Every week in football you can see how the best laid plans oft en go astray and against Man City this was very much the case for West Ham.
We bought Sam Byram from Leeds United with an eye for the future. He’s young, talented and has bags of potential. Like Michail Antonio, Slaven would have wanted to ease his new signing into the squad, and get him used to training with Premier League players.
But with James Tomkins sidelined, he made the bench against the Premier League title challengers only a few days aft er joining the club before going on to make his debut in the top fl ight of English football when Carl Jenkinson went off injured.
With Jenkinson out for the rest of the campaign he’ll certainly get a few more games and more experience, but it certainly wasn’t what Slaven would have wanted. It’s just one of those things. Just when you think you have cover across the pitch, you get one or two injuries and then you are down to the bare bones again.
Sam Byram’s signing bodes well for the future, but he is still young and we need to give him chance to develop. We must accept he will make mistakes along the way but he has already shown that the step up from the Championship to the Premier League is possible, and there’s no reason why he can’t make the transition.