West Ham United have nearly two weeks now without a game.
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini told reporters how he will be taking his squad to Spain for a warm weather mid-season training camp, as quoted by the club's official website, and some Hammers fans took to Twitter in response to the Chilean's comments.
The east London outfit do not have a game now until February 22nd, and Pellegrini told reporters how he plans to utilise the time between now and then, as quoted by the club's official website:
"We are going to do a training camp out of England, probably in Spain. I said after we lost at Wimbledon that we wanted to continue in the FA Cup, that was our intention, but we couldn’t do it, and in another way it is good for some players that are playing too many games since the beginning of the season."
Many West Ham fans don't seem convinced at the merits behind the trip, however...
as long as they come back & beat fulham, it was the right move.— David bough (@futurestrader05) 11 February 2019
Get knocked out against Wimbledon, get a trip to Spain.— AllSportsView (@AllSportsView) 11 February 2019
If it has the same effect as last years trip im all for it.— Arasor (@ArasorHD) 11 February 2019
Ahem.— Dawn Neesom (@DawnNeesom) 11 February 2019
This is the real reason they got beat by Wimbledon. A free weekend and holiday— andrew bellinger (@205hammer) 11 February 2019
No, you're going there for a holiday.— J (@james_blacknell) 11 February 2019
This makes me sick, lost to Wimbledon and get a nice holiday out of it— Stephen George Lott (@stephenlott) 11 February 2019
Andy Carroll begs to differ.— J.O'B (@chanceig) 11 February 2019
Bet Carroll’s the first one to pack and first on the plane!— Pellegreezi (@MOEWHU) 11 February 2019
Don't get the problem. The Miami trip last season worked.— Dan Ellis (@xDellisOfficial) 11 February 2019
Yes we got knocked out . But the plus is we can now focus on seventh place and all be off to Europe next season . Coyi— ToneHammer (@tone_hammer) 11 February 2019
West Ham will leave themselves open to criticism by going away to train in Spain, whether it is try right thing to do or not.
Should they lose to Fulham, they will have to expect a backlash.
Conversely, if they beat the Cottagers, Pellegrini will be vindicated in his decision.