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.
Ricardo Vaz Te, the West Ham United striker has been ruled out of the game for at least six weeks after dislocating his shoulder during his side’s goalless draw against Swansea City in the Premier League this Sunday.
Although the club has refused to put any sort of timeline on his return from injury, it can be safely assumed that it will at least take a month for him to return to training and al lot longer before he can play competitively. The Portuguese forward suffered a similar injury last season and was on the treatment table for almost three months and it seems that he has aggravated that same injury.
West Ham United are already short on quality strikers with fellow striker and England international out with a long term injury, leaving the Hammers with only Carlton Cole and Ravel Morrison with the only options up front.
Moreover, Morrison is still only 20 years old and a midfield playmaker that can play as a makeshift forward whereas the former Chelsea man Cole is not someone who can set the scoring charts racing. And this leaves manager Sam Allardyce with a selection headache adding further misery to a side that has had a very poor start to the season and are languishing in the bottom half of the table.
Cole did come on for Vaz Te against Swansea City and in his absence; he will have to lead the line for the Hammers. Cole signed for the club just last month after being released earlier in the summer and speaking to the media, stated that he is chuffed to be back playing with West Ham United and being involved with the club once again.
He also added that he hopes to push on and contribute to the club’s cause this season.
Andy Carroll is reportedly winning his battle to be fit for West Ham United by the start of the new season of Premier League football.
The England international forward completed a club record move from Liverpool for a whopping £ 16 million in the close season despite picking up an ankle injury in the Hammers’ last game of the season against Reading.
Initially, Carroll was not expected to be back playing before the end of August. But he is confident that he can return before schedule and be fit and ready for the big kickoff in a couple of weeks. The Hammers begin their Premier League campaign at home in The Boleyn Ground against newcomers to the Premier League Cardiff City on the 17th of August and Carroll is expected to feature in that match in some form, if not from the start.
The 24 year old mentioned that he had been working hard. He stated that he had been away to Germany with the team and doing a lot of exercise, trying to keep himself fit. He mentioned that his heel still hurt a bit and the work he did was keeping that in mind.
He mentioned that although it has been tough, he hopes to be back in time for the first game of the season for West Ham United.
Carroll scored seven goals in 22 appearances for the London club last season in an injury ravaged loan spell from Liverpool, his most successful return since his Newcastle United days. And that was enough for West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce to smash the club’s transfer record and sign the England hit man on a permanent basis ahead if the new season as they look to create a young team capable of competing for 90 minutes on the go.