Transfer deadline mayhem
West Ham fans were all holding their breath, waiting to see who Sullivan and Gold were going to bring in on transfer deadline day....but the waiting and anticipation turned out to be false hope, as we missed out on our chance to bring in a much-needed striker to fill in the blanks up front.
September 6th, 2013
As it stands, we currently have three known strikers on the payroll: the first is our club’s record signing, Andy Carroll, who is injury-prone. Our other two strikers are not good enough to cause Premier League defences any harm. Maiga has started up front in all three of our games so far this campaign; you can count the amount of attempts on goal that he has had on one hand, and Vaz Te is a good championship striker, at best.
A lot of fans are outraged at Sullivan and Gold’s poor attempt to bolster our attacking options. Personally, I would have preferred them not to have bought Andy Carroll and spent the £15m on two strikers – one main striker and a good alternative. Carroll’s openness to injury is just too much of a burden in my opinion. When fit, Carroll can cause even the best Premier League defences to suffer headaches, but he cannot do much when he spends half the season on the treatment table.
Just when West Ham fans thought it couldn’t get any worse, our last resort comprised of us re-signing free agent Carlton Cole, who just left a couple of months prior. Personally, I like Carlton Cole. I think he is a better back-up striker than both Maiga and Vaz Te, but after undergoing a medical the ex-international was deemed to be unfit, and would take up to 8 weeks to get back to full match fitness. An absolute joke for a professional that is supposed to be seeking a club to play for! Or is there more to the story than meets the eye?
The whole handling of our striker situation has been second-rate, but on we must go. Hopefully, Carroll can somehow keep himself fit till January, when we are (undoubtedly?) going to acquire the services of a new striker. The Stoke game did not exactly turn out as we would have hoped, but every team has an off-day. The players and fans just need to pick themselves up and look to the Southampton game. We are more than a football club; we are a way of life.