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Date: April 12, 2024 Time: 17:34:30

West Ham is one step away from winning the second European trophy in its history. In 1965, the Londoners won the European Cup Winners’ Cup. In 1999, the team also became one of the best in the Intertoto Cup, but there have always been several winners in this tournament. In the 2022/2023 season, West Ham suffered a lot in the Premier League and finished only 14th. Now David Moyes’ team can end a difficult year with a victory in the Conference League. The history of the players is the history of the “fallen pilots”. After all, many have already been written off and prove their worth.

Lukasz Fabianski (goalkeeper)

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The Polish goalkeeper spent seven years at Arsenal after moving to England from Legia in 2007. Fabianski mainly appeared in cup competitions, never being considered the main goalkeeper. This continued until 2014, when Lukasz went to Swansea for free. Fabianski established himself at the base, but in the 2017/2018 season the club flew out of the elite. Despite this, the fans recognized the Pole as the best player of the season. And Lukash’s qualities were appreciated by West Ham, and they took him away for only €8 million. And already in the first season, the goalkeeper was recognized as the best football player in the team (again). In the 2019/2020 season, the goalkeeper was out for a long time due to a hip injury, but he came back and was number one again. Keep in mind that the 38-year-old does not play in the Conference League. His place is occupied by another goalkeeper with a difficult fate.

Alfonso Areola (goalkeeper)


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The French goalkeeper is a student of PSG. In his 12 years at the club, he only had sporadic chances. Areola often went on loan (Lens, Bastia, Villarreal, Real and Fulham). Everywhere except Madrid, Alfons received the status of the main, but he did not convince the PSG bosses of the need for him. By the way, in 2018 Areola became the world champion, having gone to the World Cup in Russia as the third goalkeeper. And in 2022 he took the World Cup silver.

Before the start of the current season, West Ham arranged a full-fledged transfer of the Frenchman (he spent the 2021/2022 season in London on loan). Areola is the goalkeeper of the team. Last season he played in the Europa League, as well as the FA Cup and the League Cup. In the 2022/2023 campaign, Alfons carves out a place at the gates of the Conference League and domestic cups. It is Areola who must go to the final match with Fiorentina.

Thilo Kehrer (defender)

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The German footballer began his adult career at Schalke. The best clubs in Europe chased the promising defender, in the end he chose PSG. In Paris, Kerer had a relatively successful first season, in which he appeared in 40 games. And then there are the issues with playing time. The constant reinforcement of the Parisian squad and Thilo’s unstable form caused him to be a substitute. As a result, in the summer of 2022, PSG parted ways with Kerer. The French bought the defender for 37 million euros and sold him to West Ham for only 12 million euros. In the London club, Tilo became the main player and helped reach the final of the Conference League.

Angelo Ogbonna (defender)

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In terms of potential, Ogbonnu was considered almost the leading defender of his generation. Juventus finally stole Angello from arch-rivals Torino. But the player never lived up to expectations. In 2015, Juve transferred Ogbonne to West Ham. The Italian has been in London for eight years and has become an important player.

Last season, Ogbonna mostly sat on the bench, but he still occasionally helps West Ham. And in the Conference League, Angelo held seven games. In the summer, the Italian is likely to leave the club at the end of his contract. The Conference League trophy would be a grand finale to Ogbonna’s West Ham career.

Kurt Zouma (defender)

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Chelsea noticed a talented Frenchman and in January 2014 bought him from Saint-Etienne for €14 million. Zuma did not live up to the hopes placed on him, injuries partially prevented him. Kurt showed good football in the 2019/2020 season, but could not turn it into a consistent high level. The Frenchman went on loan to Stoke City and Everton, and in 2021 Chelsea released Kurt.

The footballer stayed in London, but signed a contract with West Ham. Already as part of the Hammers, an unpleasant story happened with Zuma – he made fun of a cat. However, Kurt is still an important football player of the club: if the defender is not injured, then he enters the field.

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Emerson Palmieri (defender)

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The Brazilian with an Italian passport changed four clubs in Europe before joining West Ham. In 2014 he was rented by Palermo de Santos. A year later, Emerson was acquired by Roma, where he proved his worth as a left-back. In the winter of 2018, Chelsea took over the player.

But in the London club Palmieri rarely made it to the team. After suffering for three years, he joined Lyon on loan in 2021. Emerson became a starter in France, but Olympic refused to buy him. As a result, no one needed a defender picked up by West Ham. Emerson doesn’t always make the squad, but he gets a lot more playing time than he did at Chelsea.

Lucas Paquetá (midfielder)

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In 2019, Paquetá signed for AC Milan as the new Kaká. However, in Italy, Lucas fell short of potential. The Brazilian was too unstable, he often withdrew from the game. In part, the fault lies with the environment to which Paquetá has been exposed. That Milan was not yet ready to solve serious problems, and Lucas did not fit into the game system of Stefano Pioli, who became a coach. As a result, Paquet was written off and sold to Lyon.

In France, Lucas got into great form, becoming a key midfielder. In the summer of 2022, West Ham came for the Brazilian and bought him for 43 million euros (the second most expensive signing after Aller in the club’s history). In London, Paquetá also became the leader uniting the midfield and attack. Lucas is the second West Ham player after Declan Rice with an average score of 6.97 (WhoScored version). Fiorentina should definitely look for the Brazilian in the final.

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Maxwell Cornet (forward)

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Cornet spent most of his career at Lyon. Olympic acquired the Ivorian from Metz in 2015. At the top French club, Maxwell played both attacking and left-back. But in 2021, he was unexpectedly sold to Burnley for just €15 million. Cornet had a great 2021/2022 season, after which he was snapped up by West Ham. Maxwell still can’t be found in London. In the Premier League season, he spent just 233 minutes, leaving mostly as a substitute.

Jarrod Bowen (forward)

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The Englishman’s career began at the semi-professional club Hereford United. In 2014, he moved to Hull City, where he played for the youth team. The debut of the base took place only in the fall of 2016. And the true talent of Jarrod was revealed by Leonid Slutsky. The Russian specialist worked in Hull in 2017. It was the 2017/2018 season that became a breakthrough for Bowen. In 42 championship games, he’s scored 14 goals and provided two assists. He then spent another year and a half at Hull before being bought by West Ham for €21m.

Bowen is an important player for the Hammers, acting as a right back. In London, Jarrod continued his progress. The 2021/2022 season was a successful one, with the winger scoring 12 goals and providing 12 assists in 36 Premier League games. In the final, the Brit can light up.

Miguel Antonio (forward)

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Antonio’s story is typical of English football. Wandering around the Championship and First League clubs, loan, move, instability. But, as with Bowen, Antonio had a great season. Playing for Nottingham Forrest in the 2014/2015 Championship season, Michael scored 14 goals and provided as many assists in 46 games. Antonio saw West Ham and took it for only 9.5 million euros.

The Jamaican striker constantly plays at the base under different coaches. In addition, he was seen in different positions: from the right back to the center forward. Antonio is helpful everywhere. One of the most consistent people at West Ham in recent years.

Danny Ings (forward)

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Ings has experienced several ups and downs in his career. Having shown himself at Burnley in the club’s debut season in the Premier League, in 2015 the striker moved to Liverpool. Here it is, success! But not. Ings suffered a cruciate ligament injury and was out of action for a long time. And upon his return, Jurgen Klopp did not need him. After three years of torment, Danny left for Southampton (first on loan, then a full transfer).

In the 2019/2020 season, Ings became the team’s top scorer with 22 goals. But then the performance went down. 12 goals next season, he goes to Aston Villa and unfulfilled expectations. In the winter of 2023, Ings was acquired by West Ham for €12 million So far, the striker is not impressive: just two goals in 17 Premier League games and one goal in five Conference League games. Will the Englishman be able to help West Ham in the European Cup final?

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