Pre-season is full of chores. Fitness working, technical training, travels to the far side of the world and back, and most importantly, in our new super inter-connected society, media work.
West Ham United may have only recently returned from their brief excursion to China but plans are already well underway to collect an arsenal of appropriate material for next season’s graphics.
Lucky for us all, we caught a glimpse of the exciting behind-the-scenes action at West Ham’s training ground via the club’s Instagram page.
New signing Pablo Fornals, who joined from La Liga side Villareal in June for £24m, looks the part with his salute and presumably we’ll see it in all its glory when he scores.
Jack Wilshere is up next with a hearty fist bump plucked straight from the pirate handbook (argh).
It would be nice to see this graphic in action this season, but the reality is that his knees, or any other part of his frail body for that matter, are likely to literally – not literally – spontaneously combust a few games in, as they have done 15 separate times in his career .
Wilshere’s missed 185 games through injury, in case you were wondering).
Does what it says on the tin. Expect to see this one when a VAR decision is made at the London Stadium, followed by either cheers or groans.
West Ham begin their 2018/19 campaign on August 10th against last year’s champions, Manchester City.