There has been plenty of speculation that West Ham’s current injury crisis is somehow down to the state of their training ground.
The Hammers currently have Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia, Manuel Lanzini and Dimitri Payet all out injured and as fans we are looking for reasons why this could be the case. I don’t buy this theory, however. Manchester United and Arsenal both have world class facilities but still have plenty of players out. Th e reality is Sakho, Valencia and Payet were all hurt by bad tackles and it is just our bad luck that they are all out at once.
That’s not to say Chadwell Heath doesn’t need major investment. Compared to other Premier League clubs, our training ground has been left in the dark ages and, once the move to the Olympic Stadium has been completed, must be addressed. Manchester City spent £200million on a new training complex last year and while I know we can’t spend that kind of cash they did it for a reason.
Top players want to play in top stadiums but they also want a good place to train. Can you imagine a top international player being wowed by the Olympic Stadium only to be driven to Chadwell Heath? He’ll be back at the airport quicker than you can say Irons.