Asked who has most impressed West Ham supporters this season, our “Who are You?” interviewee, David Blackmore, editor the Blowing Bubbles online and print fanzine, unsurprisingly replies: “Payet. Full stop. The man’s a genius.”
Big Sam will not have needed David’s confirmation of the obvious major source of threat to Sunderland on Saturday, the last time this fixture will take place at Upton Park. Dimitri Payet, from La Reunion, that volcanic portion of France that lies in the Indian Ocean, has been a revelation in the Premier League.
But he is not the only one. The Hammers are not pushing for Europe and in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup because of one man. Slaven Bilic has them playing often excellent football and dangers to our defence will present themselves from several positions.
It’s another momentous match for Sunderland. With Newcastle’s game postponed, another win would lift us out of the drop zone unless Norwich won at Leicester. Even a draw would be good enough in the event of Norwich losing or drawing.
Bill Cowell, who won the competition regularly when prizes were at stake, correctly predicted 2-1 versus Man Utd (as did Monsieur Salut on tour at ESPN). Let’s hope at least one reader correctly plumps for an away win at the Boleyn.
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And come back for David Blackmore’s excellent “Who are You?” interview tomorrow.
Ha’way the Lads.