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“The greatest striker we never saw”

Post by aaronhammer » Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:05 am

I’ve just watched the below YouTube video from Geo on Hammerschat with Dean Ashton, which is very much recommended, and it got me thinking when Geo says Ashton was the greatest striker we never saw. Would we all concur with that, or who else would we pick? Perhaps we shouldn’t limit it to just strikers too.

Carroll is an obvious contender as he was a pure game changer when fit. Whilst Ashton was a much more all round player.

Whilst not blighted by injuries, Bellamy’s West Ham career could also surely have been more impactful if not for our financial woes at that time. Then there was Demba Ba.


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Re: “The greatest striker we never saw”

Post by mushy » Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:13 am

We did see him though.
I don't understand the question.

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Re: “The greatest striker we never saw”

Post by steveyrockstar » Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:22 am

Never saw them reach their peak or fulfill their potential, I guess it means? Presumably with us if the OP is suggesting Bellamy

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Re: “The greatest striker we never saw”

Post by steveyrockstar » Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:22 am

Terry Dixon

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Re: “The greatest striker we never saw”

Post by The Old Man of Storr » Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:23 am

John Hartson's career at West Ham ended far too quickly , always thought it would have been better for him had he stayed with us but that Berkovic incident made things untenable - he was never quite the same after he left .

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Re: “The greatest striker we never saw”

Post by aaronhammer » Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:24 am

steveyrockstar wrote:
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:22 am
Never saw them reach their peak or fulfill their potential, I guess it means? Presumably with us if the OP is suggesting Bellamy
Yeah that’s how I interpreted the statement about Ashton.

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Re: “The greatest striker we never saw”

Post by e17 » Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:51 am

Ashton’s loss to us felt even bigger because when he was out the alternatives were so limited - he genuinely grabbed a few games by the scruff of the neck and won them for us, and we played exceptionally on the break with him in the team.

He didn’t get to reach his potential, but we at least got to see him have his best spell of football at WHU.

More seem to have come here and become rubbish than the other way around.

Only slightly the same, but Danny Williamson was another example of a player who I honestly thought was destined for big things.

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Re: “The greatest striker we never saw”

Post by e17 » Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:53 am

The Old Man of Storr wrote:
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:23 am
John Hartson's career at West Ham ended far too quickly , always thought it would have been better for him had he stayed with us but that Berkovic incident made things untenable - he was never quite the same after he left .
I was genuinely gutted the morning he appeared on The Sun backpage in a Wimbledon shirt.

In retrospect, I hadn’t realized he’d actually not been getting a lot of goals for us at the point we sold him

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Re: “The greatest striker we never saw”

Post by S-H » Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:55 am

Andy Carroll

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Re: “The greatest striker we never saw”

Post by BillUp » Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:56 am

Paulo Futre. He was a top top player. :D

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Re: “The greatest striker we never saw”

Post by Puff Daddy » Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:12 am

I have often wondered what Boogers might have been like, if we actually played to his strengths and gave him a proper chance, but we did neither

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Re: “The greatest striker we never saw”

Post by iLoveLasagne » Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:27 am

Eider Gudjohnsen?
Savio?
Not a striker but I was sure that Collison was going to be playing for a top 4 club at one point.

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Re: “The greatest striker we never saw”

Post by kenthammer1984 » Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:32 am

I still don’t think Ashton was THAT good (as as god like as some posters on here think he was)

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Re: “The greatest striker we never saw”

Post by ironilunga » Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:43 am

Robbie Keane - What happened?

Enner Valencia - really like him as a player - just too inconsistent.


Others:
Bernard Lama - Really enjoyed his cameo and would have loved him to have had a couple of seasons with us.

Javier Margas - I think there was a really good defender in there somewhere.

Mascherano

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Re: “The greatest striker we never saw”

Post by Tenbury » Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:46 am

Dani.

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Re: “The greatest striker we never saw”

Post by 21212 » Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:53 am

Probably alone here, but I thought Ashton was over rated. IMO, didn't have the pace to be top quality.

I would put Kanoute top of my list. When on loan to us he was umplayable, pace, leap, technique. When we signed him permanently he suffered a back/hamstring injury and, IMO, never recovered. After that injury his running technique changed and he always seemed to play/run at 75% because of the injury.

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Re: “The greatest striker we never saw”

Post by scatts » Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:35 am

At the end of the season the answer to this will be Haller.

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Re: “The greatest striker we never saw”

Post by iLoveLasagne » Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:47 am

Probably Ravel

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Re: “The greatest striker we never saw”

Post by Samba » Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:24 pm

ironilunga wrote:
Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:43 am
Robbie Keane - What happened?
Just too old & past it by the time he came to us.
West Ham have bought many 20 year old Porsches over the years, so (it would seem) that we could say, 'Look, we've got a Porsche'.
We got some decent mileage out of some of them but sadly, more often than not, we didn't.

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Re: “The greatest striker we never saw”

Post by Aceface » Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:29 pm

Drogba

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