Brand of football excites Russell

West Ham United fan Russell Brand has been an avid fan since his early childhood. Despite a busy schedule which includes considerable amount of travelling, Brand visits the Boleyn Ground as and when he can.

Having taken ten points from the opening seven games, the outspoken comedian and activist is excited about the Hammers' good start to the season.

Speaking at half-time in the 2-0 win over Queens Park Rangers, Brand enthused: "I think there's a real change in atmosphere at West Ham, I don't know if it's the addition of Teddy Sheringham or the new signings. Big Sam has radically altered the way West Ham are playing.

"It's definitely for the better. We're playing out wide on the wings, and little triangles, it's one of the most exciting times I've had at West Ham for a while."

The Hammers had a busy transfer market signing nine players, all of whom have contributed well in their short time at the club.

"I like Diafra Sakho a lot. I like Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate. But I really love Cheikhou Kouyate. I love him and it's a shame he's out for a bit. Song looks pretty strong today."

Brand continued to voice his concern about the injury fans favourite Mark Noble suffered just before the Manchester United game: "I miss Nobes, and no one will ever replace him in my heart, when will he be back?"

The international break has given Noble the opportunity to regain fitness following his calf injury. The midfielder has now returned to full training and he could make a return against Burnley this Saturday at Turf Moor.

Summarising the season so far, Brand's passion and enthusiasm is clear: "It's a brilliant time for us. I thought the Liverpool game was wicked. In the first game of the season against Tottenham we were deadly unlucky. I think it's a brilliant time to be a West Ham fan.

"All the fans are enjoying it. I wouldn't be surprised to hear 'Big Sam's Claret and Blue army' ring out anytime soon!"