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West Ham’s ‘Dream XI’ to face Spurs on Saturday

Date: 14th August 2014 at 12:30pm
Written by James Jones

It doesn't take a Hammers fans to tell you that West Ham appear to be taking a huge risk by sticking with manager Sam Allardyce. Allardyce was heavily criticised for his style of play last season, despite eventually steering the club to Premier League safety, and he hasn't exactly done himself any favours in pre-season either. The same ol' style with the same ol' results. Until their 3-2 win over Sampdoria last weekend, that is. The big man took a leaf out of Louis van Gaal's book with a 3-5-2 formation that excited the Hammers faithful, even if it did include Carlton Cole up front.  And that, I suspect, is exactly what the Hammers fans will be craving when arch rivals Tottenham arrive in East London on Saturday. So here's a look at West Ham's dream starting XI for Saturday's big kick-off... Goalkeeper - Adrian The Spanish keeper didn't take long to become something of a cult hero at the club following his arrival from Real Betis last summer. After spending the first half of the campaign playing second fiddle to veteran Jussi Jaaskelainen, the 27-year-old eventually forced his way in as the Hammers' number one with a number of impressive displays between the sticks. He ended the season as the club's Hammer of the Year runner-up, but did win 'Save of the Season' for a superb fingertip effort from Oscar against Chelsea, 'Best Individual Performance,' for his role in the same game at Stamford Bridge and 'Signing of the Season.' The West Ham faithful took to Adrian from the offset, mostly because of his clear passion on and off the field, as well as his regular compliments towards them via his twitter page. Thanks to all West Ham fans for your ... Read More


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