As long as you’re a West Ham fan who isn’t too arsed about style and is just happy to make progress up the league table, you’re probably looking forward to the new season. It’s going to be the same always – direct, high tempo and mostly effective. Big Sam’s template is as transparent as David Moyes telling everyone that ‘Wayne Rooney is still an important part of the United squad’, but that doesn’t make it any easier to stop.
As every Liverpool fan will tell you, it’s dangerous to get too excited at the signings of Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing, but as the Hammers paid around £35 million less for the pair than the Merseysiders did, it’s worth the risk. Carroll showed glimpses of quality while on loan from Anfield and it’s odd that Downing was allowed leave so cheaply after eventually looking like a decent player in the second half of last season. They join a solid squad and it would be a surprise to see the Hammers elbowing their way through a relegation scrap come next May.
Overly optimistic pre-season tweet:
Less optimistic Christmas-time tweet:
Bitterly disappointed end of season tweet: