The sale of a promising young player and the club captain going on record to say he is not okay with it shows the growing frustration the club’s owners have with the fans.
David Moyes has the challenge to improve on West Ham’s league performance from last season. But with Grady Diangana going to potential relegation rivals West Brom, it’s a real kick in the teeth for the Scot.
In contrast, Newcastle have had a brilliant transfer window despite a collapse in their takeover deal – including the signing of Callum Wilson
The striker looks set to make his debut at the London Stadium and his record shows he loves a match against the Irons.
Wilson has scored seven in his eight meetings against the east London side and he will be keen to make his mark for his new side.
The potential link up play with midfielder Ryan Fraser is an added bonus to help the players gel with their new teammates as soon as possible.
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For West Ham, they will have a tough challenge to get their attack working but a pre-season under David Moyes could be the difference for the likes of Michail Antonio and Seb Haller at 4/1 and 11/2 to score first respectively.
The hosts could paper over the cracks with what is going on off-the-pitch and find the form that saw them beat the Magpies 2-0 back in March 2019 – the last time they picked up a win against Steve Bruce’s side.
Overall, I am expecting no clean sheets and both teams to go on the attack. However, I am expecting Newcastle to go home with all three points.
Callum Wilson to score first 6/1
Newcastle United to win and both teams to score 11/2