 13 Dec 2018 09:05:41
Lb- k Tierney
Rb- n clyne
Cm- a duncan
S- y poulson.


6.) 13 Dec 2018 12:51:05
Well written post Nichinho.
I, too, think that Nasri might be our only recruit in January. Your points about our full backs make good sense, but my gut tells me that only Oxford will leave if we get a decent offer.
Our full squad, when all our fit, covers most bases and I am optimistic that we are on course for a top 10 finish.
The summer spending was so extensive that we won’t spend this window. I would really have liked Almiron to come in, but can’t see it happening realistically.
I’m sure that MP will not move Carroll on, as he’s good cover for Arnie, who l also think will stay at least until the summer - at which time there may be a major shake up in our strikers.
MP and Husillos will be constantly scouting for the players he wants in the summer to make the squad increasingly his.


 

 

 

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07 Jan 2019 17:09:22
Just a few players MP signed at very good ages for very little money. Plus a few at the bottom for large fees when at the BIG clubs he managed. In MP we must trust!
D. Godin - 0.8m
W. Caballero - 0.9m
S. Cazorla - 1.2m
A. Valencia - 2.0m
D. Forlan - 3.2m
A. Arbeloa - 4.0m
A. Negredo - 5.0m
N. Monreal - 6.0m
Isco - 6.0m
G. Rossi - 10.0m

Navas, Xabi Alonso, Benzema, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Sterling, Kaka, De Bruyne, C. Ronaldo.

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02 Jan 2019 11:58:12
Interesting that Chica's injury has been extended up until the Arsenal game and possibly beyond. Same time as rumours of him leaving still hang in the air.

Not sure why MP went 4-4-2 vs Burnley AWAY when we know Noble cannot play in a 2 man midfield, AND given the busy Xmas schedule we were going to need legs in the centre of the park. This was a mistake by MP in my opinion, and a midfield 3 of Rice Obiang and Noble could have been the way to go, or even Snodgrass with Diangana starting on the right. We are blessed with hindsight tho.

Interesting to see what he does tonight given we have Birmingham in the FA cup on Sat.

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1.) 02 Jan 2019 22:29:12
Not sure it was MPs fault all 11 players decided to have a game off. Can’t blame the setup when every player played poorly.


 

 

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.


 

 

 

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16 Jan 2019 16:38:03
Dreamland would be any 2 of Piatek, Werner and Gomez. Realistically, getting ONE would be an achievement given the interest in these players from big clubs.

However, to get two decent strikers in would require Arnie, Chica AND Perez/ Carroll all gone permanently in Jan. Who knows, MP would be a big draw for any player.

MP should put a cheeky bid in for Isco, even on loan to the end of the season LOL.

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16 Jan 2019 14:19:53
Levy will never pay £45m for a 30 year old, and WHU would not deal with Spurs unless £60m came in, all cash up front lol.

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14 Jan 2019 13:42:57
Shelvey would be an upgrade on Obiang, and would replace Nobes as the passer in CM. Is he more mobile than Nobes though?
Amadou Diawara looks a TOP player in the making. Very similar to Rice though. Any truth in us being interested in him Mike?
If not we should tell city to go buy him and LEAVE RICE ALONE! lol.

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14 Jan 2019 13:34:41
Europa would not be too bad, as it offers a potential route to CL football now, which is achievable via the league.
Before next season I expect we will move on: Carroll, Perez, Masuaku, Oxford, Obiang, Arnie and Adrian.
Get in ONE top striker with technical ability and strength to replace Arnie. Promote Xande and consider Antonio as a striker (or replace him) . Looks like MP is playing one top striker and a no.10 who can also play deeper like Nasri did vs Arsenal. Any one of Nasri, JW, Yarm or Anderson can play no.10 with Snod, Diang, Holl and Browne as backups on wing.
A CM who can pass the ball and has the pace/ physique and attitude to cover ground and be combative in midfield to play with Rice and take over from Nobes.
An up and coming decent left back to compete with Cress, same as we have with Fredricks.
A CB who is happy to be a backup to the 3 we have now (not including Reid)
Promote Trott or get a backup keeper in
Hope to GOD that our injured players Lanzini, Wilshere, Yarmolenko, Sanchez and Fredricks all come back to full fitness.
This is jut the bare min, and represents 3 massive wages off our bill. Only a striker and top CM would require big salaries, so the rest can be put on squad players or new contracts.
After this, the next stage is to look at Reid, Zaba, Nobes and Chica.

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14 Jan 2019 13:00:23
What is holding this up Mike?
He isn't playing and his contract is just going down, so his value is only going one direction. This said, I would hate if we sell him to an English club. If we get an offer from Germany then get gone. Such a shame but if his WHU time is beyond repair then get him gone.
What ever happened to players handing in transfer requests?

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16 Jan 2019 14:31:48
No deal, i don't think he fits MP style of play. Not technically good enough with the ball on the floor.
Look at the strikers we are linked with, all have great technical ability with the ball on the floor, and then have a second attribute of either being strong in the air (Gomez) or pace (Piatek, Martinez, Werner)
Carroll's WHU days are over either now, or when his contract ends in summer.

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12 Jan 2019 17:29:14
Thought Cresswell was great today, really showed we can ship Masuaku out and get a backup who actually believes they are a left back.

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02 Jan 2019 10:28:38
A tough one with Arnie, not sure who he plays well with up front, and a big fee for someone his age (and with some injuries this season) could be good business if MP and Husillos can re-invest well. Looked like he was getting a partnership with Chica, but not paired well with anyone else just yet and is best up front on his own with Lanzini behind. I would like us to keep him, but only if he WANTS to stay. Personality like his would be tough to manage and he could cause problems, much like Payet did when he wanted to follow his wife back to France.
Ship out AC first.

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21 Dec 2018 12:42:18
Lots of VERY JUSTIFIED feelings and comments about the JW signing, and hindsight so far is proving them all correct, and myself wrong.
I supported the decision to sign him on the basis that he had not had ANY ankle injuries in 3 years (which are the recurring problems he is famous for) and he had just had a full season fit, and would go through strict medicals. On this basis, and all costs accounted for over 3 years, he represented low risk for a player of his proven PL quality that would have worked very well under Pellegrini, is English, and has (while small) a connection with the club.

It is therefore worrying that this is his ankle problem again. And i completely agree with anyone commenting on how this was not picked up in the medical, this has to be looked at internally, because if there were any signs of issues with his ankles then it should have been cancelled. If the board and MP were given a clean bill of health then THEIR business decision was justified based on the low risk presented to them by the medical staff. A failure on the medical team's part.

I get the feeling that because we do not URGENTLY need him given the performances the squad are putting in, that the club are being VERY cautious with him, as no ACTUAL statement has been made on whether he is out for 4 weeks or the rest of the season (just paper talk) . Were we in trouble, I am sure he would have been thrown in and fingers crossed. He is 26 though and we do not need him right now (Esp if Nasri comes in) and cannot sell him if injured, so I hope they can get him fit again, because IMO he will do great under MP for a number of years if fit.

But, the medical staff have to be bang on with any decisions (as they do with Lanzini) to make sure the injury is gone completely before bringing them back! (this coming from someone who had 3 ACL reconstructions on their left knee in 6 years while in my 20s)

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12 Dec 2018 16:13:30
Agree with Sdl, stinks of agent influence.
Contract he was offered wasn't bad and allowed for increase upon appearances etc, which he would certainly meet. Our board have also proven that they would improve contracts upon good performances, e. g. Diafra Sakho got an improved contract waaaay before it needed renewal as he was performing well, so no reason for Rice to think he would be stuck on 20k-30k for long. This is Agent influence mostly, and i also have a feeling it may have something to do with FFP
Watever it is we will find out by the end of Jan.

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