Lanzini to step up 

The moment we all witnessed our player of the season so far Dimitri Payet hobble off the field following the deliberate and shameful foul committed by Evertons James McCarthy last week, it was inevitable that bad news was to follow. We are West Ham after all.

And yes, there it was. Our midfield magician is out for 3 months – at least. Not at all what we need so early in a season we have started so well. However there is something different to the past experiences of this scenario – we have a much deeper, and better squad to cope.

The strength in our quality and depth will be put to the test this Sunday, when we face our bitter rivals Spurs at White Hart Lane. It will be a day that us fans want to witness a team of players that can step up, and show that there is far more to West Ham that Dimitri Payet alone.

Manuel Lanzini is one who we hope can fill the void. His outstanding start to life in claret & blue has us wondering how far can this boy go? He’s certainly got the ability, it’s now about going up another gear.

The return of Alex Song will too be a huge boost, in a time when our midfield could do with it. If we see Song return to the type of form he was at this time last year, then Payets absence will not be an issue.

It’s a game this Sunday I always look forward to, especially due to our recent record at that ground. But it’ll be tough, no doubt about it. Spurs (as it pains me to say) have been a strong presence in the league this season, picking points up wherever they go. But they are facing a West Ham side who’s tails are up, and are hungry for more away success. 

A tough one to predict, but a share of the spoils wouldn’t be a bad punt in by book.

Let’s hope it’s even better!


Where was the Shout? podcast will have a new episode online next Monday

& us presenters will be appearing on Jimmy Bullards Kick Off LIVE this Friday @ 7pm on London Live 

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