WHO Poll
Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons

Alan 2:23 Sat Nov 14
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United are not discussing bringing Juventus and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 35, back to the club. (Manchester Evening News)

Liverpool are ready to make an offer to Olympiakos for Portuguese defender Ruben Semedo, 26, to cover for the injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez. (Sic Noticias, via Express)

Real Madrid believe they might be able to sign France striker Kylian Mbappe for about £160m if the 21-year-old does not sign a new deal with Paris St-Germain. (AS)

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and captain Sergio Ramos will make an announcement about the 34-year-old Spanish defender's future on Monday. (AS)

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng, 32, has admitted surprise at speculation that he could leave the club at the end of the season and join Tottenham. (Suddeutsche Zeitung, via Teamtalk)

Denmark playmaker Christian Eriksen, 28, has suggested he could leave Inter Milan after struggling for playing time at the Italian club. (Star)

Manchester United are interested in Braga's 21-year-old Portuguese defender David Carmo as they seek a left-sided centre-back. (ESPN, via Mail)

France manager Didier Deschamps says Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, 27, has been "impacted mentally" by a "club situation that is not positive". (Mirror)

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti is to step up his campaign to bring Real Madrid's 28-year-old Spanish midfielder Isco to Goodison Park. (Le10 Sport - in French)

Spanish defender Eric Garcia remains quiet on his Manchester City future amid continued speculation that a return to Barcelona is on the cards for the 19-year-old. (El Mundo, via Manchester Evening News)

Wolves and Mexico striker Raul Jimenez, 29, has revealed that Manchester United were one of the clubs to have made an approach to sign him in the summer transfer window. (TUDN, via Metro)

Manchester United are reportedly considering a summer move for Borussia Dortmund defender Dan-Axel Zagadou in the summer. (Calciomercato, via Manchester Evening News)

Everton's Turkish striker Cenk Tosun, 29, is not thinking about a return to Besiktas, but that situation could change if the Blues sign another striker. (asistanaliz.com, via Sport Witness)

Brazilian centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes, 22, says that he didn't have to think twice about joining Arsenal from Lille in September when the offer was made. (Arsenal Player, via Standard)

Former Newcastle United and England winger John Barnes believes a mid-table finish for the Magpies would represent a good season. (PlayOjo, via Newcastle Chronicle)

Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl has played down the prospect of 23-year-old German midfielder Florian Neuhaus leaving the club to join Bayern Munich. (Sport1, via Goal)

Former Arsenal great Cesc Fabregas admits Gunners manager Mikel Arteta is under pressure and needs to string some results together. (90min)

Scotland fan and Tartan Army member Sir Rod Stewart says he will move his wedding anniversary celebrations in order to watch Steve Clarke's side against England at Wembley in the Euros next June. (Talksport)


How has West Ham's Jarrod Bowen adjusted to David Moyes' system?

Jarrod Bowen arrived at West Ham United with a reputation for regularly finding the net following a glowing stint with Hull City in the Championship.

The Hammers moved for Bowen on January deadline day at the start of this year at a time when the club were crying out for inspiration.

Fears of relegation were rife at the time of his arrival but, although Bowen didn't quite manage to rediscover the potency he displayed in the Championship, David Moyes eventually managed to steer the east London outfit clear of the relegation zone.

A return of one goal and four assists showed that the left-footed assassin had potential to thrive at the elite level, and another three goals in his first eight games this season have further showcased his prowess in front of goal.

But while Bowen continues to find his feet in his new environment, it is intriguing to note how his role has fundamentally changed since he signed for West Ham.

Working within the parameters of Moyes' rigid system, one which demands defensive discipline from back to front, the 23-year-old has been forced to tweak his style.

Using data acquired from Twenty3, it is clear that the freedom Bowen enjoyed at Hull hasn't been afforded to him at West Ham and his statistical output reveals how he has adapted.

In the Irons' system Bowen has improved on some of the defensive aspects of his game, engaging in more pressing duels and completing more ball recoveries in the opponents half as a result.

Meanwhile, his tendency to drive at opponents with the ball at his feet, typically slaloming inside from the right touchline, has reduced somewhat. With the Tigers he attempted 5.38 dribbles per game across the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons, but that number has reduced to just 3.31 at West Ham this season.

What Bowen has lost in dribbling he has made up for in a rise in link-up plays, which, when juxtaposed with his dribbling stats, suggests he is embracing a more selfless role in the side and utilising other weapons in his armoury.

The contrast can also be explained by the respective standards of Premier League and Championship defenders, but there is no doubt that Moyes' philosophy has played a decisive role in turning Bowen into a more complete attacking player.

He has not managed to establish himself as the type of talismanic figure that saw him regularly earn gushing praise in the second tier, but there are certainly positive signs to suggest Bowen, who is valued at £25.2m by Transfermarkt, is meeting the demands bestowed upon him by his new boss.

With both the willingness to adapt and the capacity to cause damage with the ball at his feet, Bowen looks likely to go from strength to strength as the season unfolds.


SWN view: West Ham ace and Owls target Nathan Holland could be ready for January move

According to a report by ExWHUemployee, reported Sheffield Wednesday target Nathan Holland has returned to fitness and could be ready for a January move.

The Hammers youngster started last season on fire in the youth leagues.

Holland, an England U19 international, scored 11 goals and posted a further six assists in 12 Premier League 2 matches, prompting plenty of interest.

Football Insider claimed Sheffield Wednesday were among those keen on him.

Holland moved to Oxford United on loan in the second half of last season, but his spell with the club was cut short through injuries and later the global health pandemic.

Football Insider claimed West Ham were open to selling Holland in the summer, originally valuing him at £2 million but open to receiving a fee of around half that amount.

A transfer, however, never materialised with the wide man nursing a hamstring injury.

But now, ExWHUemployee claims Holland is back to full fitness and raring to go.

Wednesday have just hired manager Tony Pulis as Garry Monk’s successor. While the former Boro man will have his own targets in mind, a new wide player is a priority.

Adam Reach has often filled in at left wingback due to a lack of options, while Elias Kachunga – another wide option – has been mainly used as a centre-forward so far.

Holland could be a decent option for the Owls, and he represents a long-term solution.

Football Insider also added how David Moyes doesn’t see him ready for the Premier League yet. With a contract until 2022, he’s running out of time to make an impression in east London.


First Soucek, now Yarmo …so why an international break?

News that Andriy Yarmolenko has tested positive demonstrates the absolute folly of international breaks during the present world health situation.

Last time around it was Tomas Soucek who was forced into self isolation – this time it’s Yarmo who has had enough bother in his life so far this season.

One has to assume that checks are regularly made on the countries that can and can’t be visited but even regardless of that, this virus appears to know no borders anyway.

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Mex Martillo 8:05 Sat Nov 14
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Have to say your newspapers are one of the very few WHO threads on football these days. I know it international break, but WHO doesn’t have much focus on football anymore...
Sad, really losing it’s interest to me.

the exile 5:03 Sat Nov 14
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Hope we make sure there's a buy-back clause for Holland.

Texas Iron 3:32 Sat Nov 14
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Texas Iron 3:32 Sat Nov 14
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ted fenton 3:05 Sat Nov 14
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Thanks Alan 2:34 Sat Nov 14
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Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 2:34 Sat Nov 14
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Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 2:34 Sat Nov 14
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Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 2:34 Sat Nov 14
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Thanks Alan

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