The new season is just over a month away from beginning and the powers that be at West Ham United have acted fast in trying to improve on last season’s deflated follow up to our triumphant end to life at the Boleyn Ground. Credit where it’s due to the board, who seemed to have learned some lessons along the way, mainly getting quality business done early and not spouting plans to the press causing supporters go into a frenzy. Only to be disappointed that our marquee signing was Juventus benchwarmer Simone Zaza.
We start life out this season away to Manchester United on the 13th of August and I along with most West Ham fans will keep our feet on the ground and not expect too much from this game, especially as it seems like this transitional Man United side are starting to take shape, particularly with Romelu Lukaku, who has an incredible record of scoring against us.
That said, at the same time I don’t think we need to go into the game with any fear. We will introduce four top class internationals in our opening game, including England’s No.1 goalkeeper and Mexico’s all-time top goal scorer. Therefore, we go into the game against a Man United side who have a patchy defence with more than a punchers chance.
Beyond our opening game, it’s vital that we get off to a strong start. Due to the fact that the London Stadium is a multipurpose arena, we’re forced to be play our opening three games away from home due to athletic games commitments. Following Man United, we have trips to Southampton and Newcastle, before finally hosting Huddersfield Town. If we can come away from Old Trafford with some respect, the following three games are where we’ll look to put points on the board and get early momentum going to shape our season.
As with anything West Ham related, there’s always the pessimistic view that even when it looks like we’re turning a corner and the futures bright, our bubble bursts and with it, our hopes and dreams fade and die. Now with the London Stadium just starting to feel like home and with some fresh faces through the door, hopefully 2017/18 will prove to be the start of a bright West Ham United future.
Written by @ScottyBowman6
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