Filed: Monday, 26th January 2004
By: Peter Coombs
This week has actually been the first time I've been excited about a West Ham signing since the days of Mr Redknapp.
I know Mr Reo-Coker may not be the biggest signing in our history but for the first time in many months I do see a light at the end of a very long dark tunnel. Here is a player who wants to prove himself, knows the first division and from what I've seen of him, won't casually lumber round the pitch like a certain Mr.Carrick has been known to at times. Now I like Michael Carrick, but it seems to me he and many other members of our first team squad need a large kick up the backside. Lets face it - it was a great result yesterday (Wolves 3-1) but who would have thought only 18 months ago we would have been underdogs in that match, and that a three-one score line wouldn't have been just "turning up to the office"?
The harsh reality is that results haven't been good enough so far this season. I can accept a Sheffield United fight back from 3-1 up away from home, what I haven't been able to accept is the lacklustre way we've lost recent home games to Ipswich and Preston.
Beating Premiership opposition yesterday is typical West Ham, turn up for the big games and f*ck the commitment for the bread and butter games that are going to decide if we make a swift return to the Premiership (I'm dreading Rotherham already).
So my point is this; if Pardew has the idea of bringing in younger players who are hungry and up for a fight, to replace those who still think they should be playing in the Premier League, and aren't prepared to "get dirty"and fight for the West Ham cause then I am fully behind him.
(How I dream of a Terminator II or even a Peter Butler mark II)
Much as I would hate to see Jermain Defoe leave, for the right price, and the right club (which in my opinion rules Spurs out on both fronts) I would not be too disappointed to see him go. Especially as he only has 18 months left on his contract. The boy is without doubt a class act and capable of scoring a hat full of goals if he can stay on the pitch, but should we be trying to keep someone who so obviously doesn't want to play for us, when we can cash in?
The only question is do any of the top three really want him at the moment? At the moment I'd say no, which would probably mean a summer exit for Jermain, if he were to get his dream move to Arsenal or Manchester United. As for Carrick I'd sell him if the right price came in but quite frankly that is unlikely too given his own levels of commitment this season (please Michael cut out the ambitious 60 yard balls and play the simple ones).
Having had my moan, lets hope West Ham can climb back up the table (2nd looks unattainable but it'd be nice to at least try) and enjoy a good Cup run. Let's hope the new boys from Wimbledon and any others Pardew can lay his hands on this week can really inspire us to turn Rotherham over on Saturday, and be the start of a run that could possibly put us right back up there at the top of the league.
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