West Ham have made a huge improvement in terms of form and playing style under the regime of Slaven Bilic.
The Croatian may be considered as a legend around these parts, but he did not have any managerial experience in England prior to taking over at West Ham. It was always going to be a massive job to follow in the footsteps of Sam Allardyce. The former Bolton Wanderers manager may have not entertain the fans with flowing football, but he helped the club stay in the division quite comfortably.
Immediately after taking over, Bilic enjoyed a great run by winning matches against Manchester City and Chelsea.
James Collins signed a 4 year long deal with West Ham United on August of 2012 but the experienced defender wants to have his contract extended for a longer period of time as the player loves playing for his club and wants nothing else than to continue doing what he does now.
The Welsh defender is not the most skillful player on the pitch or agile and energetic one compared to some of his teammates in West Ham United but there is something that has turned James Collins into a fans favorite and this is thanks to his courage and tenacity as Collins is always up to the challenge of performing at his best every single time, in every match.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is facing the prospect of being without a number of important players like James Collins for the match against Manchester United.
The defender is amongst the several first-team players currently on the sidelines for the London outfit, who host United this weekend.
Allardyce has always relished the opportunities to beat United, but his task will be made a little bit difficult this time around since Louis Van Gaal’s team have been on an incredible run of late. They are still no closer towards cementing the top four place, but with just one defeat since December, they will prove hard to beat.
West Ham’s impressive run in the league came to an end after a 2-1 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park.
Defender James Collins was especially aggrieved with the nature of the defeat since it felt that West Ham played much better than to deserve only a defeat. This was the first defeat for the hammers since the 2-1 loss against Manchester United at the end of September. This impressive form has seen them however around the top four even as the season approaches Christmas. The future looked bleak under Sam Allardyce 12 months ago, but there has been a complete transformation from West Ham.
Louis Van Gaal might have to do without Jonny Evans in the next match against West Ham United.
The 26-year old defender injured his leg during the league game in Leicester last weekend and left the pitch towards the end of the first half. He was hobbling and looking in pain while making his way to the sidelines.
There have been no reports regarding the nature of his injury so far. The United management is believed to be waiting for the scan reports before making an official statement.
Another United player Tyler Blackett will also not be there in that West Ham fixture having been shown the red card at the King Power Stadium the other day.
West Ham United took the decision to keep faith in Sam Allardyce despite widespread criticism from the fans. West Ham have a tradition of playing beautiful football, but this has totally disappeared under the stewardship of Allardyce. The former Bolton and Blackburn Rovers manager has a reputation for being all about results. He adopts the long ball philosophy in order to get those results. Allardyce has admitted that he tends to focus on situations like set pieces because they can be utilised to beat even the top teams.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is coming under increasing pressure due to the style of football being employed at the club. Allardyce is known as a manager who favours route one football. Even though this is not the most pleasing to watch, it has helped him get results whereby he has gone. Allardyce was crucial in getting West Ham back from the championship into the Premier league. However, the fans are not certainly happy with the style of football they are seeing every week. This has further increased pressure on owner David Sullivan, who has given the dreaded vote of confidence to the manager.
The manager of West Ham United, Sam Allardyce, doesn’t seem to be that much upset with what Jose Mourinho said about his tactics a couple of days ago.
Mourinho was furious after having to share points with West Ham on Wednesday and he didn’t hold back at all while speaking in the post match press conference. The Portuguese said that the Hammers played too defensively.
But, those statements of his haven’t prompted Allardyce to say bad things about him.
In one of the English newspapers, the West Ham boss wrote this about Mourinho, “Jose hasn’t been as intense as he used to be in his first tenure and that’s nice to see.”
The 30 years old Welshman defender of West Ham United, James Collins blasted Adnan Januzaj for his diving during Manchester United’s match against West Ham.
Adnan Januzaj was showed a yellow card for simulation after he had launched himself to the ground and instead of getting a set-piece, he received a yellow card and James Collins appeared to be rather upset after the match concluded as he spoke to the media.
"It's cheating basically," Collins told Sky Sports News.
"I don't like to see it in the game. He probably thinks I am going to stick my leg out and he's probably already thinking about going over. Obviously he's taken a dive. He's a young lad, a great player, I'm sure he will learn’’.
West Ham United is not only suffering from goal-scoring problems but also defensive ones as they have received 14 goals in 12 matches and only mustering to score 9 goals.
They have received a further blow in their journey of the Premier League as Winston Reid is set to be unavailable to play for a couple of weeks after undergoing surgery on his ankle.
The club's head of sports science and sports medicine Andy Rolls said: "Winston had an operation on his ankle injury to stabilize the joint. This procedure went well.
Winston Reid joins the list of injured players alongside Andy Carroll who still has not made a single appearance in this season for West Ham after experiencing a heel problem.