West Ham v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sunday 27th February, 2pm. SKY

As we're so poor I'm expecting a good drubbing, but then I am a glass half full type. πŸ˜†
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  • Glass half full? Sounds like you’ve not bothered to put any drink in it.
  • Let's face it from what's been posted on here over the past few weeks I'm just astounded that we are currently sitting 5th in the Prem with this current squad.

    Fab - too old
    Coufal - rubbish
    Diop - rubbish
    Zouma - sell him
    Dawson - rubbish
    Cresswell - top full back
    Rice - brilliant
    Soucek - rubbish
    Fornals - rubbish
    Benrahma - not given a chance
    Lanzini - good sub
    Bowen - excellent
    Antonio - tired
    Johnson - limited
    Masuaku - rubbish
    Fredericks - rubbish
    Kral - must be rubbish
    Vlasic - rubbish.

    Moyes - limited.

    That's why I don't join in the general digging out of players from the team I support. βš’
  • Personally, I'd like to see

    Areola
    Johnson Dawson Zouma Cresswell
    Rice Kral
    Bowen Fornals Benrahma
    Vlasic

    Fabianksi, Diop, Coufal, Noble, Soucek, Lanzini, Chesters, Antonio, Perkins

    But we all know it'll be

    Fabianksi
    Coufal Dawson Zouma Cresswell
    Rice Soucek
    Bowen Lanzini Fornals
    Antonio

    Either way, it's an away win. We've struggled against Watford, Leicester and Newcastle. A very good Wolves team in great form will turn us over all too comfortably I reckon.

    I'm glass half empty, by the way...
  • Half empty? Things are looking up 🀣
  • We are only 5th because the teams below have 3 or more games in hand over us. Personally I'll be happy with 8th, life at the top gives you hope and it's the hope that kills you when you end up not staying there.
  • Can only assume Moyes is just gonna hope the players can play themselves into form as it doesn't appear that he'll rotate or change the system

    So here's hoping he's right as we are lucky to be as high as we are given our performances, something needs to change if we want to stay where we are
  • edited February 20

    Can only assume Moyes is just gonna hope the players can play themselves into form as it doesn't appear that he'll rotate or change the system

    So here's hoping he's right as we are lucky to be as high as we are given our performances, something needs to change if we want to stay where we are

    Part of me thinks maybe that's what he's doing; trusting to luck that at some point the team will suddenly click again.

    But there's also a part of me that knows that he literally has no other option in most positions. One striker. One fit left back. Only two midfielders he trusts in the PL. Even if he wanted to make changes, his options are painfully limited.

    We were 4th or 5th, I think, when Lingard signed and his 13 goal contributions got us to 6th. Without that type of fresh impetus this January I don't think we'll be close to hanging on to 5th.

    8th place finish at best this season now.
  • There’s a story that DM has a fix planned for this week and playing 3 games per week over the next three may help! πŸ€”
  • Does he think he's Bob the Builder? πŸ€”
  • On the plus side we get 8 days off while Wolves have to play Arsenal away on Thursday. (postponed from 28 December due to Covid), 14 days after they lost to Arsenal at home
  • IMO Wolves didn't look that great yesterday and were lucky to beat a weakened Leicester.
  • There’s a story that DM has a fix planned for this week and playing 3 games per week over the next three may help! πŸ€”

    Which probably lends some credence to Champo's point that Moyes hopes the team plays itself back into form.

    Personally I think three games in a week will make the situation worse across the board. Those single points of failure are more likely to fail through fatigue/injury and covering them will only create issues elsewhere on the pitch.
  • IronHerb said:

    Let's face it from what's been posted on here over the past few weeks I'm just astounded that we are currently sitting 5th in the Prem with this current squad.

    Fab - too old
    Coufal - rubbish
    Diop - rubbish
    Zouma - sell him
    Dawson - rubbish
    Cresswell - top full back
    Rice - brilliant
    Soucek - rubbish
    Fornals - rubbish
    Benrahma - not given a chance
    Lanzini - good sub
    Bowen - excellent
    Antonio - tired
    Johnson - limited
    Masuaku - rubbish
    Fredericks - rubbish
    Kral - must be rubbish
    Vlasic - rubbish.

    Moyes - limited.

    That's why I don't join in the general digging out of players from the team I support. βš’

    Nail/ hammer/ contact.
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  • Expecting Wolves to roll us comfortably.
    One of the best defences in the league and have started to score at the other end in the second half of this season.
  • Very controversial post but I think playing the same team and formation isn’t going to work. It hasn’t been working recently and I don’t see the logic in playing a way that hasn’t brought us success for a good period of time now. I also feel the monotony isn’t good for the players as they’re mentally and physically going through the motions now.

    β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” Areola β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”
    Johnson Zouma Dawson Cresswell
    β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” Kral β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”-
    β€”β€”β€”β€” Lanzini β€” Rice β€”β€”β€”
    Bowen β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”-β€”β€” Vlasic
    β€”β€”β€”-β€”β€”- Soucek β€”β€”β€”-β€”β€”

    If not working, bring on Antonio for the second half for Soucek (or move Soucek to midfield and take off Kral for Antonio).

    Soucek’s form might have dipped but when he played in a more advanced role when Rice wasn’t playing a few weeks back, he played very well. He was also good last season when getting into more advanced positions.
  • Areola
    Johnson - Dawson - Zouma - Cresswell
    Kral - Rice
    Vlasic - Soucek - Fornals
    Bowen

    I agree with mixing it up. This also gives us options on the bench to bring on.
  • edited February 21
    Lukerz said:

    Areola
    Johnson - Dawson - Zouma - Cresswell
    Kral - Rice
    Vlasic - Soucek - Fornals
    Bowen

    I agree with mixing it up. This also gives us options on the bench to bring on.


    You seem determined to have Fornals on the wing. Genuine question, do you think he's good enough there? He's more of a No8 or No10, IMO.

  • I stick him there because I think some of our best football is when he has played there. When we played well earlier in the season Fornals played on the left & interchanged with Benrahma.
  • I didn't see the Wolves match yesterday but from those I have seen lately they have looked very good. I think as we were the surprise package last season they may well finish this season with a decent attempt at spots 4-6.

    Tough match on Sunday.
  • It will be tough for sure yet Leicester should have won the game yesterday but squandered some good chances.
  • IronHerb, Best hope all our chances fall to Jarrod Bowen then.
  • Absolutely.
  • Personally, I'd like to see

    Areola
    Johnson Dawson Zouma Cresswell
    Rice Kral
    Bowen Fornals Benrahma
    Vlasic

    Fabianksi, Diop, Coufal, Noble, Soucek, Lanzini, Chesters, Antonio, Perkins

    But we all know it'll be

    Fabianksi
    Coufal Dawson Zouma Cresswell
    Rice Soucek
    Bowen Lanzini Fornals
    Antonio

    Either way, it's an away win. We've struggled against Watford, Leicester and Newcastle. A very good Wolves team in great form will turn us over all too comfortably I reckon.

    I'm glass half empty, by the way...

    Well, knock me down with a feather.😳
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  • I'm disappointed Moyes hasn't been able to bed in more young players so far. Several have ability and need big match experience. It's no use parking them on the bench and then selling them cheaply. Use their energy and enthusiasm. Perkins is the obvious one to use when Antonio is knackered, but midfield could benefit too.
  • I think a 4-3-2-1 could work better than the 4-2-3-1 we have been playing recently.
    Areola
    Johnson , Dawson , Zouma , Cresswell
    Soucek , Rice , Lanzini
    Bowen , Benrahma
    Antonio
  • Energy and enthusiasm are all very well but maybe Moyes doesn't think the current crop of U23s have developed a level of ability to play in the Premier League.

    Perkins has only just stepped up from the U18s to the U23s, a bit early doors to stick him in the first team.
  • "ASLEFshrugged">Energy and enthusiasm are all very well but maybe Moyes doesn't think the current crop of U23s have developed a level of ability to play in the Premier League.
    Well obviously Moyes thinks that, but the only way to find out is to give them 20 minutes here and there. Rice wasn't great when he first played, he learned from experience. Besides, energy and enthusiasm is all we need at the end of a tough match. All IMO πŸ˜‰

  • Well obviously Moyes thinks that, but the only way to find out is to give them 20 minutes here and there. Rice wasn't great when he first played, he learned from experience. Besides, energy and enthusiasm is all we need at the end of a tough match. All IMO πŸ˜‰

    I disagree. There was lots of talk about Rice before his first team debut but unlike a lot of young players in the past like Reece Oxford Rice has lived up to the predictions.

    And I disagree that all we need is " energy and enthusiasm" at the end of the match, what we might need is experience and thinking to save a point or keep all three.

    Our season is at a very difficult point, we could end up anywhere from 4th to 10th, Moyes isn't going to risk it just to give kids 20 minutes playing time.
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