Tag - West Ham

Around The Grounds

The Two Daft Yanks are back to celebrate the return of club football after another dreadful international break. So sit back relax and soak in some football analysis as TDY goes around the grounds. On this week’s episode:

  • The Manchester Derby
  • Habitual Line Stepper With Diego Costa
  • West Ham Hooligans
  • A Legend Becomes Even More Legendary-er
  • And More!

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Two Daft Yanks: Around The Grounds

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The Truth Is Out There

It is Halloween week and for your listening pleasure we here at TDY are serving up a Halloween themed show. So sit back, relax and listen to this GOAL-ish podcast in a dark room. On this week’s episode:

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TDY: The Truth Is Out There 

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New EPL Managers

The Two Daft Yanks podcast is back with the annual new managers review, breaking down the 15/16 new EPL managers. On this week’s episode:

  • Slaven Bilic, West Ham
  • Quique Flores, Watford
  • Eddie Howe, Bournemouth
  • Steve McClaren, Newcastle
  • Alex Neil, Norwich
  • Claudio Ranieri, Leicester City
  • Community Shield thoughts
  • And More!

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TDY: New EPL Managers

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Slaven Bilic (Not Leading) West Ham Into Europa League

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UPDATE: Slaven Bilic WILL NOT be leading West Ham into this opening Europa League tie according to the BBC. The information in the post still applies in the long-term though.

 

West Ham’s season will get off to an early start with the east London club beginning their European adventure in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday, July 2nd. New manager and former West Ham player Slaven Bilic will make his Upton Park managerial debut with the Hammers hosting Andorran outfit FC Lusitans in the first leg of a Europa league qualifier that West Ham qualified for through the fair play table. This is West Ham’s first appearance in a European cup competition since 2006 where they were knocked out of the UEFA Cup in the first round by Palermo. If West Ham are to reach the group stages they will have to contest 8 games in total with 6 of those coming before the Premier League season kicks-off in early August. The question is, will these early competitive games against lower competition aid or hinder Bilic in his early days as the West Ham boss?

These early matches could give Bilic the opportunity to teach and install his system to his new squad which may help the former Besiktas manager hit the ground running once the domestic season starts up. West Ham has already been training as a group in Ireland where they have been put through the paces in preparation for these rare early July competitive fixtures. On the other hand the Europa League could potentially impede Bilic in reaching his domestic objectives at Upton Park due to the high number of games it takes to progress through the competition. It is rumored the West Ham board has made his task to achieve a top 10 finish in the league (while also playing more attractive football than former manager Sam Allardyce) a feat West Ham has only achieved 4 times in their last 10 Premier League campaigns.

In order to meet this objective the club has already secured the transfer of two prominent players to deal with a potentially long European campaign. The first was 23 year old Spanish defensive midfielder Pedro Obiang from Sampdoria in Spain who should bring an added defensive presence to the middle of the pitch. Most recently, French 28 year old attacking midfielder Dimitri Payet was brought in to provide a creative spark to the Hammers attack. The former Marseille man contributed 8 goals and 17 assists last season and West Ham would probably be happy with half that production in his first season in England.

Does West Ham have the squad depth to handle this European adventure? We will find out sooner than later because while most teams around Europe will be focused on fitness and training the Hammers will be in results mode trying to get to the group stage of the Europa League. If they get to the group stage and there is a decent chance they will because they will be a seeded side all the way up to the final playoff draw. The club will certainly be active late in the transfer window to add squad depth in order to deal with those dreaded Thursday to Sunday Europa League turnarounds. Fortunately for West Ham, Bilic has experience navigating the Europa league leading Besiktas to of the round of 16 last season.

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Under The Radar EPL Players

Everyone knows the names of the true stars in the Premier League who put up big numbers and get all the headlines in the press. With this blog I hope to give a little recognition to five players who are putting in high quality individual performances so far this season even though they may play for “lesser” clubs that do not garner regular headlines. On to the list!

[spacer size=”20″] 1. Mile Jedinak, DM, Crystal Palace

The Australian in his second season in the Premier League is a solid defender who can contribute with a goal every now and then. He is the sixth highest rated player according to Whoscored.com so far this season with a 7.64 rating and is the highest rated player in a defensive role. Jedinak reads the game well and is among the league leaders in defensive interceptions and aerial duels won. At 30 years of age will a bigger club take a look at him this summer we will have to wait and see.

[spacer size=”20″] 2. Victor Moses, AM, Stoke

Moses is at Stoke on loan from Chelsea and while he has only played in 14 games due to injury, the Nigerian has been very bright in the time he has played so far. Moses is the highest rated Stoke play according to WhoScored.Com with a 7.55 rating. He ranks second in the league in dribbles per game behind only the vaunted Eden Hazard which allows him to open up space and create chances from the left flank.

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3. James Tomkins, CB, West Ham

Tomkins is a solid no frills 25 year old defender who has been linked with a move away from West ham before signing a longterm contract with the club this month. He is the highest rated WhoScored.Com player at the Boleyn Ground this season with a 7.53 rating (The highest for any center-back in the league as well).

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4. Curtis Davies, CB, Hull

I have written about Davies in the past and while he may not be a completely mistake free player he is highly productive defensive player and is in the prime of his career at the age of 29. He is the highest rated player ay Hull this season with a 7.32 rating and is strong in aerial duels, interceptions and tackling three cornerstones in strong center-back play.

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5. Leroy Fer, MF, QPR

Fer might be kind of a stretch for this list as someone has to shine just a little even on bad teams. Fer is certainly that player at QPR but I think he has shown enough to be included on this list. Fer has four goals on the season and is the second leading scorer at the club behind Charlie Austin. He also contributes quite a bit on defense and is not a liability at all in his own half of the field. If QPR are relegated a few mid-table clubs should be interested in him this summer.

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