Jack Sullivan Column

Jack Sullivan reflects on a memorable start to the season and hopes to see some of the Hammers players break into the England squad

Jack Sullivan is the youngest son of West Ham United Joint-Chairman David Sullivan and is a huge Hammers fan. Jack will be giving his exclusive views to the official website in a regular column...


Hello everyone,

It has been an unbelievable start to the season and things got even better last weekend when we managed to beat the Premier League champions.

We have got players like Payet, Lanzini and Zarate who have come into the team and we have got so much flair on the pitch. These are exciting players to watch every week.

We have been playing well both home and away and are the second top goalscorers in the Premier League behind Manchester City. It has been a fantastic start.

It was great to see Andy Carroll score the winning goal last weekend and I think it brings a lot of competition into the squad which maybe we didn't have last season.

Having Andy back brings out the best in Sakho because he wants to keep his place in the side.

It takes a lot of pressure off Andy's shoulders getting back on the scoresheet and as Slaven Bilic has said, he has a new training regime so hopefully he will be here for the long-run.

What more can I say about the way Dimitri Payet has settled into the Club. He has been absolutely unbelievable to watch in the opening ten games.

I said to dad when we were interested in buying him that we are never getting him, but we managed to clinch his signature.

His flick against Chelsea last week when he almost set up Lanzini for a goal was amazing and then when he chipped the ball over Willian and fired it across the goal, it was a fantastic piece of skill.

That is just one feature of his game. He scores goals and as we all know, he creates goals.

He is among the top names in the Premier League for creating the most chances this season and I think he helps other players like Lanzini, Sakho and Zarate. They all flourish playing alongside him.

The younger players can only learn from someone like him and I think he lifts team morale.

I have been teaching dad the words to his new song and it was great to see all the fans singing it against Chelsea.

I thought it was a hostile atmosphere at the Boleyn Ground last Saturday and that is something I like. I like the ground to be someone where opposing teams hate to come.

It fires our players up and makes their players feel a bit intimidated. The fans were fantastic and it makes their players feel smaller.

The England manager Roy Hodgson was also at the Chelsea game and I really hope that a few of our players can break into the squad.

You have seen it with Jamie Vardy of Leicester who has scored goals and got into the England set-up.

Maybe sometimes we get overlooked but Tomkins has been very good this season and has become first choice. There is nothing stopping our players getting into the squad.

We have got Cresswell, Jenkinson and of course Andy Carroll. He is someone that England have not got at the moment.

He is a big centre-forward who can do something special when he comes on.

I honestly feel our story has only just begun. Dad and David Gold feel the same. There is nothing that can stop West Ham.

We have always been a sleeping giant and it is time to grab onto that. I can't believe how big the new stadium is and it will be unbelievable.

It will be the same when we bring big players there and show them the facilities. They will want to be a part of it. I hope the fans buy into it and there is nothing stopping West Ham from doing something big.

I wouldn't mind seeing Champions League football at the new Stadium. I have been to Andorra and loved it and would love the chance to go to Barcelona !!!

I hope we can extend our unbeaten seven match run against Watford on Saturday and continue this great start to the season.

I look forward to speaking with you all again soon.



The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of West Ham United