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Enner Valencia scored his first Premier League goal with a stunning strike from deep range and the Hammers erased two deficits to grab a point on the road in a 2-2 draw with Hull City.

After impressing on a global stage in this summer's World Cup, Valencia showed today just how dangerous and special he is. Down 1-0 in the 50th minute, he took a nonchalant pass from Stewart Downing, dribbled methodically to his right, then fired a 25 yard cannon into the top corner which could not have been struck any harder. An own goal by Hull's Curtis Davies would give the Hammers it's second equalizer as the two sides played to an exciting draw. It's pretty clear the path to scoring for West Ham right now is the link between Downing and Valencia. Both are viable fantasy options in plus matchups right now.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 15 - 5:00 PM

Morgan Amalfitano and Alex Song have both integrated well into the West Ham but they lack match fitness and aren't likely to start.

Sam Allardyce confirmed both new signings have integrated well into the squad and have had time to get up to speed. But he also mentioned how Song is short of match fitness and Amalfitano didn't train for 14 days prior to moving to London. With that said, both are likely going to start on the bench against Hull City this weekend.
Sep 12 - 11:44 PM

James Collins returns to West Ham's squad after recovering from a hamstring problem.

Collins was sent off during his first Premier League match of the season and then struggled with the injury so Sam Allardyce might decide to play James Tomkins in his place. Either way, it's a risky move to play him away from home against a team that added a ton of attacking pieces in the transfer window. Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll are still missing long term.
Sep 12 - 11:40 PM

Enner Valencia should provide West Ham a big boost in attack as he returns to full fitness.

Valencia had struggled to get fully fit after the World Cup this summer but is now back at full fitness and should help West Ham in attack. The Hammers have once again been horrific going forward but Valencia has the finishing touch needed to get them some goals. If Mauro Zarate continues playing well and Valencia gets in form, West Ham may finally have a decent attack. We wouldn't bank on either of them in fantasy until goals happen.
Sep 11 - 10:29 PM

West Ham are reportedly interested in acquiring Stuttgart striker Vedad Ibisevic over the winter transfer window.

The Hammers have already acquired Mauro Zarate, Enner Valencia, and Diafra Sakho on top of other supporting players this summer. They also spend a fortune on oft-injured striker Andy Carroll last summer but they haven't been able to cash in on any of their transfers and are still struggling in attack. We expect that someone will have to leave if they are to bring in another striker but whether that will be Carlton Cole or one of the new additions, we don't know.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 11 - 1:01 AM

Diafra Sakho is setting in great at West Ham and believes he can score a goal every home game this season.

Sakho is a fine player but only scored 44 goals in his 114 appearances for Metz, so the claim is a big one considering he is now in a tougher league. On top of that, West Ham are one of the worst attacking teams in the Premier League. Sakho could provide some upside in deep leagues but we wouldn't recommend him in most formats.
Source: Sky Sports
Sep 11 - 12:33 AM

Andy Carroll has started running for the first time since injuring ankle ligaments during West Ham’s preseason tour of New Zealand back in July.

Originally the problem was thought to be minor but after the $22 million target man returned to the UK further tests revealed a laxity in his ankle joint - a problem which has been exacerbated following a number of sprains in recent times. The decision was then taken for Andy Carroll to meet world renowned surgeon Dr Myerson who specialises in advanced foot and ankle reconstruction techniques in a bid to cure his ongoing problem and to help restore normal function and stability. Initially it was thought the procedure could keep the Hammers striker sidelined until the end of the year but it now looks like Carroll could return well ahead of schedule.
Source: The Mirror
Sep 9 - 6:25 PM

Sam Allardyce made a late move on deadline day to snatch up Morgan Amalfitano on a one year deal by way of Marseille.

The transfer fee is undisclosed at this time. After getting his feet wet in the Premiership while a loanee at West Brom last season, it appears Amalfitano has taken a liking to English club football. Outside of Stewart Downing and a currently crocked Matt Jarvis, the Hammers were without any weapons to deploy out wide and the Frenchman will help in strengthening that position.
Sep 1 - 6:28 PM

West Ham have officially acquired Barcelona's Alex Song on a year-long loan deal.

The midfielder has been relegated to a backup role in Barcelona but he is good enough to be a starter at West Ham. Despite seeming like a player way past his prime, he is surprisingly only 26 years old and will turn 27 later this month. He is not a great fantasy option as he is generally defensive minded and doesn't get many goals or assist. We'd avoid him for now.
Aug 30 - 4:22 PM

There has been very little improvement in West Ham's attack this season as they struggled to score in a 3-1 loss to Southampton.

West Ham were horrific in attack once again today after giving us some hope last weekend. It's been a on/off affair with this team this season, which is a slight improvement from the constant dull of last year. The good news is that Mauro Zarate has shown some promise, Stewart Downing has played better, and Enner Valencia is expected to return in week four. We are hopeful for more improvement with Valencia back but we are skeptical of a Sam Allardyce team performing well in attack.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 30 - 1:30 PM

West Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate is showing signs of being a solid points scorer in the Yahoo fantasy format

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce reckons Kouyaté reminds him of Patrick Vieira, and the new man at Upton Park has put in two powerful midfield performances already. He's intercepting passes, winning tackles and has registered an assist and two shots on target in his first two games, suggesting he could prove a very handy fantasy option as the season progresses.
Aug 29 - 4:39 AM

West Ham midfielder Matthew Jarvis is ruled out until mid September with a thigh injury.

Jarvis has been out for a few weeks now and continues to miss time with the thigh problem. He is losing his starting job to Steward Downing and Mauro Zarate while he continues to miss time and could find himself on the bench even when healthy. West Ham's attack has been better this season with Mauro Zarate and Enner Valencia and they should continue improving with or without Jarvis.
Aug 28 - 10:48 PM

Guy Demel started West Ham's midweek Capital One Cup match and looked healthy.

Demel is healthy again and has the right-back position to himself after his competition suffered injuries in recent weeks. West Ham have a good defense that is solid year after year and Demel should be a good pick for the next few weeks while he has the starting spot. On top of that, West Ham face an average squad in Southampton this week and could very well keep a clean sheet.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 28 - 10:41 PM

Carl Jenkinson has been ruled out until mid September with a hamstring strain.

Jenkinson has already been ruled out for the weekend match against Southampton and probably won't return until mid September. That is a big blow for the Hammers as they're already missing a half-dozen players in these early stages of the season. Injuries were a big problem for them last season too and they may want to get an upgrade in their training staff. The good news is that Guy Demel is back and will likely start at right-back this weekend.
Aug 28 - 10:34 PM

Injury concerns mount for West Ham United as Sam Allardyce could be without six first team members for the visit of Southampton this weekend.

Matt Jarvis (thigh), Carl Jenkinson and James Collins (both hamstring) were all rumoured to be close to a return on Saturday but the Hammers boss confirmed during todays press conference that the trio will remain out joining long-term absentees Andy Carroll (ankle) and Kevin Nolan (shoulder). After a disappointing defeat in the Capital One Cup West Ham will be happy to get back to domestic duty and will hope to build upon last weekend’s excellent win at Selhurst Park. Enner Valencia maybe restricted to a place on the bench despite his 120 minutes of play on Tuesday while strike partner Diafra Sakho will face a late fitness test after suffering a minor back problem.
Source: London24
Aug 28 - 8:02 AM

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