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Well, what an amazing time to be a Hammer? The signings just keep on coming and there are rumours that more will follow. Unfortunately, only 11 players can take to the field which means it’s likely that a few seniors and juniors will be departing.

When trying to pick my starting 11 there’s no place for Noble, Obiang or Antonio. What am I going to do with Carroll, Reid, Rice, and Hernandez?

There are three more weeks until the start of the Premier League season, and I’m sure it’ll be a one in one out policy. I’m surprised we haven’t gone back in for Joao Mario, an established international who grew as the season progressed.

The owners have finally dug deep and given the manager the players he wanted. Felipe Anderson could be our new Tevez, Di Canio and Payet rolled into one. Manuel Pelligrini stated he was the player he most wanted and the board has delivered.

The other new arrivals are seasoned pros and ones for the future. Balbuena looks like a beast and I’m looking forward to seeing him in action.I’ve read on social media that we have the guy with the corner flag, who ran on the pitch against Burnley, to thank for our transfer activity. Really? Do me a favour, the club is run as a business and the owners are speculating to accumulate.

The Premier League is awash with money and it’s why the top coaches and players ply their trade here. It’s the only place to be and is why it’s so successful around the world. I guarantee whenever you go abroad you’ll see someone in a Premier League team kit, get talking to them about West Ham and they’ll say “Bubbles”.Everyone’s excited about the season ahead although there’s still the “Doom and Gloom” merchants saying we may struggle as we’ve too many new players and we won’t gel as a team.

On the other side of the coin, people are saying they’ve put £500 on us to win the league. Unfortunately, we’re not the only ones splashing the cash so I’d be happy with a few places up the league and a push for Europe via our position or a cup run.I’ll stick my head on the block and say we’ll finish above Arsenal this season. Manchester City and Liverpool will go toe-to-toe this year.

Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea in the following pack. I’d love to go all psychic and do the whole league but I fancy us battling the next positions with Arsenal, Everton, and Leicester.

Arsenal are in for a wobble, the same Manchester United suffered when Alex Ferguson left, I’ve struggled to understand their new manager when seeing him on the TV and the language barrier is something both Arsenal and Chelsea fans and players will have to get used to with Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri respectively.

Manuel Pelligrini has a good grasp of English, and as someone who’s been there and done that, it instantly commands respect. There’s a buzz of excitement being a supporter at the moment and I’m sure that vibe will grow as we get closer to our first match away at Liverpool.I’m hopeful that I won’t be reduced to watching games through my fingers when I take my seat at the London Stadium this season. It’s a good feeling to be a supporter at the moment.

My relegation teams are Cardiff, Brighton and either Huddersfield or Bournemouth.

For the first time in ages, I’m genuinely excited for the new season. I can guarantee it’s going to be better than the last couple and I can’t wait!!

Onwards and upwards.