Sam: The best squad so far

Manager Sam Allardyce has stated that the current West Ham squad is the best it has been since he arrived at the club in 2011.

West Ham picked up the first points of the season on Saturday with an impressive 3-1 victory at Crystal Palace, and shortly after Allardyce revealed that Kevin Nolan has fractured his shoulder and will be out for 6 weeks.

The team however performed well in Nolan’s absence, with many now believing the West Ham captain will struggle to regain his starting place in the side.

“He will be out for probably six weeks I would think,” said Allardyce.

“It isn’t a dislocated shoulder, it’s a fractured shoulder, but I don’t know just how long that will keep Kevin out.

“We dealt with it brilliantly at Palace and let’s hope we can continue to do that.

“It didn’t affect us at Palace and maybe that’s a sign there’s more to come.

“We were missing five players who play a big part in our squad, so to win the game comfortably with as many injuries as that was extremely pleasing.

“So perhaps this might be the best and strongest squad I’ve put together at the club – I hope it is.”

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