Premier League football 2012/13: Team guide – West Ham United

Your complete guide to the Hammers' players, formation and chances in the new season

HOME GROUND: The Boleyn Ground

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MANAGER: Sam Allardyce

LAST SEASON’S STATS

Championship: 3rd

FA Cup: 3rd Round

League Cup: 1st Round

Europe: Did not qualify

Top Scorer (all comps): Carlton Cole, 15

STAR MAN: MARK NOBLE

Nobes is vital to the Hammers – West Ham won 57% of their games last season when he was in the side, but won only 20% of games when Noble wasn’t in the team

SUPER SKIPPER: KEVIN NOLAN

West Ham’s captain first played in the Premier League 11 years ago – his experience is vital and he has formed a great partnership with Noble in the middle of the park

SUMMER TRANSFERS

IN: James Collins (Aston Villa, £2.5m), Modibo Maiga (Sochaux, £5m), Stephen Henderson (Portsmouth, £600,000), George McCartney (Sunderland, free), Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton, free), Mohamed Diame (Wigan, free), Raphael Spiegel (Grasshoppers, £200,000)

OUT: Robert Green (QPR, free), Julien Faubert (Elazigspor, free), Frank Nouble (Wolves, free), Freddie Sears (Colchester, free), Abdoulaye Faye (Hull, free), John Carew (released), Papa Bouba Diop (released), Ravel Morrison (Birmingham, loan)

STRONGEST LINEUP

[GK] JAASKELAINEN

[RB] DEMEL

[CB] COLLINS

[CB] TOMKINS

[LB] MCCARTNEY

[RM] COLLISON

[CM] NOBLE

[CM] NOLAN

[LM] TAYLOR

[CF] VAZ TE

[CF] MAIGA

4-4-2

Style: Physical side who’ll use the width of the pitch

TOP 3 TWITTER STARS

1 CARLTON COLE – 48,887 followers

2 WINSTON REID – 13,835 followers

3 RICARDO VAZ TE – 3,541 followers

RATINGS

DEFENCE: 5

MIDFIELD: 7

ATTACK: 6

OVERALL: 6

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