The countdown to the new season is well underway in the Football Transfer Tavern and there are now just 20 days to go until Premier League football is back in our lives once more.
West Ham United supporters have had their excitement dented somewhat this week, with the news that Andy Carroll looks set to miss up to four months after having surgery on a troublesome ankle problem.
That news may well force Sam Allardyce back into the transfer market with the Hammers boss having been relatively busy so far.
‘Big Sam’ knows that if the Hammers start the season slowly, he will find himself under immense pressure.
The 2013/14 campaign was a funny one for West Ham, with an early season fight against the drop, followed by a dramatic turnaround in form.
Allardyce was even awarded the manager of the month at one stage before another dip which saw the Hammers boss booed by supporters – even after a win.
The style of football is what appears to have disappointed the supporters, with launching it long to Andy Carroll the common perception of the way West Ham play.
Allardyce has said new additions will give West Ham a different edge and style this season and in 20 days it will be time to put those words into practice.
We have taken a look at what the Hammers strongest line up looks like at present, with everyone fit and firing.
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