Chadwell Chatter

Hello everyone,

I am pleased to report that I returned to training with the boys this week and, all being well, I hope to be part of the action at Burnley on Saturday. If I do get on the pitch, it will be my 200th Premier League appearance for West Ham United - an achievement I would naturally be very proud of.

As someone who has been here for many years, I can say that the start of the season has been one of my most enjoyable periods at West Ham United. The brand of football we've played and the performances we have put in have made it very enjoyable to be part of.

It was all well and good for the Joint-Chairman to say in the summer that he wanted us to play more entertaining football, but he then went out and put his hand in his pocket to bring good players into the squad.

We're all talking about going to the new Stadium and being in the top six in the Barclays Premier League, but if you don't invest in the squad, that won't be the case.

It is encouraging for everyone that we are doing that. We have brought in some very good, hungry players who want to play, want to learn and want to score goals, and it has boosted the whole place. I've said in the past that it's important that we continually improve the squad and it seems like we have done that.

With that in mind, we want to continue our promising start at Turf Moor, pick up another three points and strengthen our position in the table. I thought we were unlucky up at Manchester United and, with Wayne Rooney getting sent-off, we should have got something out of the game, but it didn't quite go for us.

Queens Park Rangers at home was another good performance from the boys. We needed that win because we had been playing well but hadn't got as many points as we should have got.

We go into the weekend on ten points and we are off to Burnley, which is a tough place to go - we all know that.

That said, we have a near fully-fit squad now so the gaffer has got some choices to make and I'm sure all the boys have been training as hard as they can this week to try and get into the team.

There is a real belief in the squad at the moment. We played really well at Crystal Palace and then we had a poor game at home against Southampton for a few reasons.

We then went away to Hull and played Liverpool at home and they were massive games for us, giving Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia the confidence that they can score goals in the Barclays Premier League.

We blew Liverpool away and the fans got really excited about that, as did we as players. Hopefully we can carry that form on. Burnley will be a difficult place to go, but if we can bring three points away from there, that will be brilliant.

Have a great weekend!