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Now, where are they?

Filed: Wednesday, 3rd October 2012
By: Jason Eves

I’ve noticed an article featured in the West Ham United programme (some articles hosted online) where past players are interviewed after their time at West Ham. And I thought to myself, why not find out where some players of old have turned up?

I mean, I could easily drone on about what Carlos Tevez and Scott Parker have been up to. But that would be way too easy, so here’s a few previous players handpicked by me along with a summary of their West Ham career and where they’ve been since leaving...

Roy Carroll

Roy’s time in the East End was a mixed bag, racking up just over thirty appearances, but struggles with alcohol and gambling curtailed his two-year stay. He left in the summer of 2007 seeking first team football, originally opting for now fallen giants Rangers, but then moving to Derby County in the new year. But not even he could keep the club up and suffered relegation.

Roy’s days were numbered and come the following summer Derby allowed him to terminate his contract in order to join Danish club Odense Boldklub. He debuted for the club the day he signed his contract and after putting in some sterling perfomances he was award Superliga Goalkeeper of the Year 2009. However homesickness kicked in and Carroll eventually had his contract with the club terminated in order to find a club closer to home. Trials in Britain soon followed but nothing came to fruition.

Carroll racked up some more air-miles, opting to sign for OFI Crete in the summer of 2011. After putting in some stellar performances, Greek powerhouses Olympiakos came calling in January signing him for a reported fee of €100k. He is held in high regard by fans through his heart-on-sleeve perfomances.

Savio Nsereko

Ushered in as the man to solve our goalscoring problems, Savio was Signed by our Director of Football Gianluca Nani for a reported fee of £9 million (although the fee is still debated to this day). Mooted as our ‘record signing’, he was given the number 10 shirt, replacing the outgoing Craig Bellamy.

Savio’s tenure at West Ham crumbled under the weight of expectation. He was subsequently sold on to Fiorentina for a Manuel da Costa-plus-cash deal, where he was then farmed out to various clubs around Europe. He continuously went AWOL during times at each loan stint. Savio has now since landed a permanent move to German Third Division club SpVgg Unterhachting. He signed for an undisclosed fee this summer, stating that location was a key factor in his decision.

Alessandro Diamanti

Diamanti was another of Gianluca Nani’s scouted players signed for a reported £6million from Brescia (reportedly paid for by our sponsors). He was a landmark signing as he became the 800th player to play for West Ham as he made his debut in the 1-0 defeat to Wigan.

He struggled to adapt to the pace of the Premier League; although he tallied up eight goals in his maiden campaign, only three came from open play. But his energetic displays did earn him recognition as he claimed the runner-up spot of Hammer of the Year behind deserved winner Scott Parker. He has since returned to Brescia for a fraction of the cost (we are still locked in a battle to claim the money Brescia owe us).

In what proved to be a similar year statistically back at Brescia, as well as suffering relegation Diamanti received a call-up to the Italian national team. The following summer he packed his bags again as Bologna snapped him up on a co-ownership deal. He has since found his shooting boots again, hitting double figures for the club in his debut season.

Luís Boa Morte

Luís, I believe is best described as a ‘Marmite signing’ as the fans either loved him or loathed him during his four-year affiliation in claret and blue. He was signed by Alan Curbishley for an undisclosed fee, reported to be around the £5 million mark. In April 2007 he scored his first goal for the club in a 3-0 win against Wigan. But it wasn’t until May 2010 in a 1-1 draw against Man City that he would double his tally for the long-waiting Hammers faithful. He signed a two-year deal come the end of the 2009/10 campaign but only saw out half of it before his contract was terminated.

He subsequently signed for Greek club Larissa, linking up once more with former gaffer Chris Coleman for whom he had worked under at Fulham. However financial problems soon hit the club and Boa Morte exited six months later. A brief stint at South African team Orlando Pirates soon followed and although he signed an 18-month deal, Luís only stayed for a mere four months. He then went on trial at MLS outfit Toronto FC but was back in the UK on trial with League One Portsmouth.

Benni McCarthy

Labelled by many fans as a panic buy in his deadline day move in the January 2010 transfer window, Benni signed a two-and-a-half year deal and widely reported as being very out of shape. As well as being fined in excess of £200,000 for reaching over 15 stone, strict dieting and training regimes soon followed but amounted to nothing. The ties were eventually cut and he was released at the start of the 2011 season, with Karren Brady famously labeling him ‘A big fat mistake’.

McCarthy has since returned to his native South Africa, signing for the Orlando Pirates (briefing playing with Boa Morte) and leading the scoring charts averaging a goal every other game whilst aiding the team in retaining the league title. He has also wrote himself into South African folklore as the first South African player to win three league titles with three different teams on two different continents (now that’s a mouthful!).

Lucas Neill

Often referred to as ‘Lucash’ by some sceptical fans following his arrival in January 2007 from Blackburn Rovers, Neill turned down the chance of joining Liverpool before joining the Hammers. His leadership qualities on the field were acknowledged and he was given the captain’s armband on numerous occasions before eventually taking it permanently in the wake of Nigel Reo-Coker’s transfer to Aston Villa.

The Australian's stay at Upton Park lasted only two years as he decided against prolonging his contract and he joined Everton on a free transfer, linking up with International team-mate and close friend Tim Cahill. His affiliation with the Goodison Park faithful was short-lived as he made the switch to Turkish side Galatasaray, with the reason being a longer contract on offer and linking up with fellow Socceroo Harry Kewell.

After being let go at the end of the Turkish season, Lucas was packing his bags to the oil-rich United Arab Emirates. Signing for Al Jazira on a year long deal where he amassed 19 appearances and scored three goals. Once again as his deal ran up, Lucas was let go and soon enough he landed another deal at fellow UAE club Al Wasl where he is due to start the upcoming season.

Please note that the opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, nor should be attributed to, KUMB.com.

Your Comments

by Tony
05:32PM 8th Oct 2012
''Very interesting article. I was at Savio's first game, apparently he was a long shot specialist. He came on as sub and on his first few touches in our own half the crowd were shouting "shoot"! He didn't amount to anything in the end.''

by Lee Byron
10:19AM 4th Oct 2012
''Nice read mate!''

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