One of London’s leading teams, West Ham United, is going through ups and downs this year. Last season, they ranked 7th and got a ticket to the Europa Conference League (UECL) and advanced to the semifinals, beating AZ Alkmaar (Netherlands) 2-1 in the first leg. On the 19th (Korean time), as long as there is a tie in the second leg of the away game, it will go to the final.
However, the league results are not to my liking. 15th with 37 points. Even if they only draw one draw in the remaining two games, there is no big burden because it is confirmed to remain, but compared to last season, it is regrettable that their performance has fallen too much.
The side of the team is not bad. From goalkeeper Ukasz Fabianski to defenders Kurt Zouma and Emerson, midfielders include Mohamed Saeed Benrama and Lucas Paqueta, as well as top midfielder Declan Rice, who is rumored to be transferring.
Compared to other teams, the attacking team lacks weight, but Gianluca Scamaka and Danny Ings are out due to injury. Resources with a sense of goal, such as Jarod Bowen and Antonio, are running around.
However, they cannot accurately cut the net. It is a pity that the back support is somewhat lacking, and there is a tendency to not easily break through the opponent’s defense in individual skills.
The British popular magazine ‘Mirror’ reported the situation of West Ham on the 18th and said, ‘West Ham draws a game to win and loses a match to draw. If you let go of the flow, you won’t be able to recover easily. This is especially the case with teams with similar strength or playing styles. It was the same in matches against neighboring teams such as Brighton and Hove Albion, Brentford and Arsenal,’ he pointed out.
This is like pointing out the leadership of director David Moyes. Moyes joined West Ham in December 2019. His relationship with 31 games from November 2017 to the end of the 2018 season served as a force to rebuild West Ham in crisis.
He has a contract with West Ham until the summer of 2024. However, there is a possibility that the companionship will end when this season is over. Candidates have already appeared. The media said, ‘West Ham have dropped Paulo Fonseca, who directs OSC Lille, as a replacement for Moyes this summer.’
The Portuguese tactician Fonseca has put Lille in 5th place with 60 points from the 35th round this season. These are the results of qualifying for the Europa League (UEL) and the Europa Conference League (UECL). It is a clear change compared to last season when they finished 10th with 55 points.
Of course, the 2020-21 season was the result of the season after Lille won the Ligue 1 championship, so there was a rollercoaster ride, but anyway, it is positive that Fonseca is training Lille well in his first season.
Fonseca has a contract until the summer of 2024. The media said, ‘Fonseca has been nominated for the Ligue 1 manager award this season. He explains that he is showing a strategy for a good attack by helping well with players with outstanding talent. 안전놀이터
In fact, Canadian national team player Jonathan David is running third in the scoring category with 21 goals. He also discovered young players such as Mohamed Bayo, Angel Gomes and Timothy Weah well.
However, it is unclear whether Fonseca’s recruitment will actually take place. There must be an agreement between the two clubs. For West Ham, it is attractive that Fonseca has experience in directing regular teams in European club competitions such as FC Porto, SC Braga, Shakhtar Donetsk and AS Roma. It is more so because if you win the UECL this season, you will get a UEL ticket.