It’s been a quiet week for West Ham fans following their 4-0 drubbing against Manchester United. However, as the second game week edges ever closer, social media has been buzzing.
Hammers fans have voiced their opinions on a range of topics ahead of their game against Southampton and it looks set to be another nervy weekend for the Irons, who are expected to feature in a tight affair against the Saints.
Score predictions and statistics have been filtering onto social media all day as fans engage with each other, discussing the upcoming match.
As reported on West Ham’s official website, Slaven Bilic has also had his say on the tie with Southampton. He said: “They are a good team, and they were a good team last season, but we beat them 3-1 at their place and we have to find that level of performance again this weekend.”
Aside from West Ham’s fixture, their key centre-back Winston Reid has signed a new long-term contract, as also announced on the club’s official website.
The New Zealand international signs a deal that will see him stay until 2023, meaning he will potentially spend 13 years with the Hammers.
Another centre-back that has been discussed on Twitter by fans is Declan Rice. The youngster impressed against Manchester United last week, and fans have been voicing their opinion on his future.
Here’s what West Ham fans had to say on Twitter:
Score predictions and stats for Saturday’s clash with Southampton were provided aplenty…
Southampton vs West Ham has 0-0 written all over it
— Mark Francis (@MFrancisSport) August 18, 2017
Southampton can't BUY a goal. West Ham perfect visitors tomorrow. Normal service resumed I fear #WHUFC
— M I K E . L ?? (@MikeALines) August 18, 2017
West Ham vs Southampton in the Premier League
Losses: 10 pic.twitter.com/nWomHonIXI
— West Ham Stats (@WestHamStats) August 18, 2017
Southampton 0 West Ham 1 (Hernandez 17th)
— Bill ?The Hammer ? (@billbaggs1080) August 18, 2017
Southampton hasn't scored in a month but West Ham looked quite awful vs United. Not the same firepower but still expect goals #FPL
— Ball Don't Lie (@__BallDontLie) August 18, 2017
Swansea 0-3 Man United
Burnley 1-1 West Brom
Bournemouth 2-1 Watford
Southampton 1-0 Westham
Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea
— Bjarte. (@Limo_alan) August 18, 2017
Many were delighted that Winston Reid had signed a new deal…
— M. Blaylock (@mookieb84) August 18, 2017
— ?Matt? (@MGHAMMERS) August 18, 2017
So happy to hear @WinstonReid2 is here to stay
— Lee Sargent (@LeeWSargent) August 18, 2017
@WinstonReid2 So glad to hear you're staying with us for the foreseeable! ?
— Nicola Mills (@PrettyBubbles65) August 18, 2017
— Richard freeman (@RichardRf020370) August 18, 2017
It's been an amazing how well Winston Reid ended up doing at West Ham. Without relegation in 2010/11 we may not have seen him again.
— VINNYWHUFC (@vinnywhufc) August 18, 2017
Yet, a small few were a bit unsure…
I like Winston Reid but a 6 year contract for a 29yr old seems ludicrous to me. With Zabaleta, Fonte and Collins its like #dadsarmydefence
— Stuart Knapman (@SJKnapman) August 18, 2017
Ffs winston reid has signed a new 6 year deal ???
— Joe Richardson (@Just_being_joe) August 18, 2017
Even West Ham’s official account were jumping on the Declan Rice hype…
The new kid on the block. pic.twitter.com/7edV7TQVgG
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) August 17, 2017
But this fan was a bit angry at his club for doing so…
The club need to slow down with PR over Declan Rice. Let him play football and grow. Stop using him as a sweetener for Sunday’s shit.
— Jamie (@Jamieonthisday) August 17, 2017
However, this fan offered his support to the youngster…
Declan Rice is a great potential – hope the boo boys give him time to settle and not slag him off if he has one below par game #why
— Dave J (@davejhammer) August 18, 2017