West Ham supporters have been somewhat downbeat in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side agonisingly fall short at Manchester City on Sunday, with their 2-1 defeat to the Premier League leaders keeping them in the bottom three.
David Moyes’ men went into their clash with the Citizens off the back of a 4-0 thumping by Everton in midweek, yet they produced a markedly better display at the Etihad Stadium, and certainly had Pep Guardiola’s team worried for a time. Angelo Ogbonna’s fine header gave them the lead just before the break to stun the City faithful, yet second half goals from Nicolas Otamendi and David Silva completed the turnaround for the home side, thus maintaining their eight-point lead at the summit of the division, and at the same time leaving Moyes’ side lodged inside the bottom three.
Consequently, there have been many deflated Hammers fans in the Tavern this week, many of whom are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from The Guardian, which suggests that manager Moyes is ‘considering’ a huge selection call ahead of this weekend’s home clash with champions Chelsea.
And that’s because they report that goalkeeper Joe Hart is set to be axed by the former Everton and Manchester United manager in favour of Adrian.
The latter came in for the England international against City last weekend due to Hart’s ineligibility, and produced an excellent display consisting of many good saves to keep the Hammers in with a chance of getting something from the encounter.
Whereas 30-year-old Hart has been guilty of making some mistakes in the early phase of the season, and ultimately has seen 30 goals fly past him in his 14 Premier League appearances for the East London outfit so far.
And reports suggest that Adrian could well keep the gloves for the visit of champions Chelsea on Saturday, which could strike a further blow in Hart’s World Cup hopes, what with the Englishman facing stiff competition from the likes of Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford for the number one jersey in Russia.
Landlord’s verdict: Goalkeeper Adrian certainly contributed to a much-improved West Ham display against Manchester City on Sunday, with the Spaniard coming in for the ineligible Joe Hart and producing several key stops to keep David Moyes’ side in the contest.
And the 30-year-old could well be rewarded for his efforts, as reports suggest that manager Moyes is considering keeping faith with the Spanish shot-stopper for the visit of Chelsea on Saturday in favour of England’s Hart.
And were Moyes to indeed make that call, it would strike a further blow into Hart’s hopes for regular football before this summer’s World Cup, as well as his chances of retaining the number one jersey in Gareth Southgate’s team ahead of the likes of Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford.
Thus, Moyes decision on Saturday could well have implications, not just on Saturday, but ahead of the rest of the season.
West Ham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!