One step forward, two steps back
West Ham faced Cardiff City in a relegation candidate battle, with the Hammers in the midst of a losing drought. The need for a boost in team morale was critical, and thankfully we came out victorious with Carlton Cole and Mark Noble both getting a goal apiece.
January 20th, 2014
The win against Cardiff allowed us to take one step forward, but it got cancelled out after losing 3-1 to Newcastle in our following match. However, there are some positives to take out of the game: Carlton Cole scored yet again (not officially), Andy Carroll got some more time under his belt, Collins returned from his injury, Ravel Morrison got back in the squad and we got through the match injury-free. However, Carroll and Carlton Cole had two fantastic opportunities to put us back in the lead when the score was at 2-1. We are still in dire need of another striker.
It is that time of the year again – the January transfer window is open, which is when West Ham United are linked to near enough every player under the sun. In the past we have been linked to Neymar, Ronaldinho, David Beckham, Remy, Diego Forlan and many more. This time round, we have been linked to Lacina Traore, a potentially top-quality striker, just for the deal to unsurprisingly fall through. One step forward, two steps back!
Our transfer windows seem to follow a pattern:
- 1. Marquee signings dangled in front of our faces like carrots
- 2. Get really close to ‘completing’ the deal
- 3. Deal breaks down due to ‘reasons unknown’
- 4. Another Premier League team snaps them up
The two recent cases of the said pattern are Wilfried Bony and Loic Remy. The latter seems to like scoring against us, and it will undoubtedly become a regular occurrence for him.
However, there are still 16 games left to play, we have plenty of players returning from injury and I am sure Sullivan and Gold will bring in a couple of more new faces before the window shuts. Come on you Irons!