Tuesday, January 31, 2006


Tough Draw for Hammers; Gabri to Join

* West Ham have drawn Bolton away in the FA Cup. It's looking to be a tough side for West Ham's Cup bogey side, particularly after the Wanderers saw off Arsenal in the last round (and in the league, actually).

* Alan Pardew is reportedly on the brink of signing Barcelona fringe player Gabri on a three-year deal. The 26-year-old can play in defence or midfield and is likely to fill the vacant right-back position at the club.

* Dean Ashton is reportedly fit and fighting for a start at Highbury. I reckon there are two things Pardew can do: he could play a 4-5-1 with Ashton up front, Yossi in the hole and Marlon out on the right (Zamora on the bench), or stick with the current formation and leave Deano on the bench.

* Just as an aside, from the match reports I've seen, Danny Gabbidon played superbly against Blackburn. It's fantastic to see him pick himself up from his poor display against Fulham - but he has showed immense mental strength and in my mind is well in the running for Hammer of the Year.

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