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It’s Time for a Number 10

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Ravel Morrison needs to be given a chance to shine by Big Sam this season.

You can’t win with youth, they said.

There’s no substitute for experience, they said.

They were wrong.  Whoever “they” are, they’ve been proved wrong repeatedly, from Manchester United in the 90s to the current German national team, youth has been proven to be irrelevant.  The only thing that matters is quality.  Enter Ravel Morrison.  Everyone acknowledges his talent.

Most choose to focus on his past troubles.  However, if there’s one thing this West Ham team lacked last season, it was creativity, and Ravel Morrison definitely brings that to the table.

I know he hasn’t been tested at the highest level, and only the manager, backroom staff, and the players know what he’s truly capable of, but I can’t help thinking he needs to at least be given a shot.  We haven’t had a true number ten in what seems like forever, and I feel we could really use one to add another dynamic to our gritty, workman midfield.

Not only that, but it would allow Big Sam to run his preferred 4-5-1 without sacrificing real attacking ability.

Like I’ve said, it remains to be seen whether or not Morrison can make the step up to the toughest league, but that doesn’t mean he can’t.  I’d like to see him with considerably more playing time this season, and I’m hopeful that it will be beneficial to both the club and Ravel himself.

It’s time for a number 10.

Welcome To West Ham United

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Firstly I would like to welcome all our new signings to the club. Below is my own personal views on each player, if you are unfamiliar with them then this could easily help you get to know them already.

The Way Forward

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The likes of Kevin Nolan will be pivotal to West Ham’s goalscoring abilities this season.

While it’s clear that Big Sam has a certain nous when it comes to organizing defenses, there’s no way we can expect our back line to keep clean sheets away at the bigger clubs, even with the manager’s emphasis on safety first, particularly when we travel.

What should we expect?

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Kevin Nolan celebrates scoring at Nottingham Forest early in our promotion winning season.

As the new season draws closer, I thought I’d take a little time at what we could or should possibly expect.

The obvious aim for Sam Allardyce is to secure ourselves in the Premiership. For me personally, I don’t expect any lofty ambitions such as a top half finish or something like that.

Our squad hasn’t exactly had too much change when you look at it, Tomkins, Reid, Noble, Collison, O’Neil and Cole were all around when we were relegated and stuck through the challenges of the Championship to get us back in the top division of English football.

Straight back down or holding our own?

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As all West Ham fans know we generally have to struggle through significantly more lows than highs over the years and have been cast asunder from the top division more time that we would prefer.

So as we come down from the high of Wembley, are we just hitting the downslope of another season of struggle back in the top flight or will we put up more of a fight than Audley Harrison?

Let’s looks at what history has taught us of the follow up to some previous promotion years, and just for once it seems fortunes are not necessarily always hiding.