New Season Preview – West Ham Needs a Wingman
We have not replaced the void which was left by Etherington on the wing; Zola, Grant and even Allardyce have been making due with make-shift wingers, which has been irritating me for quite some time now.
August 13th, 2012
“Will it fall to one of them? It just might be Carlton Cole…VAZ TE!” Even though that fateful day was just under three months ago, those words are still making the hairs on my arms stand on end. Fast forward to the present, and it’s safe to say that a lot has changed at West Ham; we have brought in 8 new signings and it is looking as if it’s not going to end there. We are currently being linked to Matt Jarvis of Wolves and Clint Dempsey of Fulham. Both players would provide us with something we’ve been missing for quite some time now.
We have not replaced the void which was left by Etherington on the wing; Zola, Grant and even Allardyce have been making do with make-shift wingers, which has been irritating me for quite some time now. I know some of you are most probably reading this and thinking to yourself “what about Matty Taylor and Gary O’Neil?” Well, as much as I love Taylor for his set-piece delivery and the pinpoint precision of his crosses, he just does not have the pace or ability to take on his man. As for O’Neil, he has the pace and work ethics, but he does not have that creative spark to trouble the opposition…this is why I’d happily welcome a player of Matt Jarvis’ calibre to West Ham.
Now moving onto Dempsey, one of his selling points is the fact that he is very versatile – as well as playing as a lone striker, he can play on the wing or as an attacking midfielder. Even though I have sung all this praise of the American, I honestly can’t see him coming to West Ham, as he has the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool after him; teams that are more likely to provide him with champions league football, unless the potential of us getting Olympic Stadium is what entices him in.
One of the authors that works on my site was lucky enough to get a ticket at the Olympic Stadium, and his feedback was extremely welcome. He said that the atmosphere was immense and that his viewpoint was a lot better than he was expecting – seeing as he was sitting in the top tier, this is good news for us fans. I am one of the fans in favour of the move, but we will save that for another day. The main point of this article is to say that things are looking good for all those associated with West Ham United. Come on you irons!
Written by Sam Hewitt. @Sam_Hewitt