With three games in less than seven days, it’s a busy week for West Ham.
That’s a lot to keep up with, so if you’ve missed anything, we’ve got you covered.
This is our weekly round-up, keeping you abreast of all this week’s goings on at the London Stadium.
The week that was
The week kicked off with a 0-0 draw against Chelsea, which ended Maurizio Sarri’s 100% start to life in England. Andriy Yarmolenko missed a second half sitter that would have clinched the points and Manuel Pellegrini didn’t even try to make excuses for his man.
Thoughts then turned to the midweek engagement with Macclesfield. Young hotshot Xande Silva was unfortunately ruled out with a hamstring injury.
As expected, Manuel Pellegrini rang the changes for the visit of Mark Yates’ side and still oversaw an 8-0 win. Youngsters Grady Diangana, Joe Powell and Conor Coventry made an impact, but Reece Oxford was part of a defeated Under 23 side. Liam Manning’s side lost 2-0 to Exeter in the Checkatrade Trophy.
The Macclesfield game was soured by injury to Carlos Sanchez, who may well be out for the season.
The Rice saga
The big story of the week is Declan Rice’s contract saga. Last weekend, the club and player were ‘miles apart’ in terms of coming to a deal; then West Ham’s confidence that he would sign a renewal grew.
That led Jamie Carragher to leap to Rice’s defence; he argued that the teenager should be treated as financial equal to his foreign team-mates.
The Hammers face Manchester United today, to kickstart what is sure to be another eventful week…