Peter Crouch suggested that West Ham should have enough to stay up, when writing his column for the Daily Mail. The former Liverpool and Tottenham striker commented on the Grady Diangana situation as well.
Everything seems to be going wrong at the London Stadium at the moment. The fans are angry with the owners for selling Grady Diangana to West Brom.
That anger has been exacerbated by the Hammers’ failure to bring in any new signings, apart from the addition of Tomas Soucek earlier this summer.
Tensions between the fans and the board have been running high for months if not years, and it all reached boiling point last Friday when Mark Noble posted a tweet criticising the club’s decision to sell Diangana to West Brom.
Some pundits have suggested that the 33-year-old let the club down by doing so and caused further friction and resentment at the London Stadium. Let’s get it right though. Noble is a spokesman for the team. You can bet your life he would have spoken to his teammates before posting that tweet.
The Hammers skipper hasn’t caused the unrest at the club. David Sullivan, David Gold and Karren Brady have.
Relegation seems like a very real prospect for us this season. But Crouch backed West Ham to avoid the drop, when writing a column for the Daily Mail, whilst commenting on the Noble tweet situation:
“They will be all right but I would say strap yourself in because it is going to be a bumpy ride. I don’t envisage West Ham being relegated with David Moyes in charge, he’s too experienced. I’ve watched the situation over the last couple of weeks and I would say it took a fair bit of courage for Mark Noble to tweet his frustration over the sale of Grady Diangana to West Brom. The easy thing to do would have been to say nothing publicly and to bitch about it in the dressing room. Someone from the board will have spoken to Noble about it, I’m absolutely certain. But fair play for him having the conviction to speak up. He is the link between players and fans.”
Crouch is spot on about Noble’s tweet. Despite being labelled unprofessional by some, the skipper can hold his head up high.
Let’s hope that Crouch is right about us avoiding the drop as well. It may be a long and hard season ahead. But let’s stick together. We can, and will, emerge from all of this stronger.