Astute business or another misfiring forward?


So, after half a season of ‘will he or won’t he?’ West Ham finally bagged Nicky Maynard at the 11th hour to complete their business during the transfer window.

The question is – will it be worth the wait? Maynard, at 25, is still a couple of years from his peak and could represent an astute piece of business by Sam Allardyce and the West Ham board.

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Possessing genuine pace, Maynard is a strikers striker, able to sniff out a chance in the box but also able to be lethal from distance. Linking well with Adamoah at Bristol City, Hammers fans will hope he can do the same with another newcomer, Ricardo Vaz Te who has already scored 10 goals this season from wide positions for Barnsley.

Maynard’s scoring record has been impressivescoring 35 goals in 57 starts for Crewe and weighing in with 46 in 130 starts for City. He is a proven goalscorer in the Championship in a struggling side so Hammers fans will hope that the improved quality of players around him will see him add substantially to the 8 goals he has netted this season where injuries and motivation will have played a part in his performances to date.

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One big question is how Maynard will be employed at West Ham. Most of his success has come within a 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 line up and with Sam’s liking for one up front it could leave him an isolated figure which would surely defeat the object of bringing him on board. With the right shape and support Maynard could be the key player as Hammers begin the push for promotion.

No doubt a debut in the cauldron that is a home encounter with Millwall will give the former Bristol City man a chance to become an instant hit with the Iron’s faithful. Or will he prove to be another addition to Hammers long list of misfiring attackers???

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  • geoff says:

    he cant be any worse than what we have already got.
    why are fans so negative-sam knows what he is doing,
    this is the problem we have at west ham we are not used to having managers who do.
    just relax and enjoy the ride.

  • Graham says:

    Give him a chance! FFS!!
    Remember we are top still despite the Ipswich result and that may prove a good motivator for the rest of the season.
    Surely even the most negative “supporter” should be happy with our January transfers?

  • Reece says:

    Well said Geoff and Graham. I dont understand some fans. Sam has come in and done a great job rebuilding a shattered team devoid of confidence. Our new signings are inspirational and now hopefully Sam can start really playing some football.


  • stuart says:

    ipswich was a wake up call sam should now play 4 4 2kick nolan out and play noble and collison,nobles not a true captain ,he looks average in a 4 5 1 cause noble covers his back side all the time taylor and vaz te wide with baldock and maynard up front

  • rob says:

    agree with previous posts..big sam was brought here to take us up..we are top..what more can he just listening to talksport and the 2 presenters are even saying west ham fans are turning into a load of we want to be like whinging spurs fans??

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