As we head into a busy week with 3 games in 6 days, I catch up with ExWHUEmployee to discuss the latest goings on and get injury updates.
Ex so firstly the key question from many fans is the injury situation we currently find ourselves in. What can you tell us?
As we reported with Paqueta, his injured collarbone wasn’t expected to keep him out too long despite Moyes throwing a curve ball in the week by saying it was serious. Paqueta has since posted a video of him physically training and it appears there have been no real concequences. There is an outside chance he could be available for Bournemouth if David Moyes is prepared to risk the injury.
Max Cornet was targeting the Bournemouth game too and could make the bench but it is probably more realistic for this to happen against Silkeborg.As we have been reporting right through his injury journey
Nayef Aguerd is now back on grass training. He is unlikely to be used in a Premier League game this side of the World Cup but Moyes has said he would like to use him in Europe with a possibility of Silkeborg but more realistically the final game in Romania against FCSB.
Craig Dawson is also expected to be fit for the Monday night game too which is a welcomed boost. Of course I haven’t heard the team or bench for Bournemouth at the time of writing this so it is speculative.
Ex with the World Cup fast approaching it will soon lead us into the January transfer window. Can we expect the club to be doing much business?
I don’t think the club will spend large sums of money in January due to our big outlay in the summer. If we pick up any signings there are likely to not be many and not for big fees. I don’t think a final decision has been made on recruitment but it would probably require players to move on as well.
I would imagine there is a chance we would go for a right back as we were targeting one right up to the last minute with Ola Aina, a Nigerian right back at Torino, the player who almost joined on deadline day.
Although I have been very impressed with Kehrer when he has played there and we obviously have Johnson, Coufal and Ashby (at the moment) who can also play there.
The LLDC recently and publicly stated they’d be open to doing a naming rights deal for London Stadium with West Ham. Is this something the club will be looking at?
The club have now said they won’t take up the option of buying the naming rights for £4m which they have been offered. They are instead confident that their next kit sponsorship deal can be a very wealthy deal.
I personally do not want to see the stadium become something like the “The Adidas Arena” as I think it sounds tacky. I am quite happy with the London Stadium, I’ve got used to it now. Of course it will never have the same significance as Upton Park or the Boleyn Ground but for the new era I don’t mind it.
If we were to change it I would like to see a reference to our founders Thames Ironworks or perhaps something to do with the academy.
Ex an issue so far this season has been our slow starts to matches. What are your thoughts on this and are the club looking to address this?
The slow starts are frustrating and have cost us points in games. I don’t understand why this happens and perhaps we need to think about our set up and also the message that is being delivered to the players before kickoff.
I am sure the analysists have been on it and pointed it out to the players and we now need them to start at 100 percent in every game. This in turn should improve the early atmosphere too which will support better starts.
There is a big question mark hanging over the future of Harrison Ashby. Do we think he may of played his last game for the club?
It’s difficult to say. He has had an injury which has genuinely kept it out as he has missed academy matches but there has been an aura of silence and mystery over his injuries as it is never really discussed on the website or during press conferences.
The plan was for him to play in Europe and I guess if he doesn’t feature in the remaining games or perhaps against Blackburn then we can expect that he is likely to go.
He hasn’t signed a new deal and is heading down the same route of Ngakia at Watford and Perkins at Leeds. Newcastle were very keen to sign him in January and I think he has been told he will have a good chance of challenging Trippier for the right back postion there and will obviously get a contract wage that is more reflective of that increase first team importance.