All West Ham Players Fighting For Their Place
Alan Pardew, clearly relishing the opportunity to splash some cash in January, has warned his players that they are all fighting for their places in the West Ham first team,
"The players need to establish themselves to nail down their position before Christmas. But they are all eager to show what they can do. We have followed a course here of buying the best English talent available but that doesn’t mean we haven’t looked worldwide and will continue to do so."
I suspect that Pardew's thinking is similar to Trevor Brooking's, who this week said that West Ham needed to be wary of having too large a squad and that the new owners, whilst seemingly ready to spend some money in January, will not want to stretch the player wage bill too far. Therefore it is likely that one or two players will also be leaving in January.
Pardew after meeting Jooarbchian two weeks ago claimed that Tevez and Mascherano were likely to remain at Upton Park. Who then will be leaving? The Sun for one claim that West Ham will sell Carlton Cole who has started just one game for the Hammers this season.