West Ham: Zaza's agent speaks out; Carroll praised for courage; police presence inside stadium
Simone Zaza’s father and agent, Antonio Zaza has given a revealing interview to Calciomercato, in which he revealed that his son’s future is in major doubt at West Ham and he may not see out his loan spell, let alone sign a permanent deal at the London Stadium, saying:
“I honestly don’t know [what will happen], I think we’ll analyse the various situations. Either tomorrow or the day after I’ll be in London to take stock of the situation with Simone and West Ham. The situation isn’t very clear, I can’t guarantee that he’ll stay in London until the end of the season or that he’ll definitely leave… No-one from Napoli has called me recently. As you know, there was a concrete deal last summer but no-one has called me again. Milan? Not for the moment, no. These two destinations would be very welcome, if they called me I’d talk to them willingly.”
Zaza is yet to score in nine appearances for the Hammers and now faces increasing pressure with Andre Ayew, Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll all returning to form after long lay offs, with the Italian likely to be forced to the bench or even out of the squad completely as a result.
Slaven Bilic has spoken out to praise one of those returning from injury, Andy Carroll, after he was confronted by armed robbers on his journey home from training, claim the Telegraph. Bilic revealed:
“He was brave because they asked for his watch with a gun, and he put the pedal down and he didn’t want to give him the watch. So for me it’s not about the watch, but for me that’s very brave. He got chased for 15 or 20 minutes, it wasn’t like 10 seconds, so it was probably planned. I know that he was very brave to do what he did. He came back to the training ground and it stopped. But he’s good, he’s OK, he’s not in shock and he acted as a really brave man.”
The former Liverpool striker has missed much of the start of the season with a mysterious knee injury, but is expected to be available for the tie with Tottenham after the international break.
This weekend’s clash with Stoke City is expected to see a police presence inside the London Stadium for the first time for a Premier League fixture as the Met prepare to segregate fans, claim Sky Sports. It comes as one of a raft of measures designed to combat the violent scenes witnessed in the opening weeks of the West Ham’s tenancy at the former Olympic stadium.
Away fans have also been moved to a new area of the ground, with home fans being moved to accommodate that, in the hope that greater distance and a police segregation will put an end to the violence.
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