As any observer from a distance could tell you and anyone with the vaguest awareness of Sports rehabilitation would confirm, West Ham United's Vladimir Coufal has looked well off the pace from his usual high standards and that his recent performances have been well under par. His Czech Republic manager Jaroslav Šilhavý obviously thought so, as Vlad has been replaced for his national team's three games and instead will be able to have an unheard of 10 days full recovery time.
As if it wasn't enough with newly capped Jamaica international Michail Antonio heading to North America for a trio of matches just four weeks on from making his Reggae Boyz debut, but Pablo Fornals is playing in the Nations Cup, England's failure to reach the closing stages of the 'B' competition means most fans don't even remember the competition ever existed?
No sooner had the dust settled from Hammers narrow defeat by Brentford's Thespians, many of David Moyes' team were jetting off to fulfil their International commitments, which in Michail Antonio's case involves a 10,500 mile flight! Why the club didn't try to dissuade him more vigorously is a mystery, maybe they did try but were rebuffed by his desire to play for the country of his PARENTS birth.
Pablo Fornals is one of our favourite West Ham players, so why the headline? He plays with his heart on his sleeve and never gives less than 100%, so why would we want him to shut up? Quite simply because Pablo's undoubted love of the club and all things West Ham led him to make ONE crucial error when speaking to the press, that was his recommendation that Jarrod Bowen should be playing for England!
With players crucial to the club's success going off for international duty, many fans have been left wondering why Hammers manager David Moyes doesn't emulate the protocol adopted by the man he replaced at Manchester United, Alex Ferguson.
In an instant high profile footballers can go from hero to zero and long memories can become incredibly short very quickly, it is the lot of a professional player but they are rewarded with enormous wages. With such rewards comes a duty to perform at the highest level and little credence is given to the excuse of having a bad day at the office.
To the neutral and to the visiting supporters, the game between West Ham and Brentford on Sunday afternoon was a beautiful and wondrous spectacle. End to end stuff and football of the highest order thrilled fans from West London in the first half as their team out 'West Hammed' West Ham with their slick inter play and blistering counter attacks.
West Ham: Fabiański, Coufal, Zouma, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice (c), Souček, Bowen, Fornals, Benrahma, Antonio Subs: Areola (GK), Johnson, Masuaku, Dawson, Diop, Král, Lanzini, Vlašić, Yarmolenko
Brentford: Raya, Jansson (c), Zanka, Pinnock, Canós, Nørgaard, Baptiste, Janelt, Henry, Toney, Mbeuma Subs: Fernández, Goode, Jensen, Forss, Wissa, Ghoddos, Onyeka, Bidstrup, Roerslev
If you think the media coverage of the Barclays Premier League is excessive, then spare a thought for the players currently plying their trade in Spain, the media there take absolutely NO prisoners and have been known to take 'intrusion' to the nth degree!
We at the Org, along with many other fan sites and fans have made it very clear how annoyed and disenfranchised we are with the owners and their spokeswoman, however it doesn't mean that we have suddenly lost all our logic and common sense!