Big Sam's Big Mission at West Ham
The Barclays Premier League is about to approach the midway point and the top four of the League in fact three are familiar faces but there is a new face in the top four. This new face comes from London and has in fact been placed into football's "pop culture" with the film "Green Street". West Ham United has recently been enjoying a fantastic bout of form in the English Premier League this campaign. The Hammers find themselves currently in 4th place behind Manchester United by three points. Sam Allardyce's recent acquisitions and perhaps run of luck seems to be pleasing the West Ham supporters.
In the 2005 Donald Zuckerman and Deborah del Prete produced an independent film, which was directed by Lexi Alexander, called "Green Street." The film showed a view in the life and camaraderie involved in British "hooliganism" at football matches. Soon many would somewhat recognize the English Premier League from a brief scene when Charlie Hunnam consults Elijah Wood's character on the local "firms" and football clubs in metropolitan London. "West Ham's football is mediocre" well Pete Dunham (Charlie Hunnam’s character) today West Ham United's "mediocre" football has propelled them to fourth place in England.
The most recent matches this month of December saw the Hammers defeat Swansea City 3-1 and draw Sunderland 1-1. In the lead up to December Sam Allardyce's side also defeated West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United. The match against Swansea saw West Ham's giant of a center forward Andy Carroll net a brace and set up Daifra Sakho for the third goal. The Hammer's enjoyed dominating the match in terms of possession and opportunities made out shooting the Swans ten to seven. Although Sunderland did enjoy the majority of possession of the ball, in their most recent encounter at the Stadium of Light. West Ham again enjoyed having more goal scoring opportunities with ten shots on target to Sunderland's five.
Sam Allardyce brought in Mauro Zarate early in the summer transfer from Velez Sarsfield in Argentina. Zarate has only notched two goals for West Ham one being very memorable 20-yard volley on his competitive debut. Sam also purchased Daifra Sakho in the summer from the newly promoted French side Metz. Sakho notched a whopping 19 goals for Metz and was critical in the French side's promotion. Daifra Sakho currently has tallied the most goals for the Hammers with seven goals out of ten games. Finally onto the Ecuadorian from Pachuca Mexico, Enner Valencia was in fact one of Allardyce's big money purchase at the sum of £12 million. The young Ecuadorian from the Esmeraldas region had an immediate breakout at Pachuca. Valencia became Pachuca's top scorer that year in Liga MX netting 18 goals in 23 games. Enner most likely grabbed "Big Sam's" eye with his performance in the World Cup scoring three important goals for Ecuador, despite Ecuador going home after the group stage.
The Hammers last season ended up finishing in 11th place and currently look to be one of the most in form team to play against. The upcoming end of the year will be definitely a tough test for West Ham if they intend to remain in the top four. The Hammers entertain Leicester City this saturday which on paper the home side should easily acquire the three points. The following matches on Boxing Day and the 28th are back-to-back London Derbies. December 26th West Ham United will travel to the other side of London to take on current league leaders Chelsea in the "east west London Derby." Immediately after that match West Ham will stay at home at the Boleyn for another London Derby against Arsenal.
The current success of West Ham United has their supporters singing with much elation from the rafters of the Boleyn Ground. Many can hear the chant "WE'RE GOING TO EUROPE" echoing from the Hammer's supporters. If Sam Allardyce can keep his side healthy and in form as they currently are the Hammers can more than likely contend for that coveted fourth place and perhaps fifth to get in the Europa League.