West Ham supporters have been pretty downbeat in the Transfer Tavern in recent times after seeing their side fall into the Premier League’s bottom three after losing to Liverpool last weekend, a result which also brought about the end of manager Slaven Bilic.
The Croat took over the East London outfit back in 2015 and did a sterling job in leading them to a seventh place finish in his first season in charge, which also coincided with their last campaign at Upton Park. However, things didn’t go quite as well for the 49-year-old last term as the Hammers could only muster an 11th place finish in the top-flight, and after a poor start to this season and a sixth defeat of the campaign against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool last time out, the writing was on the wall for Bilic, who was thus relieved of his duties on November 6.
And David Moyes has since taken over to the bemusement and disappointment of several of our resident West Ham fans, who are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from The Sun, which includes comments from Hammers forward Marko Arnautovic, who was last week linked with a January move away from the club.
The Austria international made the move to the London Stadium during the summer for a club-record £25 million, but he has yet to make a telling impact for the East London club having failed to net or record an assist in the Premier League this term.
And new boss Moyes was reportedly willing to let the 28-year-old leave in January in a bid to raise funds for potential incomings, although the winger himself has quashed any speculation about his future, saying: ‘I will not be sold.’
And these comments are sure to intrigue our resident West Ham fans, who have seen little from Arnautovic so far this season, and know that he needs to seriously improve if he is impress the new manager and indeed command regular football at the club for the remainder of the campaign.
Landlord’s verdict: Marko Arnautovic made a big money move from Stoke City to West Ham during the summer, much to the anticipation of many of our resident Hammers supporters.
The 28-year-old has proven throughout his time in English football to be a match-winner capable of moments of brilliance, but he has yet to show any of that since moving to the London Stadium.
And reports last week suggested that he could well be sold by new manager David Moyes during the winter window in a bid to raise funds, but the winger himself has played down any speculation by insisting that he will not be sold by the Hammers hierarchy.
But the Austria international knows that he’ll need to improve quickly if he is impress Moyes, and thus completely end any speculation about his future.
West Ham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!