Filed: Friday, 28th September 2012
By: Tom Kilbey
What a difference a couple of months make.
Rob Green, idolised by the West Ham fans and all but guaranteed a starting position between the sticks, now finds himself second choice at QPR. His short career at the Hoops can hardly be described as a successful one thus far.
After turning his back on West Ham and signing a lucrative deal at the West London club, the England International would have expected to be a staple in the QPR starting XI. Instead, after a contender for the worst performance of the season, a 5-0 defeat against Swansea was all the persuading Mark Hughes needed to re-enter the transfer market once again.
The following weeks saw QPR sign what seemed like every footballer over the age of 30; among them was Brazilian keeper Julio Cesar. Green was immediately relegated to the bench, and barring a run of poor performances from Cesar, his career at his new club could be already be over.
Hughes was quick to point out that he would talk with Rob and discuss his options, hinting at the possibility he would be able to leave on a free. In all honesty, no one can blame Mark Hughes. Cesar is a tremendous coup for his club, and would have been foolish to reject the chance to sign him simply because he had already signed a keeper during the transfer window.
In other words, Robbo has options. A potential move back to West Ham has been hinted at, but nothing has come from either club. The hypothetical question as to whether we would have him back, however, is certainly an interesting one.
The first thing to note is that Sam Allardyce is an extremely stubborn man. Despite being within his rights, a move from West Ham to QPR would do little to advance Green's career, regardless of whether he was playing first team football or otherwise. The obvious conjecture to make is that Green's head was turned by a big pay cheque.
Resultantly, Allardyce would see this as a lack of loyalty towards him and the club, and a lack of trust in his ability to take the club forward. Because of this, I think Allardyce would be reluctant to rescue Green from his QPR nightmare.
On top of this, if BFS truly felt that his side were lacking in the goalkeeper department, he could easily sign Craig Gordon, who is still without a club. We have been active in bringing in free agents on trial, and the fact that the ex-Sunderland stopper's name hasn't even been mentioned tells me all I need to know about Sam's faith in Jussi and Stephen Henderson.
I think the fans would have a much more mixed opinion on the topic. Many fans would feel betrayed that Greeno let money take precedence over loyalties. But at the same time, the mantra that you should act in the best intentions of the club also comes to mind. Such a likeable character, and almost universally liked among West Ham fans, time would almost certainly heal the wounds of his departure from the club, and in time, he would be accepted back in a West Ham shirt.
But the far more relevant question here is, do we need him back?
Clearly, for reasons I have already discussed, Allardyce would appear to believe the answer to that question is a resounding no. Although our goalkeepers are weaker this year, I think its time to move on. I like Rob just as much as the next West Ham fan, but even I allowed myself a wry smile when I saw his debut performance.
"Regrets, I've had a few..."
As a team who is looking to move forward, we should look forward, not back. Re-signing a 32-year-old ex-player with diminished loyalties for the club, on what would be a lucrative contract, does not make financial sense.
I am hopeful our Finnish keeper, who's surname I still refuse to learn how to spell, is returning to form after a shaky start. Let's not forget Stephen Henderson either, who is expected to blossom into a solid goalkeeper. We certainly don't have the best keepers in the League, but there are more viable and more sustainable options than signing Green back.
Only Green himself knows if he regrets the decision to leave West Ham. Perhaps the extra £10,000 a week is a fair trade for first team football. But maybe the money does not soften the blow. One thing is clear, the grass isn't always Greener on the other side.
Tom Kilbey may also be found on Twitter at twitter.com/tom29whu.
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11:17PM 1st Oct 2012
''Nice article, Tom.
I have always believed that Green being allowed to go had less to do with money than people have suggested. If it was just about money, how come we can pay Carroll a reported £80k a week? No, this was about Sam's lack of faith in the sides to Green's game that we all know are suspect, notable (as Daniel suggests) vulnerability to the high ball and a lack of imposition in the box. He is, in short, just not an Allardyce sort of player.''
by Charles Flores
08:39AM 30th Sep 2012
''Like the vast majority of West Ham fans I was sorry to see Green go. We remained his stout defenders even after his unfortunate World Cup gaffe when he was unfairly subjected to such abuse everywhere he went in the UK. He was strong enough to ignore it all and give the Hammers a wonderful season to see them return amongst the elite.
The shock of his departure was tremendous, but so was Benayoun's way back. Benayoun is back. Should Green be given the same chance to right the wrong he has done? This is the million-dollar question every Hammers fan would be at pains to answer. ''
by Lee Byron
11:51PM 28th Sep 2012
''I disagree about the loyalty. Green stayed with us and played in the Championship and would have stayed with us if we would have met his salary demands. He left because of pride and money. It must be difficult to be an important member of our team and get paid a lot less than others.
I'd welcome him back!''
08:18PM 28th Sep 2012
''Green has finally been found out. Poor at kicking; awful at free kicks; dreadful at corners. A Championship goalkeeper at best who would be a good signing for Charlton. Next you'll be asking if we should take Harewood back.''
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