Player News - West Ham United

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Mark Noble led West Ham to a huge win over West Brom by a score of 3-0.

Noble scored twice to give West Ham a very comfortable lead. He remains a solid midfielder but fantasy managers shouldn't expect to see this type of performance more than once a season. The other goal came from Cheikhou Kouyate, who is worth playing in very deep leagues only.
Apr 30 - 12:08 PM

Mark Noble did what Saido Berahino couldn't on the weekend and converted two penalties in West Ham's 3-1 win over Watford at Upton Park.

The Hammers kept their momentum going with an emphatic 3-1 win over sliding Watford in mid-week Premier League action. Dimitri Payet fed the resurgent Andy Carroll for the Hammers opener and then it was a Mark Noble penalty on either side of Sebastien Prodl's goal that yielded the final score. Adrian also made a big play denying Troy Deeney from the spot in stoppage time to ensure that the Hornets didn't have a late comeback in them.
Apr 20 - 4:41 PM

The absence of Diafra Sakho last weekend was shrouded in mystery. But speaking ahead of Wednesdays’ FA Cup quarter-final replay against Man United, Slavan Bilic boss confirmed: "The situation is very simple. He reported an injury after training on Friday."

A missed club signing followed by a cryptic social media post sent the rumour mill into overdrive on Saturday, there was talk of a falling out with Bilic and Sakho being disciplined by the club. Following the draw with Arsenal, the West Ham boss said the striker had "a minor knock" but Co-chairman David Gold suggested Sakho "didn’t feel well" which only served to fuel the fire. However, Head of Medical and Sports Science at the club - Stijn Vandenbroucke - issued an update on Tuesday confirming Sakho is injured: "Diafra picked up a minor right knee injury in training on Friday and we hope to see him back on the pitch either at the end of the week or the beginning of next week." Case closed.
Apr 12 - 4:30 PM

Andy Carroll's first start in over three months was a special one, as he scored all three of West Ham United's goals to guide the Hammers to a 3-3 draw with Arsenal.

Quite the inspirational team selection by Slaven Bilic. It appeared in the opening 35 minutes that it simply wouldn't be West Ham's day. Manuel Lanzini had a goal incorrectly ruled offside while Arsenal would take a two goal lead. Carroll cut the deficit in half with a signature header from an Aaron Cresswell on 44 minutes. On the final possession of the half, Mark Noble lifted a ball into the area and Carroll volleyed home superbly after pouncing on a deflection of his initial shot. Just seven minutes into the second half, he put the Hammers ahead with yet another header, this time from a Michail Antonio cross. They could not hold their lead and would settle for a point in an instant classic of a Premier League match.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 9 - 9:48 AM

West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate will be available for the club's showdown with Arsenal this weekend after seeing his red card repealed.

The club immediately appealed Kouyate's sending off in a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace on Saturday as the midfielder was set to serve a three-game ban. But Kouyate won his second appeal on 2016, the first came during the FA Cup win against Blackburn Rovers at the end of February, and will be immediately available for the club. Kouyate has started each of the last five Premier League matches since returning from a concussion and has started in 27 of the club's 31 matches this season.
Apr 5 - 12:36 PM

Dimitri Payet was once again incredible in West Ham's 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace today.

West Ham had the lead but a late red card for Cheikhou Kouyate resulted in Crystal Palace earning an equalizer through Dwight Gayle. It was an extremely exciting match that included a spectacular free-kick from Dimitri Payet, who got the ball over the wall and into the top-90 perfectly. Payet is the most in-form fantasy player at the moment and is worth every penny.
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 2 - 12:16 PM

James Tomkins (calf) has re-joined the first team in training but James Collins (hamstring) and Sam Byram will miss the game against Crystal Palace although the pair are progressing "really well."

Byram picked up an unspecified injury in training during the build-up to the London derby - at Stamford Bridge - in game week thirty-one and the defender is expected to be absent for another 7-10 days. Meanwhile, Collins returned to full training during the break but suffered a minor recurrence. Slaven Bilic also confirms that "some of our players are not back from international duty" which could leave them a little short for the Palace game. Victor Moses and Enner Valencia are among those who will be assessed.
Source: London 24
Mar 31 - 12:19 PM

French midfielder Dimitri Payet displayed some great skill in France's 3-2 win over the Netherlands and was praised by coach Didier Deschamps.

Payet created something at every chance he got and was just as good for France as he has been for West Ham. Deschamps has refused to give Payet a legitimate chance in the past and finally caved to public pressure this week. Payet is likely to be a France starter for the upcoming future as he is one of the best players on their roster.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 26 - 5:16 PM

Victor Moses is ineligible to face his parent club Chelsea tomorrow.

Victor Moses won't be able to face Chelsea tomorrow as that is part of his loan-contract that sent him to West Ham. Moses has not played well in recent weeks and has been relegated to a bench role, so he is not worth owning in regular leagues. You can feel free to drop him.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 18 - 10:30 PM

West Ham are hoping to see James Collins back in action within the next 2-3 weeks after the defender limped off against Tottenham due to a hamstring strain.

Collins sustained his first injury of the season during the 1-nil win over Spurs in game week twenty-eight and the club remain optimistic that the 32-year-old will be available after the international break. Enner Valencia (ankle), Joey O’Brien (hamstring) and Victor Moses (quadriceps) re-joined the group in training this week and all three come into contention for the FA Cup clash against Man United. Winston Reid will return on Friday although he will need more time. Meanwhile, James Tomkins is in the final stage of his rehabilitation after recovering from a calf injury.
Mar 10 - 8:51 AM

West Ham has moved into the top five and just one point back of fourth-place Manchester City after a late comeback victory against 10-man Everton.

Dimitri Payet led a furious comeback from down 2-0 in the last 15 minutes in the match with a goal and assist. Following Michail Antonio's goal in the 78th minute off a cross from Mark Noble, Payet sent a similar dangerous cross into the penalty area that found second-half substitute Diafra Sakho to knot things up at 2-2 in the 81st minute. Then, with just stoppage time to play, Sakho returned the favor by finding Payet making a run towards goal as the Frenchman redirected the pass into the back of the net to steal the three points. Even after Kevin Mirallas was sent off in the 35th minute with a 1-0 lead, the West Ham defense, depleted by injuries and starting Cheikhou Kouyate and Reece Oxford on the back-line, gave up another goal before the furious comeback began.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 5 - 12:16 PM

West Ham were clearly the better side and used an early goal by Michail Antonio to guide them to a 1-0 win over Tottenham.

The talk during the buildup to tonight's match was the chance for Spurs to claim the top spot in the table, but the Hammers have ambitions of their own for a top 4 spot and tonight's match was a huge step toward that goal. They took and early lead when Michail Antonio headed in a Dimitri Payet corner from the near post in the seventh minute. They kept the pressure on consistently in the first half but were unable to add to their lead. Things got worrisome in the second half as James Collins had to be removed with injury and fellow center back Angelo Ogbonna seemed to be struggling to play through a knock, but the defense were aided by some poor passing and decision making on behalf of Tottenham. Antonio has now scored or assisted in seven straight home games and has been a fine budget option in fantasy since beginning his run in Slaven Bilic's XI.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 2 - 5:00 PM

Michail Antonio continued a fine first season with West Ham United as he supplied the lone goal of the match to see the Hammers edge Sunderland, 1-0.

It took a long time for Antonio to crack Slaven Bilic's starting XI, but injuries to their midfield finally gave him his chance and he has taken it and run. Now with Manuel Lanzini, Dimitri Payet and Victor Moses all healthy, Antonio has kept his place and scored the match-winner on the half hour mark, curling a low left-footed drive into the far corner to score his fourth goal in his last nine league games. Adrian nearly made a tremendous error when he carelessly bobbled a ball that was deflected dangerously away from him, but the mistake did not cost him. The win lifts West Ham above Manchester United in the table and four points off a top four spot, but the clubs above and below them have a game in hand.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 27 - 9:43 AM

West Ham striker Enner Valencia is a major doubt for Saturdays’ early kick-off against Sunderland after Slaven Bilic revealed the Ecuadorian has met with a specialist to determine the extent of his ankle injury.

The Hammers boss was talking ahead of his sides’ game on Saturday: "Valencia has seen a specialist. We will know in the next few days if he has a part to play in the next week." However, the blow has been softened somewhat by the news that Andy Carroll will return to the squad after overcoming the minor groin problem which kept him out of the FA Cup win over Blackburn Rovers. James Tomkins and Joey O'Brien are both working on their rehab: "It will be a couple more weeks before they can start training again." Diafra Sakho and Winston Reid have trained this week but game week twenty-seven could come too early although they "will play their part in a busy schedule."
Feb 26 - 7:36 AM

West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate is available for the weekend after seeing his red card from the FA Cup match on Sunday repealed.

Kouyate was given a straight red after taking down Blackburn Rovers full-back Adam Henley as the referee deemed the chance a goalscoring opportunity. West Ham appealed the sending off based on video evidence that showed Henley's touch was too big and the ball was headed out of play before being brought down by Kouyate. The news means the midfielder is likely to start this weekend against Sunderland after missing the last two Premier League matches with a concussion. Kouyate could be a good fantasy pickup this week if your league favors defensive metrics or if you need a reliable starter on your bench with all the absentees this weekend due to the League Cup final.
Source: The Guardian
Feb 23 - 7:29 PM


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