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John Paintsil

Squad Number: 14
Position: Defender
Born: 15th Jun 1981 (Ghana)
Signed: 31st Jul 2006 (£1,000,000)
Contract: Details unknown
Previous Club: Hapoel Tel Aviv

Energetic full-back Paintsil came to the attention of Alan Pardew after a good showing at the 2006 World Cup Finals, where he helped Ghana to qualify for the knockout stages (before eventually losing to Brazil).

The strong defender came to West Ham via Israel's Hapoel Tel Aviv for an initial £700,000 (rising to £1m with clauses).

He began his career in the Ghanaian domestic league before moving to Europe with Poland's Widzew Lodz.

 

2013/14 Match Notes & Ratings

John Paintsil is yet to play this season.

 

2012/13 Match Notes & Ratings

John Paintsil is yet to play this season.

 

2011/12 Match Notes & Ratings

John Paintsil is yet to play this season.

 

2010/11 Match Notes & Ratings

John Paintsil is yet to play this season.

 

2009/10 Match Notes & Ratings

John Paintsil is yet to play this season.

 

2008/09 Match Notes & Ratings

John Paintsil has no entries for this season.

 

2007/08 Match Notes & Ratings

2-2 v Aston Villa (h) 10th May 2008
by Gordon Thrower

(replaced McCartney, 46) Passing was poor.

1-4 v Manchester United (a) 3rd May 2008
by Gordon Thrower

A couple of good runs but has this habit of giving the ball away far too often. At fault for Ronaldo’s second.The cult hero thing is funny but not that funny.

1-4 v Manchester United (a) 3rd May 2008
by Alex Shilling

A very good game actually, looked calm and composed at right back. Provided good support to the attack too. Was unruffled by Nani and the Portuguese winger rarely got the better of him.

2-2 v Newcastle United (h) 26th April 2008
by Alex Shilling

The cult hero puts in another solid performance. In all honesty, I think I'd have preferred him there than the erratic Lucas Neill. Put in some very good tackles and made some good interceptions.

2-2 v Newcastle United (h) 26th April 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Decent run out at right-back though his distribution left a bit to be desired. I’m still not convinced that he has what it takes long-term.

2-1 v Derby County (h) 19th April 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Ok I do irony as well as the next man but the humorous “cult hero” thing doesn’t mask the fact that he’s not very good. Solid enough here but will be tested more over the next few weeks if he plays.

0-1 v Portsmouth (h) 8th April 2008
by Gordon Thrower

(replaced Solano, 82) Anonymous.

1-2 v Sunderland (a) 29th March 2008
by Gordon Thrower

(replaced McCartney, 46) Didn’t look too comfortable before having to go off with concussion.

2-1 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 17th March 2008
by Alex Shilling

(replaced Ljungberg, 85) Had his name sung throughout the game by fans, is popular as ever. Kept the ball well when he came on.

2-1 v Blackburn Rovers (h) 17th March 2008
by Gordon Thrower

(replaced Ljungberg, 85) Not really on long enough to make much of an impression.

0-4 v Tottenham Hotspur (a) 10th March 2008
by Gordon Thrower

(replaced Ljungberg, 71) So-so-ish spell in the second half. The ironic cult hero thing is wearing a bit thin now though.

0-0 v Manchester City (h) 5th January 2008
by Jacob Steinberg

A cult hero and loads of effort, but he didn't have the same impact as against United.

0-0 v Manchester City (h) 5th January 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Not as dominant as against Man Utd, got through some hard work nevertheless.

0-2 v Arsenal (a) 1st January 2008
by Gordon Thrower

Worked hard and was unlucky with the overhead kick. Cult hero status gave the crowd something to sing about.

2-1 v Manchester United (h) 29th December 2007
by East Stand Martin

(replaced Solano, 49) Without a shadow of a doubt his best game in a claret & blue shirt. Was everywhere and fouls on him led to the first goal (indirectly) and the second (more directly).

2-1 v Manchester United (h) 29th December 2007
by Gordon Thrower

(replaced Solano, 49) Without a shadow of a doubt his best game in a claret & blue shirt. Was everywhere and fouls on him led to the first goal (indirectly) and the second (more directly).

2-1 v Manchester United (h) 29th December 2007
by Jacob Steinberg

(replaced Solano, 49) Against the attacking Evra, he did all he could to keep him back. He holds on to the ball well even if he doesn't seem to know where he's going, and this was a real surprise of a game from him.

5-0 v Derby County (a) 10th November 2007
by Gordon Thrower

(replaced McCartney, 14) A bit of an unsteady start but as the Derby threat faded he was able to settle down a bit and push forward as evidence by his part in Etherington’s goal.

5-0 v Derby County (a) 10th November 2007
by East Stand Martin

(replaced McCartney, 14) A bit of an unsteady start but as the Derby threat faded he was able to settle down a bit and push forward as evidence by his part in Etherington’s goal.

1-1 v Bolton Wanderers (h) 4th November 2007
by Graeme Howlett

(replaced Bowyer, 85) Got booked, nearly hit the corner flag with one shot and was on when Bolton equalised. But like Spector, a central midfielder he is not.

2-1 v Coventry City (a) 30th October 2007
by Graeme Howlett

(replaced Noble, 46) The forgotten man of the squad, but a decent first start of the season despite playing an unfamiliar midfield role.

 

2006/07 Match Notes & Ratings

0-1 v Watford (h) 27th January 2007
by East Stand Martin

(Replaced Neill, 48) Okay going forward, not really tested defensively - though he was well out of position in the build-up to Watford’s only effort of the second half.

0-1 v Watford (h) 27th January 2007
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Neill, 48) Okay going forward, not really tested defensively - though he was well out of position in the build-up to Watford’s only effort of the second half.

1-2 v Chesterfield (a) 24th October 2006
by Nick Bull

Awful. Poor on the ball, worse defending it.

1-2 v Chesterfield (a) 24th October 2006
by East Stand Martin

A bit of a shocker. Defensively he is a bit of a liability at the moment although going forward he has the ability to pose problems. With our current dearth of wide midfielders Pardew could probably do worse than think about using Paintsil further up the field.

0-1 v Tottenham Hotspur (a) 22nd October 2006
by Nick Bull

Good to see him back for the first time in a month and a half. Not afraid to attack his man going forward.

0-1 v Tottenham Hotspur (a) 22nd October 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Good to see him back though he should have been a lot tighter on Mido for the goal.

1-2 v Liverpool (a) 26th August 2006
by Nick Bull

Energetic display on the right side of the back four. Defensively sound as well, which is reassuring.

1-2 v Liverpool (a) 26th August 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Maybe lucky that the ref saw Crouch’s arm all over him first before the penalty incident. An enthusiastic 90 from the Ghanain who can’t spell his own name.

1-1 v Watford (a) 22nd August 2006
by Gordon Thrower

Looked fine going forward but defensively had a hard game – especially in the second half when Watford targeted him in the air.

1-1 v Watford (a) 22nd August 2006
by East Stand Martin

Once again he looked fantastic driving forward down the right flank - and once again there are question marks over his ability to defend competently. Should Pardew's attempts to land a right-winger prove fruitless, and from what we've witnessed thus far this season, one suspects he could do worse than look at our favourite Ghanaian as a possible solution.

1-1 v Watford (a) 22nd August 2006
by Graeme Howlett

Once again he looked fantastic driving forward down the right flank - and once again there are question marks over his ability to defend competently. Should Pardew's attempts to land a right-winger prove fruitless, and from what we've witnessed thus far this season, one suspects he could do worse than look at our favourite Ghanaian as a possible solution.

3-1 v Charlton Athletic (h) 19th August 2006
by Nick Bull

(Replaced Mears, 45) Looks quality going forward, even after Reid was bought on to stop his forward runs. I think he will be defensively sound when called upon in the future.

3-1 v Charlton Athletic (h) 19th August 2006
by Gordon Thrower

(Replaced Mears, 45) Linked up well with Bowyer in the second half – another one who had little to do defensively.

3-1 v Charlton Athletic (h) 19th August 2006
by East Stand Martin

(Replaced Mears, 45) Brought on for Tye Mears in order to give the Hammers more options going forward - which he did. Although he doesn't look the strongest of full-backs he's certainly quick.

1-1 v Olympiakos (h) 12th August 2006
by Graeme Howlett

(Replaced Mears, 45) Very positive bombing forward on the right side; looked shaky in defence though.

 

2005/06 Match Notes & Ratings

John Paintsil has no entries for this season.

 

2004/05 Match Notes & Ratings

John Paintsil has no entries for this season.