FM21-The West Ham Rebuild-EP2
22/23 Season 30 Games In
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Hello boys, girls and everything in between. It’s me Bad jokes back at ya once again with another blog. Today we’re looking at how the West Ham Rebuild has started with the first 30 league games of the 22/23 Championship season having been played. We’re expected to make an immediate return to the premiership so let’s see how we’ve been getting on.
. The Media made us odds-on favourites to win the Championship which shouldn’t be a surprise considering we had a summer transfer window spend of £64 million and have an annual wage bill of £56.9 million which is £24.4 million more than the next largest bill which is being paid by Sheffield United who came down from the premiership with us last season. Another reason to be hopeful is that we have 8 players in the media dream eleven for the year ahead.
The Carabao cup was our first chance of silverware this season, and I decided early on to take the competition seriously as with the squad we have I really thought we would have an outside chance of winning it. However, that wasn’t to be but we did have a good run including a fantastic come from behind 2-1 win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium thanks to a last-minute Moise Keane screamer!
Our exit came in the quarter-finals during a sticky run of form in the league where we were chopping & changing formation and we didn’t click against Premier League side Wolves and we deservedly got beat 2-1.
The Fa cup
Our Fa Cup run began with our last game of December as we travelled to Cardiff and despite dominating the game, we only scored the once in the 63rd minute thanks to Rony Lopes, but Cardiff equalised in the 81st minute and held on to take us penalties. We kept our nerve better than the hosts as we scored all 4 of our penalties with Hamza Choudhury scoring the winning spot-kick to send us to the 4th round.
The 4th round game saw us welcome Leeds to the London Stadium for our 6th game out of 8 in January. The number of games really caught up with us here as we tried to attack and went in level at
1-1 at the break but our legs out gave out towards the end and Leeds took advantage to score two late on to knock us out of the Fa Cup.
With this season including the first-ever winter World cup in Qatar, our season began Earlier than ever before as we kicked the season off on the 23rd of July with a 1-0 win over QPR. That started us off on a run of 16 games without losing that went all the way through to October.
The run included great 5-0 wins over Bristol City & Forest Green in August. September carried on in the same vein as we got a great 3-1 win over Blackburn Rovers in a top of the table clash. We followed that up with a 4-0 win against Swansea as Campana and Lopes both scored twice.
October was going in the same fashion as we got victories over Sheffield United, Cardiff City,& Watford thanks to a last-minute winner from Fernandez off the bench. Leonardo Campana then wrote himself into West Ham folklore and ensured he would never have to buy a pint in east London ever again as he scored a hat-trick against Millwall to help us to a 4-0 win.
After that unbelievable high we got brought back down to earth as we finally lost our next game vs Middlesbrough. The game arguably should have been a draw but we went very attacking late on trying to get the winner but Morsy’s shot from the edge of the box was parried by Audero right into Walker’s path 2 yards out and he tapped the ball home. We got back to perfect form after that as we beat Coventry 3-0, Hull 1-0 & Stoke 2-1. That took us to 20 games played in the league, and we were joint top of the table with Blackburn & 6 points clear of Sheffield United in 3rd.
December saw us pick up 2 wins out of 3 in the league, including a 4-1 win over Portsmouth, in which Suphanat Mueanta became the first-ever Thai player to score in English professional football.
Sheffield Wednesday gave us our 2nd defeat of the season in a game we lost 2-1, thanks to a Helander own goal. We dominated the game and Wednesday finished with just 2 shots 1 of which was on target and an Xg of 0.07. If anyone has had a bigger FMing this year please show me it as I think this will be hard to beat.
We started January very poorly by our standards, as we drew 1-1 versus Bristol City, and then missed the chance to open a gap at the top of the table as our game vs Blackburn also ended in a 1-1 draw.
Following our exit in the Carabao cup, we got back to form in the league as we won our last 4 games of the month, we beat Reading 3-1, then QPR 6-0 in a game where we finished with an Xg of 4.09 & looked unplayable as everyone got a Rating of at least 7.00. Our last 2 games of the month saw us get victories against Forest Green 3-1 and Derby 2-0.
So after 30 games played, were starting to open a gap between us & Blackburn with us now leading the way by 5 points and looking pretty good for at least an automatic promotion spot. Also, our goal difference has improved in the last ten games and now sits at plus 57.
Just before we go let’s have a look at the top 5 players so far for us this season.
1st place is Rony Lopes, who has played in 32 games, scored 10 goals got 14 assists, been man of the match 7 times and got an average rating of 7.38. This is a loan signing I’ve been very happy with and if we go up I will certainly be trying to get him to join permanently.
2nd place is Leonardo Campana, He has played in 29 games, scored 19 goals, got 6 assists, been man of the match 6 times and got an average rating of 7.34. Campana has really repaid the faith we put in him after we paid 15 million pounds for him after a disappointing season at wolves last year if he carries on how he is i can see him being a key player for years and years for us.
3rd place is our left winger Said Benrahma, who has played in 32 games scoring 14 times, set up 14 goals, been man of the match 4 times and got an average rating of 7.27. Said has been as exciting to watch this season as he is IRL I love how he runs and takes people on. I cant wait to see how he does in the premier league next season.
4th spot goes to Filip Helander who has started in 34 games, wins 1.23 tackles per 90 minutes, has completed 94% of his passes and has won 108 headers in all competitions this season which gives him an average rating of 7.21. Helander has shown I was right to jump at the chance to work with him again when I saw he was available on loan from PSG as he has been super solid and reliable in our defence.
5th place is our left wing-back Adam Masina who has played in 30 games and won 1.94 tackles per 90 minutes, completed 92% of passes and completed 83% of his tackles which all adds up to an average rating of 7.17.
Catch ya later
Guys & Girls Thank you so much for reading this I hope you’ve enjoyed it, as ever if you have any comments please leave them down below or let me know on Twitter. Do you think we’re going to hold on and win the championship or are we going to bottle it? We will have all the answers in the next post. Also I’m going to be releasing the first episode of the FM Writers Podcast this week if you’re interested in listening to that or being a guest on the podcast please follow the FMwritersPod Twitter account for all the info. Last but not least happy Christmas everyone I know its a weird one this year but I hope you all still enjoy it and most importantly stay safe. I’ll catch you all next time.