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Thoughts from The Kiwi Hammer: Part III

Tottenham was a tasty affair, but that doesn’t even come close to what I’m thinking

Shrewsbury Town v West Ham United - The Emirates FA Cup Third Round
HART’S HEART: Joe Hart leads West Ham United out for the second half of the Emirates Third Round FA Cup tie against Shrewsbury Town F.C

Time to do it all again as we have another ‘Thoughts from The Kiwi Hammer’

Full Time: Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 West Ham United.

Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United - Premier League
OBI-OBI-OBIANG: Pedro Obiang scored an absolute belter against Tottenham Hotspur, clocking in at 80.6 miles per hour!
Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Pedro Obiang. 80 miles per hour. Hueng-Min Son admitted that Pedro’s goal was better than his, and most of the Social Media world tend to agree. With Obiang’s 70th minute volley, he managed to send West Ham United up 1-0 before Son’s similar strike equalized Tottenham Hotspur.

Once again, the draw means West Ham United are undefeated at Wembley since 1980 (the draw with Liverpool for the 2006 FA Cup was just a draw, before penalties) which is good news indeed, however it showed where we need reinforcements as we’re entering Week Two of the January Transfer Window.

Midfielder, Defender and a goalkeeper could come in tasty before the beginning of the 2018/19 Premier League season, but in saying that, we may end up with a couple of nobody’s and more broken promises from the Owners, Chairman and Board regarding transfers.

Full Time: Shrewsbury Town 0-0 West Ham United.

Shrewsbury Town v West Ham United - The Emirates FA Cup Third Round
JOE HART: He returned to Shrewsbury Town with the Captain’s Armband

Joe Hart had a decent game against his former club as West Ham United drew with League One side Shrewsbury Town. Despite the score remaining 0-0, a few moments popped up which definitely are worth mentioning.

Josh Cullen and Reece Burke finished their loan spells at Bolton Wanderers on January 1 and returned to London for training with the rest of the club. As fate would have it, both players were selected for the Starting XI, along with Toni Martinez, Martin Samuelsen, Sead Haksabanovic, Dominigos Quina, Moses Makasi and Vashon Neufville all on the bench, alongside goalkeeper Adrian.

It was good to see the Youth players finally getting a chance to prove themselves outside of the U23 Development. Toni Martinez managed to make his long-awaited debut as well, and it’s hoped he becomes a real challenger for the match day squads as well.

As it’s been reported absolutely everywhere, Joe Hart made his long-awaited return to Shrewsbury Town in what turned out to be a boring game all round. Wearing the skippers armband, Hart pulled off a couple of important saves, but unfortunately, the team dynamic lacked, thus leaving the scoreline at 0-0. The replay will be played at London Stadium.

Transfer Rumours:

Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
BALLER: Swansea City’s Alfie Mawson has emerged a January Transfer target as David Moyes looks to strengthen his weakening defense
Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

Swansea City’s Alfie Mawson has emerged as a January target as David Moyes looks to add more strength to the defense. Reports suggest the Board are prepared to quadruple his pay packet to acquire his services from Wales.

With Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere seemingly out of question now, attention has shifted to Liverpool where Philippe Coutinho has been sold on to Barcelona for 140-million odd pounds. Many West Ham fans have become increasingly concerned with another Liverpool advance for Manuel Lanzini, whom has emerged a target for the Merseyside outfit. This will remain a ‘wait-and-see’ until something major pops up, but for now, I’d classify this as mild speculation at this point in time.

Joe Hart has peaked the interest of newly-promoted Newcastle United with Rafa Benitez seemingly interested in acquiring the 30-year old shot-stopper’s signature, however Benitez does have a small collection of goalkeepers with Rob Elliot, Karl Darlow and Freddie Woodman appearing in the sticks for the Magpies. Should Manchester City agree, Hart could leave West Ham United for the long trip up to the North-east.

Should any of these transfers come to fruition, the team here at Brace the Hammer will keep you up to date.

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