The crazy world of Doctor Evil's West Ham Wanderers!
Saturday, 11 September 2010
West Ham v Chelsea. The season starts today.
Rob Green has had his operation, the transfer window has closed, the international break is out of the way...it is time to kick off the new season in style against Chelsea!
Lampard is out. That is great news. Terry is back. That is not a disaster. Chelsea were unstoppable before the international break but some of that impetus may now have evaporated. We were in a trough of despair, but the two weeks will hopefully have allowed Grant and the players to get their heads straight.
Selection is obviously key. If Grant goes again with the Zola detritus then God help us. Der Hammer isn't available but, apart from him, some faith has to be shown in the new signings. My team would be 4-3-3 and would read:
Green: Jacobsen, Da Costa, Upson, Ilunga: Parker, Dyer, Behrami: Obinna, Cole, Barerra. (Actually, that's still only 3 new signings but Dyer feels like a fourth!)
The team would be flexible in play and could become 4-5-1 or 4-4-2. I would use Behrami to anchor and encourage Parker to get further forward when we are in possession. Chelsea might rip us apart and score five or six, or alternatively, we might just put them on the back foot and pull off a surprise. If Grant plays it safe and packs his team with Spector, Kovac and Boa, God help us!