After another disappointing loss at the hands of Liverpool last Saturday, West ham United’s fall down the league table starts to gather pace as the Christmas period moves ever closer. Hardly surprising as the hammers have been playing without a striker for the last couple of months. Now I’m not a manager, but even I realise that if you are going to score goals in the Premier league, in fact, any league.. then you are going to need a striker. Of course the blame cannot be aimed at Allardyce for the injury to Andy Carroll, but some West Ham fans might argue that if you are too spend the majority of the transfer kitty on one player, then he has to be the right player.
Knowing that Carroll would be out for at least a few months, you would think that buying another striker, even on a temporary basis would be big Sam’s main priority, apparently not. What West ham needed was another winger in Stewart Downing. So not only did West Ham still not have decent striker, but they now had ANOTHER West Ham midfielder to set up the non-existing front man. In his defence, he did go out and get Mladen Petric and bring back Mr Marmite himself.. Carlton Cole. All well and good when you’re playing these guys, but on a number of occasions he played six in midfield and left them both on the bench, centre backs up and down the premier league must be praying that they have West Ham in their next fixture; after all, if you didn’t have to work for your wages, would you?
In most post-match interviews that Allardyce has had this season he has openly vented his frustration towards the finishing of his players, or lack of. When you look at West Ham’s midfield, it is actually surprisingly impressive. Two wingers who have both once upon a time pushed towards a place within the England side- Jarvis and Downing. Mr consistent Mark Noble, who in my opinion should be at least considered for the National side. The young man Ravel Morrison who was once thought so highly of by the legend that is Sir Alex Ferguson, that he was actually quoted in saying that he was one of the finest talents that Manchester United ever produced, Quite a statement considering he was the one who brought through the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.
The hammer’s skipper Kevin Nolan has had a a pretty forgetful start to this years Premier league campaign, but will be an important figure in West Ham’s fight towards survival. Not to mention the other midfielder’s in Diame, Collison, Vaz Te and Cole. It’s all well and good having these midfielder’s, but without a striker they’re fighting a losing battle. The fact that West Ham have had over 55% of possession in several games but yet have lost them and have failed to score in eight games suggests that serious change is needed at the Boleyn ground.
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