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by Het-Field
Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone else envious of Wolves? (non WHU)
Replies: 216
Views: 13350

Re: Anyone else envious of Wolves? (non WHU)

I’m envious of a lot of club models, and in particular models that you don’t need City style money to replicate. A.Liverpool. High gross spent, low net. Redeveloping the stadium gradually. Headhunted a world class manager. Signed players incrementally turning them into a wonderful team. B.Leicester ...
by Het-Field
Thu Jan 23, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Has my fire really gone out ?
Replies: 30
Views: 966

Re: Has my fire really gone out ?

There is a trope that you always ’love’ child, but you don’t always ‘like’ them. There are previous iterations of WHU that I didn’t like, but this has been at a whole new level. I don’t like the board, I don’t really like Moyes, and there are very few players I actually like. I don’t like seeing som...
by Het-Field
Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Our players are not good enough
Replies: 49
Views: 1499

Re: Our players are not good enough

Under investment in key areas for years has been the issue and we have ended up with this shambles of a squad. I can't remember who said it, might have been in the match thread but fullbacks are one of the most vital positions in the Premier League these days, the fact that out of our 4 full backs ...
by Het-Field
Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Our players are not good enough
Replies: 49
Views: 1499

Re: Our players are not good enough

I’d argue the long term core aren’t good enough. Since promotion in 2012 (and before) we’ve accumulated players who had been with us for years. As players like Song, Downing, Sakho, Payet, Arnautovic, Hernandez fell away, or Nocherino, Moses, Fonte, Diarra, Razvan, Armero, Arbeloa never really met t...
by Het-Field
Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 20years in the making, the decline of the West Ham way
Replies: 19
Views: 918

Re: 20years in the making, the decline of the West Ham way

I always feel the real roots of our current problems lie in the summer of 2016. We entered that summer with a new home to move to, and European football secured. We also had one of the most exciting players in Europe running our team, a local boy as skipper a very popular manager,and a general sense...
by Het-Field
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: David Moyes - 18th Permanent Manager of WHUFC
Replies: 1859
Views: 68429

Re: David Moyes - 18th Permanent Manager of WHUFC

Well Moyes really tripped himself up when he said “I’ve got a better squad this time around” didn’t he? Cause we F’n haven’t. He only just managed to keep us up last time but somehow it got masked over as “a great job.” Well I think it’s a much taller order this time around. Getting this lot motiva...
by Het-Field
Wed Jan 22, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2019/2020 Relegation Thread
Replies: 622
Views: 27380

Re: 2019/2020 Relegation Thread

As has been said, “be careful what you wish for”. My major concern, amongst the usual ones about relegation, is that unlike previous times, what we are seeing right now is what we will get in the Championship. This is, the manager and players we have won’t change. Sure, we’ll have to more than consi...
by Het-Field
Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Zig-Zag Line: The True Symbol of WHU
Replies: 24
Views: 850

Re: A Zig-Zag Line: The True Symbol of WHU

What concerns me is that neither the ambitious model or the conservative one is working for us. The current model (post Pelly) is akin to Palace or Newcastle. But remarkable is that Palace have done it sensibly and correctly, building a team on a shoestring and with a manager who knows how to drill ...
by Het-Field
Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The January Transfer Window 2020
Replies: 5390
Views: 320631

Re: The January Transfer Window 2020

N’Zonzi is almost a pin-point copy of the style of player the board is interested in. French international, European experience, World Cup Winner, history in Italy, Spain and the UK. He’s a “sell” to the fans. Of course, if you can get a loan deal and he contributes to our survival “everyone’s a win...
by Het-Field
Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The January Transfer Window 2020
Replies: 5390
Views: 320631

Re: The January Transfer Window 2020

I think what causes me to despair the most is that unlike 1997 or 2007 we don’t seem to be taking the problem seriously, and it seems to be a repeat of 2018, which demonstrates that no long lasting change and reform has happened. Sure, the season started poorly, and Pelly lost it towards the end, bu...
by Het-Field
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Connections: Celtic
Replies: 31
Views: 1254

Re: Connections: Celtic

Ian Wright went up there perhaps 18 months after he signed for us.
by Het-Field
Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Welcome (again), Darren Randolph
Replies: 180
Views: 5160

Re: Welcome (again), Darren Randolph

Randolph is a different goalkeeper to the one we let go in 2017. He has been Ireland’s best player in the European Qualifiers, and is a proper shot stopper. He has also generally eliminated the “clangers” in his game, which appeared almost weekly in the last weeks of his first WHU career. The realit...
by Het-Field
Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The January Transfer Window 2020
Replies: 5390
Views: 320631

Re: The January Transfer Window 2020

Why are people so keen on this Gelson Fernandes? Admittedly I have seen nothing of him, but if he can't get in the Benfica team in the Portuguese league where they have only two relatively strong opponents then why do people think he's going to be good for us in the PL - surely he's just going to b...
by Het-Field
Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The January Transfer Window 2020
Replies: 5390
Views: 320631

Re: The January Transfer Window 2020

Transfer policy has to be about a combination of things. Combing the experienced bargain signings of players who's best days may be behind them but have a lot left to give, combined with the youngsters ready to improve and grow. A great example of this is the two signings of Balbuena and Diop. One ...
by Het-Field
Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:09 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The January Transfer Window 2020
Replies: 5390
Views: 320631

Re: The January Transfer Window 2020

The one thing I can imagine is that the club are willing to put a bit of money into the squad, but sufficient to keep us safe. Notwithstanding the past two games, the season has been toxic and we are in a precarious situation. In 2018 Moyes was given a taste of our strategy in the transfer market si...
by Het-Field
Mon Jan 06, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The January Transfer Window 2020
Replies: 5390
Views: 320631

Re: The January Transfer Window 2020

I remember watching Allen play for Wales against Ireland two years back and when he went off injured after about 20 mins Wales really lost their shape and with Ramsey missing that night and Bale absent, it really became a scrap ala the lower echelons of the PL or the Championship. Allen gave an extr...
by Het-Field
Mon Jan 06, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The January Transfer Window 2020
Replies: 5390
Views: 320631

Re: The January Transfer Window 2020

We’re getting a far different Randolph to the one we sold in 2017 and even greater the difference to the one we signed in 2015. Very few clubs have the luxury of a Top Number 2 Keeper. The gap between most is big. Even putting aside our general love for Adrian, Liverpool’s Number 2 is our former Num...
by Het-Field
Sun Jan 05, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: FA Cup 3rd Round Matches
Replies: 146
Views: 4798

Re: FA Cup 3rd Round Matches

Everton are just a chronically bad side these days.

I can’t fathom how to explain their failure to turn their expenditure, and good players (on paper) into results.
by Het-Field
Sun Jan 05, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: FA Cup 3rd Round Matches
Replies: 146
Views: 4798

Re: FA Cup 3rd Round Matches

Hugill now on 10 goals for the season. I’m still trying to conclude what I fully think about him. He doesn’t seem to have any problems scoring in the Championship, and I’d expect QPR to be interested in him long term. The fact that he is now cup tied (no idea what the loan deal said about that) sug...
by Het-Field
Sun Jan 05, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gillingham v West Ham United: FAC3 Match Thread
Replies: 611
Views: 26151

Re: Gillingham v West Ham United: FAC3 Match Thread

This is an important game. Too many giant killings/near misses over the past years, and it becomes frustrating. You should beat a team like Gillingham, but then again we only need to look to Oxford, Wimbledon, Wigan, Shrewsbury, Accy Stanley over the past four years for some hair raising moments. We...