Filed: Thursday, 21st May 2009
By: Staff Writer
Freddie Sears admits that a spell on loan would be the best possible move for him next season.
Gianfranco Zola revealed earlier thsi week that 19-year-old Sears is likely to spend next season out on loan having failed to breakthrough to the first team on a regular basis this term.
It is a scenario that Sears appears to agree with; taking to the ELA, he said:
"It's hard not playing every game because you need a little run in the team to get going, but once you get a goal, your confidence is really high. I think if I play a few games, I'll have a chance to show what I can really do.
"When you're not playing at West Ham, you just want to play football and going on loan is something I'd definitely be interested in. Some of the boys have come back after going out on loan and you can see that it's helped - just confidence-wise and just playing in front of thousands of people every week."
Sears is almost certain to have to drop a level in order to achieve his ambition of regular football - but it's not a situation that phases him.
"We've discussed what could happen at the start of next season and I think the Championship is a good, strong level to go and develop your football," he added. "For me, a London team would be nice - a team from around here. But if you have to go away from home, you live with it.
"I've looked to go out this year, but there's not been too many players around and it's been hard for the manager to let me go. But it's hard only playing 15 minutes here and there and there's not many reserve games."
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12:37PM 21st May 2009
''It's fair enough to lend out Freddie so he can get some first team experience but he should be loaned to a club that plays West Ham's style of football, and has a manager/coach with a good reputation for instilling the right attitude in his young players. That would seem to rule out Crystal Palace, on both counts.''
11:31AM 21st May 2009
''Good luck Freddie Sears, hope you come back an even better striker. Hope you go to a good footballing club like QPR or Leyton Orient.
What I mean by this is they both play good attacking football and this would suit you, and you will score plenty of goals. Good luck Fred.''
09:27AM 21st May 2009
''This made me literally laugh out loud, no way we would send any West Ham player to old blame game Warnock: