West Ham United in a better place than last season

Ross Houston
August 13, 2017

It is the way I trust the player is going to perform.

He admits it will be a odd experience to line up at his old stomping ground in the colours of a different team, but says he will not allow sentiment to cloud his focus. It's not just for his qualities but my relation with him and the way I know him'.

After surrendering 39 goals last season, Man City made it a top priority to address the backend this off-season, and they did exactly that with the acquisitions of Ederson Moraes in goal and defenders Kyle Walker and Danilo.

Fuelled by an historically lavish spending spree, the English Premier League returns this weekend in a hotly-anticipated new season. In attack, they were exhilarating at times a year ago, the best in the league, and if they get a decent amount of games out of Vincent Kompany, then it may well be a no-contest.

The three sides that came up from the Championship are amongst them, obviously, though with Rafa Benitez at the helm, Newcastle should have a much more comfortable time of it than the other two, so long as the Spaniard doesn't fall out with Mike Ashley.

"He's one of those players that gives me what I like in players which is consistency".

"There are a lot of variables that aren't easy but from the outside, it does seem odd to let that player go to a direct rival - and he will improve them".

The Red Devils have failed to mount a serious challenge for the title since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down in 2013 but club captain Carrick insists expectations are high this season under Jose Mourinho.

"I mean he's been questioned about scoring in the big games, but that was a big problem for United past year, beating teams at home, teams they should beat, so I think he'll help with that". I just think the competition can be better than ever'.

"It was certainly a position that Manchester United as a team needed to strengthen, and they've gone and done it with Matic".

"Of course, for the next three, four years, Manchester City is going to buy one, two players (each window)".

After scoring five times during the second half of last season, Ayew will hope to lead West Ham's attack, even if a lot more will be expected of hitman Chicharito. "We managed to assimilate very well what he asked us in the training sessions and things worked out". We were playing a team full of fantastic players, we discussed the result until nearly the end.

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