A Positive Transfer Window But……

When the clock strikes 11 on the 31st August clubs from all over the country can breathe a massive sigh of relief as the fairground attraction that is the transfer window finally ends.

West Ham have had a big change in personnel with 11 new players bought in and 7 first team players departing but do I agree with all of our transfer dealings?

SELLING MAYNARD

I think this is a bad bit of business by us, Nicky Maynard is a proven goal scorer at every club he has been at and would have certainly scored goals in the top flight, Big Sam didn’t help his cause by playing him in the flanks instead of the main striker where he is most effective. I would have recommended a loan till January so he can get a run of games.

JARVIS/CARROLL

This is what I’m most looking forward to, the prospect of Jarvis putting in some tasty crosses onto Carrolls head. This is the logic behind Allardyces thinking and it’s right, With our “kick and rush” style of play this will suit Carroll nicely and Jarvis has a nice big target to land his crosses on.

JAMES COLLINS

Starting the pre season with two centre halfs wasn’t ideal and definitely needed strengthening and Collins fits the bill. A proven, accomplished defender at this level will bring some competition, solidity and experience to what is a young pair of defenders in Reid and Tompkins. I would have loved to have seen one more good quality defender though…..

ROBERT GREEN

I know Green got a little greedy and wanted a significant pay rise but in hindsight I think Gold and Sullivan should have pulled out all of the stops to keep him on our books. With the shaky start of Jussi Jaaskelainen and the QPR’s arrival of Julio Cesar im guessing Green would have liked to have stayed.

YOSSI BENAYOUN

FINALLY SOME CREATIVITY, we have been screaming out for some quality in the final third and old hammers favourite Benayoun rejoins on a season long loan,

In
James Collins (Aston Villa) Undisclosed
Mohamed Diame (Wigan Athletic) Free
Alou Diarra (Marseille) Undisclosed
Stephen Henderson (Portsmouth) Undisclosed
Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton Wanderers) Free
George McCartney (Sunderland) Free
Modibo Maiga (FC Sochaux-Montbeliard) Undisclosed
Raphael Spiegel (Grasshopper Club Zurich) Undisclosed
Matt Jarvis (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Yossi Benayoun (Chelsea) Loan
Andy Carroll (Liverpool) Loan

Out
Pablo Barrera (Cruz Azul) Undisclosed
Robert Green (Queens Park Rangers) Free
Ravel Morrison (Birmingham City) Loan
Frank Nouble (released)
Freddie Sears (Colchester) Free
Sam Baldock (Bristol City) Undisclosed
Nicky Maynard (Cardiff City) Undisclosed

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When will the Andy Carroll saga end?

ImageWhen will the Andy Carroll saga end?

 

All this summer West Ham have been linked with Liverpool’s underachieving striker Andy Carroll. Carroll 23, has seemed to be frozen out of the Liverpool team since the arrival of Brendan “Total Football” Rodgers to Anfield from Swansea over the summer. 

 

Since his british record 35 million pound move from Newcastle in the 2010/2011 January transfer window, Carroll has scored just just 11 goals in 18 unfruitful months on Merseyside. But why is Sam Allardyce so interested in the 6ft 6in striker?

Is it because he worked with him briefly when Big Sam was Newcastle manager and maybe saw something he we haven’t? or is it because he is a typical Allardyce mould of striker.

Allardyce likes to play long balls to a big, tall strong striker who can bully the opposition defenders and get on the end of crosses which would suit Carroll to the ground, but does the reported 2 million loan fee and 17 million transfer fee next season seem good value for money? In my opinion No!

 

With a squad that has come up from the Premier League, i feel the reported 17 million could be spent better elsewhere, considering we are severely lacking pace and creativity in our midfield, the squad looking thin on personnel and only 3 recognised central defenders at the club. Also, we already have a typical Allardyce striker in Carlton Cole so i don’t feel the need the need to spend a lot of money on the same type of player. Although i would recommend signing Andy Carroll on loan for the reported 2 million and nothing else because our type of football would suit him. To be fair to Carroll, Liverpool and Kenny Dalgleish never played to his strengths and at times he looked like a rabbit in headlights but Liverpool were daft to pay 35 million pounds for a player that clearly isn’t and i wouldn’t want West Ham to pay around 17 million for again a player that isn’t near that value.