Here’s what we know about some of the players who have, shall we say, fallen off the radar.
Where is he? Have you seen him? Signed for £7million from Nottingham Forest in August, a substitute appearance against Manchester City was the winger’s only appearance for West Ham this season. He’s not been injured though, just kept out of the team by the form of Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini and Victor Moses. After Payet’s recent injury blow, will Antonio’s time come soon, or will he make the inevitable move to Derby County ?
After an impressive pre-season starring in the club’s early Europa qualifiers, the young midfielder was tipped for big things. While he may be disappointed not to make his big breakthrough yet, Poyet has been impressing on loan for MK Dons in the Championship, providing a spark of dynamism in an otherwise difficult season for the Bedfordshire outfit.
Just when will he be fit? While the Cameroonian’s ability has never been in doubt, it feels like he hasn’t played a competitive match since some time in the early 1950s – a source of immense frustration to Hammers fans. While the midfielder has yet to play a match this season, he has earmarked the club’s clash with Tottenham for a return to action, although we’ll believe it when we see it.
Unbelievably the Irish full-back has yet to hit 30, despite his record of sitting on just about every dugout bench in the whole world. An Allardyce signing who can play on the right or left, he has been gradually marginalised over the years in favour of the more technical talents of Aaron Cresswell and Carl Jenkinson. He’s not played yet this season and his contract’s up in the summer of 2016.
Oh, there he is. The Welsh centre half has had a turbulent career at West Ham. One minute he’s forming a formidable partnership with Winston Reid, the next he’s been dropped after a victory-destroying mistake. Despite a recent return to action, he has barely featured this season, falling behind Ogbonna, Winston Reid and James Tomkins in the pecking order. Collins has been linked with a move to Sunderland to reunite with Allardyce in January. That would at least keep him busy...