West Ham have the perfect chance to muscle into Premier top six

PUBLISHED: 12:30 11 July 2019 | UPDATED: 12:41 11 July 2019

Kwame Boakye West Ham blogger

Kwame Boakye West Ham blogger


West Ham blogger Kwame Boakye looks at the approaching season

West Ham United manager Manuel PellegriniWest Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini

With the exhaustive Maxi Gomez saga finally over and unfortunately not reaching the conclusion we had all longed for; it's somewhat easy to overlook something.

Not only is this West Ham side easily the best we've seen since the early noughties; when the likes of Paolo Di Canio and Joe Cole strutted about Upton Park's hallowed turf.

But also that three of the traditional top six are not quite the powers they used to be:

Arsenal looked a shambles at times last season, whilst their run to the final of the Europa League was impressive, their league performances were anything but.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard during the pre-season friendly at Dalymount Park, Dublin.Chelsea manager Frank Lampard during the pre-season friendly at Dalymount Park, Dublin.

The Gunners should've wrapped up fourth spot but some truly horrendous results/performances as the season reached its climax saw them hand it to Spurs on a plate.

Arsenal's uninspiring transfer activity thus far and a shocking away record last season means this Arsenal side are a far cry from the great teams that won titles in the late nineties/early noughties.

Chelsea...they have just sold their best player in Eden Hazard & thanks to a transfer ban cannot replace, him nor can they freshen up/strengthen the rest of their squad.

That coupled with the fact they've just handed the manager's job to Frank Lampard; a man with one season in management at Championship level behind him was an incredibly risky move.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right) with Paul PogbaManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right) with Paul Pogba

From the Championship to the Champions League in one season? Really?

This was clearly an appointment that was ultimately determined by sentiment and such an emotional and nonsensical appointment could backfire spectacularly.

Lastly in this ailing trio is Manchester United.

Make no mistake about it, they completed got swept up in Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer's fairytale flying start.

West Ham United's Manuel Lanzini celebrates scoring their second goal during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford.West Ham United's Manuel Lanzini celebrates scoring their second goal during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford.

The sensible/logical thing to do would've been to wait until the end of the season to see if Ole was more than just a flash in the pan, however we all know they didn't.

Man United now have a largely average squad with a manager who lacks experience and oversaw a truly shocking end to the season that culminated in a draw with already relegated Huddersfield & 2-0 home loss to fellow Championship new boys Cardiff City on the final day of the season.

At best they're a transitional side with a manager out of his depth.

With 3 of the top 6 vulnerable now is the time to strike.

I look at this current West Ham side and I'm excited: the creativity we now boast with the likes of; Fornals, Lanzini, Wilshere, Yarmolenko, Anderson etc. Is salivating, if we can get that elusive, almost mythical 20 goal striker over the line he would have a field day with all that creativity behind him.

Defensively the partnership of Diop & Balbuena will only improve and with Rice sitting just in front of them & Fabianski behind; that is a highly talented defensive quartet.

At full back I feel we are vulnerable; with Aaron Cresswell not the player he used to be, Arthur Masuaku brilliant going forward but defensively suspect, the same could also be said of Ryan Fredricks.

We must now ruthlessly and relentlessly get that 20 goal striker to spearhead what could be an assault on fourth spot, with so many of the top sides in disarray now is the time to smash that glass ceiling.

Latest East London Sports News

29 minutes ago

Guro Reiten and Bethany England struck with second-half goals as Emma Hayes's Chelsea fought their way to a win over West Ham in the FA Women's Continental League Cup on Sunday.

A goal in each half from Yarmolenko and Cresswell gives Hammers all three points


Simon Harmer reasoned his decision to keep Ravi Bopara at number six was vindicated by the former England all-rounder helping Essex Eagles to Vitality Blast glory.


Manu Tuilagi powered England to a winning start as their World Cup was launched with victory over Tonga but the statement performance sought by Eddie Jones failed to materialise.


Clapton and Woodford Town seal victories while Ilford and Tower Hamlets fall to defeats in the Essex Senior League this weekend.


Owen Farrell has urged England to tap into the nation's love for big tournaments by generating a feel-good factor around the World Cup.

Yesterday, 22:13

Skipper Simon Harmer was the hero as Essex Eagles won a last-ball thriller to clinch their first Vitality Blast T20 title at Edgbaston.

Yesterday, 17:31

Essex Eagles are through to their first Vitality Blast final after a comfortable 34 runs win over Derbyshire Falcons in the second semi-final at Edgbaston.


It's now just under a month since All Points East took over Victoria Park with two weekends of world-class music and a programme of free community events.

Curated by AEG Presents, All Points East is bringing an impressive line-up of multi-flavoured music to Victoria Park from May 24-26 and May 31-June 2.

Victoria Park - or 'Vicky Park' as the locals know it - has been the setting for many important events over the years.​ Here, we take a look at its unique cultural history.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Most Read

Latest from the East London Advertiser

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists