WHO Poll
Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons

Alan 11:31 Mon Oct 26
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City like the look of RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann or former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino as possible replacements for Pep Guardiola. The Spaniard is in the final year of his contract. (Mail)

Juventus and Argentina striker Paulo Dybala, 26 - who has been linked with Tottenham and Manchester United - is in talks over a new deal with the Italian club. (Sky Sports)

France striker Kylian Mbappe, 21, plans on winning the Champions League at Paris St-Germain before moving on to a "big club", according to former PSG midfielder and current club ambassador Youri Djorkaeff. (Goal)

Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik, who looked set to join Juventus next summer, could leave Napoli in January, with Tottenham and Everton interested in the 26-year-old. (Calciomercato via Mail)

Sheffield United want to take Manchester United's Argentina defender Marcos Rojo, 30, on loan in January. (Sun)

Manchester United missed out on signing RB Leipzig's 21-year-old France defender Dayot Upamecano - now valued at about £55m - because of a row over £200,000 five years ago. (Sun)

Arsenal remain keen on signing Lyon and France midfielder Houssem Aouar, 22, but face competition from Paris St-Germain and Juventus. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he has been "honest" with out-of-favour German midfielder Mesut Ozil, 32, despite the player's agent claiming there has been a lack of transparency over his exile from the squad. (Mirror)

Liverpool may decide not to sign a centre-back in January and wait for a longer-term prospect next summer, despite the serious injury to 29-year-old Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk. (Liverpool Echo)

Real Madrid's Croatia midfielder Luka Modric, 35, insists he is "too old" to emulate Wales forward Gareth Bale, 31, and return to Tottenham. (FourFourTwo via Marca)

Real Madrid will only offer Spain centre-back and captain Sergio Ramos a one-year contract extension but the 34-year-old wants to sign for another two years. His current deal expires next summer. (AS - in Spanish)

Manchester City and Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, 29, has denied claims in the French media that he openly discussed the possibility of joining Paris St-Germain. (Manchester Evening News)

Newcastle's England midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, 28, is facing further assessment on a hernia injury that is set to lead to an operation. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Brighton's England midfielder Adam Lallana, 32, says when he realised he was no longer required at Liverpool he treated every day at Anfield "like it was my last". (Liverpool Echo)

Juventus and Barcelona are interested in Ajax and Netherlands Under-19 midfielder Ryan Gravenberch, 18. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

West Brom and Egypt centre-back Ahmed Hegazi, 29, is set to join Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad on an initial loan deal. (Sky Sports)

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has described the social media abuse aimed at his players following the Merseyside derby as "unfair" and "unacceptable". (Liverpool Echo)

West Brom News

View: Why is West Brom winger not performing as well as last season?

When Grady Diangana signed for West Brom from West Ham in the summer it seemed like a great deal for the Baggies.

West Ham players and fans were furious that they had let one of their prized assets go and Albion fans were ecstatic that they had secured the services of one of the key men who got their club promoted.

But since he became a Premier League player Diangana hasn’t quite had the same impact at the Hawthorns compared to his impact in the Championship. He only has one goal in the league and is yet to register an assist.

The stats show that Diangana is performing worse in the Premier League than he did in the Championship. Now, this is to be expected. He is making a step up in quality for the first time and it’s no surprise to see Diangana drop in quality.

For example, last season Diangana was successful with 54.8% of his total actions, but this season that has dropped to 50.6%. Similarly, his expected goals rate (xG) has dropped from 0.19xG to 0.07xG. (Wyscout)

This is to be expected when a player moves to a tougher division, but some stats can help to explain why Diangana hasn’t been as effective this season.

If you look at the below heatmaps, you will see that the winger is playing further back this season, as a result of the Baggies having to do more defending than they did last term.

Diangana’s heatmap for 2019/20:

Diangana’s heatmap so far this season:

As you can see the 22-year-old isn’t getting forward as much as he did last season, which will have an impact on his attacking return.

Some stats also suggest that Diangana’s performance is being affected by his teammates. For example, Diangana is yet to complete a cross this season, on the surface this looks bad but you have to remember that until Karlan Grant signed, he has had no one to aim at.

The stats do show that Diangana has underperformed compared to last season, but this is mainly due to him playing in a harder division where he is having fewer chances. But it’s worth remembering that he can still produce something out of nothing and moments of quality, as he did against Everton.


Brilliant Arthur is on a high

Arthur Masuaku made it a century of Hammers games against Manchester City – and had solid claims for man of the match.

But regardless of that, the left sided midfielder will be determined to ensure that he simply keeps performing to the amazing levels we have seen over the last two or three games.

Since being relieved of solely defensive duties he has looked a player reborn but ironically they were as good and better against Manchester City than he has probably achieved in a majority of the 100 games he has appeared in.

He had the most touches of the game with 56, most successful passes with 27, most total duels with 12, most recoveries with eight, most take-on’s with two as well as an unorthodox display to get out of trouble with three Man City players on him.

His current form could hardly be better and he is looking forward, with the rest of the squad, with great hope and increasing confidence.

Four years after making the move to the Premier League from Greek side Olympiacos, Masuaku is feeling at home in east London and ready to go on to great heights.

Speaking at https://www.whufc.com/news/articles/2020/october/26-october/arthur-masuaku-i-just-want-keep-going he said: “I’m happy to reach 100 games for West Ham. Hopefully there’s many more to come – I’m enjoying my time at the Club and I just want to keep going and playing for West Ham.

“I tried to do my job as much as I can to help the team. We didn’t lose, it’s a good point for us. We’re in a good moment and hopefully we can keep it going against Liverpool next week.

“I do think we have a different mentality now. I can feel it. Last year I think we’d have lost this game, we didn’t on Saturday and I’m glad.

“We have to keep going with this mentality to be hard to beat, and to win games.

And he is delighted with the management style of David Moyes saying: “He’s a good manager.With me he talks a lot, he told me after the game how good I was and he says good things.

“That’s very good when you know the manager likes you. I’m just trying to play my game and give the trust back.

“At this moment I’m playing, I just try to keep my place in the team and hopefully help the team as much as I can.”


Sonny Perkins brace sees Under-18s past Brighton

Brighton & Hove Albion U18s 2-3 West Ham United U18s
U18 Premier League South

West Ham United Under-18s recorded their second consecutive 3-2 win on the bounce against Brighton & Hove Albion Under-18s on Saturday morning, with midfielder Sonny Perkins scoring an impressive first two goals of the season.

Having been defeated in the first three games of the U18 Premier League South season, Kevin Keen’s youth team followed up an excellent win against Arsenal three weeks ago with another thrilling display on the south coast.

With a side which featured a number of U16 players, including starters Regan Clayton and Divin Mubama and second-half substitutes Kaelan Casey, Asher Falase and Lewis Orford, the Hammers made a bright start at Brighton’s Amex Elite Performance Centre.

Despite blustery autumnal conditions, the Hammers took the lead after 20 minutes through Perkins, the England U17 international who signed scholarship terms with the Club over the summer.

The left-footed midfielder collected a pass from Gael Kileba just outside the area, stepped inside his marker and unleashed a fierce shot which faded away from the goalkeeper to give West Ham United the lead.

Clear shooting opportunities proved relatively scarce but when Brighton had one four minutes before half-time, Todd Miller took full advantage with a good individual effort to equalise.

Nevertheless, the Irons regained their lead once more through Perkins just before the break after Brighton failed to clear a whipped free-kick.

Defender Iyiola Adebayo collected the loose ball on the left flank, held off a challenge and passed inside to Perkins, who repositioned himself well to bend a right-footed effort inside the far corner to yield a 2-1 advantage.

Brighton had the better of the play at the start of the second half without creating much, and it was a profligacy which West Ham took full advantage of ten minutes from time.

Having seen his side win a direct free-kick on the edge of the ‘D’, forward Kai Corbett stepped up and fooled everybody by firing it low towards the goalkeeper’s side – the pace on the strike ensuring it beat Fynn Talley all ends up.

Brighton did eventually manage to pull one back, Matt Everitt capitalising on a defensive error as the game ticked into injury time, but the Hammers had already done enough by then to seal three impressive points on the coast.

“It was an excellent performance, really good,” assistant coach Mark Phillips told whufc.com.

“I wouldn’t say we controlled the game, but as a team performance and a defensive performance, we were excellent throughout the 90 minutes. We had a good shape about us and competed for every ball.

“I think it was more impressive today because we were so stretched personnel-wise. We were young – playing with U16s and U15s in an U18s league – so it was good to see such a strong all-round team performance. Everyone in the team played well.

“There’s nothing to say, when we get a few of our players back, the younger players couldn’t be in and around it! They did very well today and that bodes well for the future.”

West Ham United Under-18s will return to action when they host Crystal Palace at Little Heath on Saturday 7 November in a behind-closed-doors game.

West Ham United: Hegyi; Robinson (Orford 90), Thomas, Adebayo, Clayton, Potts, Perkins, Woods, Corbett, Mubama (Falase 80), Kileba (Casey 59)
Subs: Sanneh

Goals: Perkins 20, 44, Corbett 79

Booked: Thomas

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Mex Martillo 7:31 Mon Oct 26
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:31 Mon Oct 26

Thanks Alan 12:31 Mon Oct 26
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
With Kind Regards 11:44 Mon Oct 26

Vexed 11:56 Mon Oct 26
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Diangana not the messiah after all. Who'd have thought it?

With Kind Regards 11:44 Mon Oct 26
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 11:35 Mon Oct 26

ted fenton 11:35 Mon Oct 26
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

ted fenton 11:35 Mon Oct 26
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

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