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View Knightstar's Profile Knightstar Flag Guildford 03 Jan 22 2.03pm Send a Private Message to Knightstar Add Knightstar as a friend

I wrote in a previous thread about the Clubís strategy and how important it was for us to establish ourselves as the best Club in South London and I think there is little doubt that we have achieved that goal now. Whilst being ĎSouth London and Proudí should remain our mantra, I think we can start to think about establishing ourselves as one of Londonís top Premier League sides.

I think it is clear that Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham all have stronger squads than us and much better legacies and greater pulling power when it comes to recruiting than we do, so at present they are probably all out of reach, despite us having the occasional good result against them, as we have done in recent seasons.

However, the big battle as I see it, is for us to establish ourselves as Londonís 4th best side and in the main that means continuing to grow and trying to surpass West Ham in terms of the strength of our playing squad and the results achieved on the pitch.

West Ham are having a good season but in our two game against them this season we couldíve quite easily got all six points, as we generally outplayed them but unfortunately we werenít as clinical as we should've been.

On paper I think our squad is stronger than theirs and it is probably now the strongest it has ever been and with our new Academy and the promising performances of our U23s and U18s the future looks very bright.

What do others think about our chances of establishing ourselves as Londonís 4th best side?

 

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View MrRobbo's Profile MrRobbo Flag Purley 03 Jan 22 2.47pm Send a Private Message to MrRobbo Add MrRobbo as a friend

As much as it pains me, West Ham have a much better squad than ours.

One that has been heavily invested in, over the last couple of years. Consistently buying 2 or 3 good (and expensive players a window).

 

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View doombear's Profile doombear Flag Too far from Selhurst Park 03 Jan 22 3.32pm Send a Private Message to doombear Add doombear as a friend

Have to agree with MrRobbo on this one. WH squad is better and it shows in their results and performances since Moyes went back. Also they have a massive ground compared with us and are getting the crowds and with that no doubt the income as well.

As far as recruitment goes, they've done well over the last couple of years, especially in buying Coufal and Soucek at what now seem bargain prices and Bowen and Benrahma look to be good investments as well. We have a way to go before we can even think about overtaking them.

 

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View babylonjohn's Profile babylonjohn Flag St Leonards-on-Sea 03 Jan 22 3.47pm Send a Private Message to babylonjohn Add babylonjohn as a friend

Wasn't so long ago we were knocking wet spam out of the playoffs. They are nothing special and I have never liked their owners or fans. They have had help with the taxpayers stadium and have done well with Moyes of late. So lucky to win at Selhurst.

 

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View Tickled pink's Profile Tickled pink Online Flag Cornwall 03 Jan 22 5.04pm Send a Private Message to Tickled pink Add Tickled pink as a friend

Much bigger club then us.

 

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View Crystal_Clear's Profile Crystal_Clear Flag Belfast 03 Jan 22 7.29pm Send a Private Message to Crystal_Clear Add Crystal_Clear as a friend

West Ham could well be victims of their own success.

No doubt there will be suitors for Rice in the summer, and if Chelsea or City come calling it will be hard for him to resist.

Rumours persist about Liverpool's interest in Bowen. He is all about the money.

THat's two vital players potentially gone from their team. Yes, they will get massive fees, but it's all about the right players coming in. Spending money doesn't guarantee success, as they found out with Haller at £45m and I'm not convinced about Vlasic they spent £30m on.

 

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View monkey's Profile monkey Flag Sittingbourne,Kent/Made in Bromley 03 Jan 22 7.34pm Send a Private Message to monkey Add monkey as a friend

Originally posted by Tickled pink

Much bigger club then us.

But at least we own our own ground

 

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View Elpis's Profile Elpis Flag In a pub 03 Jan 22 7.51pm Send a Private Message to Elpis Add Elpis as a friend

Regardless of history we will not compete with other clubs that have higher ground capacity or Chairman who see spending their millions on the team as a game rather than our 'investors' .

Nothing wrong with either but the question posed .Can we be bigger than West Ham is no we cant . They have a 60,000 seater stadium that all London taxpayers paid for . They rent it for the season for a paltry £2.5M per annum .

The basic economics means we are always going to behind them in size . Thats not to say we can not aspire the beat them nor anyone else but over a period of time the best we can do is South London's number one . I'll settle for that .

 

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View Harpo64's Profile Harpo64 Flag 03 Jan 22 8.16pm Send a Private Message to Harpo64 Add Harpo64 as a friend

West Ham are a much bigger club than Palace on all fronts.

 

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View taylors lovechild's Profile taylors lovechild Online Flag People's Republic of Gozo 04 Jan 22 9.03am Send a Private Message to taylors lovechild Add taylors lovechild as a friend

West Ham are a bigger club, but they have only been more successful in recent years thanks to Moyes and strong investment. If Vieira sticks around and gets the opportunity to sign the players he wants then I could see us pushing them within a couple of years. Personally I hope we also overtake Spurs. Never has a club with so few trophies in the last 30 years had fans with such an inflated sense of worth. Arsenal and Chelsea fans are annoying but at least they have the trophies to back it up.

 

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View babylonjohn's Profile babylonjohn Flag St Leonards-on-Sea 04 Jan 22 10.11am Send a Private Message to babylonjohn Add babylonjohn as a friend

Its not about being "bigger" its being better thats important.

 

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View Elpis's Profile Elpis Flag In a pub 04 Jan 22 11.34am Send a Private Message to Elpis Add Elpis as a friend

Originally posted by babylonjohn

Its not about being "bigger" its being better thats important.

We will always be better in every way shape and form

 

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