U23’s draw European clubs
Terry Westley’s bright young U23 side will face the likes of Benfica, Villarreal and Tottenham Hotspur in the Group Stage of next season’s Premier League International Cup. The starlets qualified for the tournament with their PL2 Division Two Play-Off Final victory over Newcastle United, which also promoted them to Division One. The competition is set to give the young squad vital experience for their future career and will see them make trips to both Spain and Portugal in the coming months. The first of the three ties will take place on in August against Spurs, with the clash against The Yellow Submarine scheduled for September at The Chigwell Construction Stadium and the date of the Benfica tie still yet to be set. So, how will our young stars perform on the European stage?
Farah races to London Stadium Gold
Day one of the 2017 World Athletics Championship was played out at The London Stadium on Friday night, with greats like Sir Mo Farah leading the British contingent. The arena has been converted into Athletics Mode, which includes the removal of the retractable seating and all West Ham United branding from the interior to the exterior. This has angered many Hammers fans, as the competition has also pushed our first home-game of The Premier League season back to September. However, with great champions such as Farah himself and the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt winning races, the popular event is set to draw in huge crowds to our “Football” Stadium over the coming days.
Slav vows to cut-out defensive mistakes
Our Croatian manager Slaven Bilic proclaimed the need to put an end to costly errors in defence, in his post-match press-conference after our 3-0 loss at the hands of Manchester City in Reykjavik. The loss was our fourth in the space of a year against Pep Guardiola’s men, all of which have been by high margins. However, Bilic had this to say about the poor defensive-performance in an exclusive interview with WHUFC.com: “You can’t make mistakes like this, and to be fair we were making them last year. Like when we played Manchester City at home back then”. The former Hammers player is clearly not wrong, as mistakes in the back-four were the primary cause of most of our defeats last term. So, with “Super Slav” demanding the defence tighten up, he and every other Hammers fan will be hoping that we don’t leak as many goals as we did in the last campaign, next season.
Transfer gossip: Hammers duo set to depart
It has been reported in the last few days by The Mirror that the likes of PSG and Arsenal are readying moves for our Academy midfielder Domingos Quina. The starlet made his Hammers debut in The Europa League last summer and has impressed with Portugal U19’s at the recent European U19 Championships in Georgia. However, the 17-year-old’s Hammers future has been thrown into doubt by the recent rumours, as Quina looks set to give into the temptation of moving to one of Europe’s top clubs.
It has been rumoured this week by various Midlands based Newspapers that Aston Villa are leading the race to sign our Scottish winger Robert Snodgrass. The former Hull City man was signed back in January for around £10 million in replacement of Frenchmen Dimitri Payet, but has failed to impress in Claret and Blue. However, several clubs including Villa themselves, Brighton and Leeds are said to be interested in the 29-year-old. So, could Snodgrass be set to become the fifth major departure of the Transfer Window so far?