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eusebiovic 5:23 Wed Jul 17
The Annual West Ham Defensive Midfielder Situation
Just in the interest of balance...considering the other thread

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rochesterjohn 2:01 Sun Jul 21
Re: The Annual West Ham Defensive Midfielder Situation
We have a mindset of going one way only, a DM is not on the agenda anytime soon, maybe in January...

Willtell 2:00 Sun Jul 21
Re: The Annual West Ham Defensive Midfielder Situation
Pellegrini has said we're done now but I suspect we'll get last minute frees or loans still...

ironsofcanada 1:44 Sun Jul 21
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We were in for Medel when we thought he was available on a free, according to the manager.

No idea if there is even paper talk about it more recently.

Willtell 1:41 Sun Jul 21
Re: The Annual West Ham Defensive Midfielder Situation
Mark Noble was never a real Defensive Midfielder though was he? He's a box to box player that's quite good without being outstanding.

I like Rice there. He's solid but already learnt to avoid giving away fouls on the edge of the box by trying to stick a hopeful foot in when players go past him. It's often better to let them go to the central defenders than give away a foul and get a yellow or red card.

Sanchez isn't as bad as fans tend to make him out to be. He is prone to soppy lapses and giving away bad fouls in what is clearly his final season at top level. I hope we don't have to rely on him too often and I suspect that is why we were linked with Medel until his price went up...

ironsofcanada 12:31 Sun Jul 21
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I have watched Gary Medel off and on for few years in Europe (he plays in the same midfield as the former Canadian captain).

Not sure he offers a lot more that Mark Noble other than some pace and he does not having the passing.

He has a engine, is shorter than Noble, will put himself about like Noble often into tackles you wished he wouldn't.

Considering Hutchinson (the captain mentioned above) played more minutes at 36 than Medel and looked way too slow in international play this summer. I am not sure the pace thing is well judged in the Turkish league as well.

I don't remember him with Cardiff honestly.

CryBabies 9:19 Sun Jul 21
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The passing of Shelves from the DM position is fantastic. I'm not sure if we have somebody who can do that, or they just don't have the outlets to pass to.

Peckham 1:25 Sun Jul 21
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Gary Medal all day long. Just a season. He can do the job. Next season look for a 45 mil or whatever marque DM. But medal has the metal to tackle tough and boss a midfield and terrorise attackers. At 31 thinking a stop gap, due to having a quality back bone of players around him. Go all out on a younger long term option when we have the funds. Be grateful Rice committed and didn't fuck off, the monster and the general solid pairing, and happy as larry with Haller, who does track back when needed and far from lazy.

After8 10:31 Sat Jul 20
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If rice gets injured, we're screwed.

Athletico Easthamico 7:17 Sat Jul 20
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Would Gary Medel be such a bad option if Obiang goes?

Can't see us shifting Sanchez.

Stubbo 5:31 Sat Jul 20
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MVF was known almost universally as Marc Vivien Slow at the time as he was pretty pedestrian and I think people recall him through rose tints, in a good side.

Norflundon 5:09 Sat Jul 20
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We have plenty of midfielders I think anybody would happily see obiang and especially Sanchez replaced an absolute terrible player how he’s managed to get 80 bags a week he must have the worlds best agent, there’s no way we’ll find somebody stupid enough to pay him that
We desperately need a left back

eusebiovic 12:05 Sat Jul 20
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I'd be quite happy if we could get Issac Hayden...meets the homegrown player quota too...Apparently, he's a Chelmsford boy - no guarantee he's a Hammer but he was Arsenal youth.

We might need to sell a couple of players though...Obiang looks on the way out for £8m so maybe him and one more could fund the reported £15m fee

Johnson 9:30 Sat Jul 20
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Foe was disliked by a lot of fans during his time with us, especially on this website.l

Parker was 10 times better than Foe in the same position, at times Kouyate was 10 times better than Foe.

Rice is clearly first choice in the position but our back ups in Sanchez (dogshit) and Obiang (shit and leaving anyway) need improving on.

However as has been commented, the BERKS have their lapdogs our pleading poverty and suggesting Sullivan has already loaned the club money to pay the first instalment for Haller which does cause the question:

WHERE’S ALL THE MONEY GONE?

Eerie Descent 8:55 Sat Jul 20
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Foe GOOD, Parker SHIT.

Blimey.

Mex Martillo 8:47 Sat Jul 20
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With the rise of Rice this is just WHO bollocks. We have good cover for Rice, agreed an upgrade on Sanchez and Obiang would be good if possible, but not a big priority.

arsegrapes 4:04 Sat Jul 20
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Oh and Scotty was good at going around in little circles, stopping then going back around the other way I’ll give you that, didn’t get us any further up the pitch mind.

arsegrapes 4:02 Sat Jul 20
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Fraser, Song was immense for six months agreed, although one Swallow doesn’t maketh a summer.

Eerie I agree MVF was no Kante, but I recall he was better than anything else we have had in that position.

The main point here is the failure by so many successive managers to address and overlook this issue when so many supporters can see it.

martinbritt_63 1:34 Sat Jul 20
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Eerie
Totally agree - what wouldn't we give for a fully functioning Scott Parker ?

Like Joni sang - you don't know what you've got till it's gone...

SUM A DING WONG 8:13 Fri Jul 19
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Thing is we should have known that Sanchez was too slow.

Still, at least we didn't pay a fee for - small mercies and all that.

White Pony 7:57 Fri Jul 19
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So what you're saying is, he can make a pass if nobothanoes anywhere near him. Well, I'm reassured. Being 2% better than Kouyate isn't quite what we need to replace Kouyate. So yeah your conclusion is correct.

SUM A DING WONG 7:39 Fri Jul 19
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White Pony,

When Sanchez isn't being pressed he's able to makke forward and one touch passes. You can see that,. Kouyate would generally fuck passes up even when he was not under pressure.

Sanchez has next no movement or pace so is caught in possession or mistimes a challenge. He's not suited to the pace of the English game.

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