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Farewell, Faubert

Filed: Wednesday, 23rd May 2012
By: Staff Writer

Julien Faubert has failed to land a new contract at West Ham and is to be released on a free transfer.

The French midfielder, who cost West Ham 6.1million when signing from Bordeaux in the summer of 2007 is one of six players on West Ham's list of players to be released this summer.

The flying Frenchman - who insisted upon joining West Ham that he harboured hopes of one day playing for Arsenal - endured an horrendous start to his career in east London when he tore his Achilles in a pre-season friendly against Sigma in Austria.

After returning from injury in January 2008, he made his debut in a 2-1 win over Fulham at the Boleyn Ground, his first of eight appearances that season. But having failed to establish himself at the club the following season he moved to Real Madrid on loan for the latter part of the 2008/09 campaign, to the surprise of many - a deal that earned the Hammers around 1million.

[Real's] description may leave some United supporters wondering if they are talking about the same Julien Faubert who has failed to make an impression at West Ham...
- KUMB.com, 31st January 2009

Faubert's spell in Spain resulted in just two appearances - whilst he was also caught falling asleep on the bench during one match against Villareal. So it was no surprise when Real failed to make his loan spell permanent and he was back in east London for the 2009/10 campaign during which he made 36 appearances.

It was during the same campaign that Faubert lost his mother but played for West Ham just 48 hours later - a decision that earned him respect from the supporters who had, on the whole, derided his input until that point.

That season proved to be his best in a claret and blue shirt and KUMB readers voted Faubert runner-up Player of the Year and Most Improved player at the end of the 2009/10 campaign. He was now considered by many to be something of a cult hero on the terraces.

However as with several of his team mates, Faubert's form was to dip dramatically the following year under the tutelage of Avram Grant and the season ended in misery as the Hammers were relegated from the Premier League.

Thankfully those wrongs were righted in 2011/12 and the Frenchman made 37 appearances - including a cameo role at Wembley in the play-off Final - as West Ham returned to the top flight at the first attempt.

The other five senior players to be released by West Ham this summer are John Carew, Abdoulaye Faye, Frank Nouble, Papa Bouba Diop and Academy graduate Oliver Lee - whilst the on-loan Henri Lansbury returns to Arsenal.

Meanwhile scholars Sam Cowler, Lamar Hurley, David Wootton and Jake Young have also been told they may leave the club.

Faubert at West Ham

2007/08: Pld 8, Bkd 1
2008/09: Pld 24, Bkd 3
2009/10: Pld 36, Gls 1, Bkd 6
2010/11: Pld 16, Bkd 2
2011/12: Pld 37, Gls 1, Bkd 7

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by Alex P
12:06PM 28th May 2012
''Faubert would be in my worst WHU squad of all time...''

by Mike
06:52PM 27th May 2012
''@Mark: Since I wrote that, I saw something that suggested that a factor (who knows how much so) in the release of Julien was his (presumably Prem-level) wages. That makes the decision more understandable. I shall remember him with a certain fondness, though, for his effort alone. It would be fair to say he never achieved what everyone expected (himself included, I imagine)! I think "poor" is more than a little unfair, however, especially considering the horrible injury he suffered.

Since I've never been convinced by O'Brien, I'm afraid I'm not reassured by the thought of him competing with Demel for the RB position. As you say, he's injury prone; I've also thought that he is rash, more rash, perhaps, than Taylor, who is bad emough. He may not always be injured, but he will be suspended, and then we've only Demel as an alternative? Not confidence-inspiring...

I really do hope we re-sign George. He's a quality LB, tried & tested at Prem level. Not the paciest, but otherwise solid. What worries me is that Sam seemed to prefer Taylor, even when there were no reports that said GM was unavailable through injury / suspension. If we play Taylor at LB next season we WILL lose games.

Finally, Nouble? As I said, I dunno. I do know that, not that long ago, we released a player who made a fair old impact on the Prem for a couple seasons. Was it his knees that caught up with him? Jimmy Bullard. We told him he was too small. We released him young; I think it's fair to say he proved he could play at the top level. Maybe Nouble will too. Only hindsight will tell!''

by jimmy
08:46PM 26th May 2012
''Buy Stella back, get Danny Collins back as cover for Reid and Tomka. Danny Potts can cover for Stella at left back, Joey Cole back to strengthen the midfield. Baldock and Maynard up front with Carlton Cole to finish the job off and take a chance on Jordan Rhodes.''

by Mark Speller
02:36PM 24th May 2012
''Mike - I think you are forgetting about Joey O'Brien for RB. He's been fantastic for us this season, and will do fine next season. Could see Sam strengthening at RB though as O'Brien and Demel both injury prone. And as for LB. We will sign McCartney on a permanent deal in the summer. Can't see him playing Taylor there unless desperate. Don't forget Danny Potts coming through although probably not ready for Premier League yet.

Nouble will never make it at this club. Just not good enough. And as for Faubert he probably was one of our better players this season. But overall his West Ham career has been poor and he doesn't put the performances in to justify his wages. We will hopefully get in someone better on half the money Julian was on.''

by Jake F
07:50AM 24th May 2012
''Faubert was just too inconsistent. At times we saw glimpses of what he is capable of but this was only sporadic. I think he found his level in the Championship and this has been seen by BFS. I wish him luck wherever he ends up but think we made the right decision in releasing him. As for the others, no surprises there.''

by Mike
09:12PM 23rd May 2012
''Stupid. Stupid, stupid, stupid. This now means that Demel is our right back for the Prem? Along, presumably, with Taylor at LB. We're coming straight back down if that stays as is.

I acknowledge that Julian was erratic, but he was, at least, whole-hearted. He's quicker than Demel, his passing is better (oh yes it is!) and he isn't any more prone to screwing up than Demel. But now we have just Demel...

I'll shed no tears over Diop, Carew, and Faye. Only Faye gave us any decent return on expenditure and even he was an injury prone lump. Maybe releasing Nouble is a mistake, I dunno, you can never be sure with young players. But releasing Faubert when Demel is apparently your first choice FB? I am already less than positive about our chances next season...''

by Taffyhammer
08:29PM 23rd May 2012
''I thought that Julien was one of our better players - an asset to the team. Unfortunate injury to an obviously gifted winger. When he did get a chance, he made a very good impression at right full back - out of position, but always willing and surprisingly competent. Sad to see him leaving. He was up for it when Dyer, Gabbidon, Bellamy, McCarthy felt a little too queasy. Also, he seemed to be setting a better example to our under-performing (we've made it now, so no need to push ourselves, let's stroll) boys like Sears, Hines, Stanislas, Collison and a couple of others.

Would love to see Hitz and Demba Ba back, Joe Cole maybe, and Sam and Nicky playing in position. Well done everyone for finally getting us back to PL. Onwards and upwards - we're with you Sam. All the best Julien and thanks for your efforts. COYI.''

by Mark Speller
01:16PM 23rd May 2012
''We won't miss a single one of those players next season as long as we strengthen in those positions (especially centre defence). Some over-rated players on too high wages - namely Faubert and Carew - Hopefully we can get in some better players on lower wages.''

by Tim
12:57PM 23rd May 2012
''No tears shed from me - I never really liked this bad Vin Diesel lookalike.''

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