Tuesday the 31st of January 2012 certainly had its ups and downs for West Ham, from our embarrassing 5-1 defeat at Portman road to the late signings of Nicky Maynard, Ricardo Vaz Te and Ravel Morrison, the weekday was certainly an eventful one.
Leading up to the fixture West Ham had only managed to secure the services of George John, a 6ft 3 defender from FC Dallas. With rumours buzzing around the forums expressing the possible last minute signings, Tuesday night looked potentially like it could be a memorable night for all the right reasons i.e. West Ham seal a win at Ipswich and later that night go on to purchase a plethora of quality players, in hindsight, only half of this came true.
Looking for experience? Just want to be heard outside of the Boleyn? We are currently looking for writers, drop us an email at email@example.com for more details On Tuesday night West Ham displayed a truly lacklustre performance and most importantly was outplayed by Ipswich Town FC, from Carlton Cole upfront to Robert Green between the sticks it was a genuinely dire performance. Even at 3-1 we knew realistically it was unlikely that there was a way back into the game for the hammers. The failure to supply Cole early on with opportunities proved to be a major factor in the defeat and the same continued when Baldock was introduced at half time. West Ham lacked creativity! Can our new signings solve this issue? Ravel Morrison, once described by top journalist Henry Winter as, “a wonderfully skilful youngster who could grace England’s midfield for years to come.” Ravel Morrison born in Wythenshawe, Manchester in 1993 was tipped to be the best new player to come through Manchester United’s youth system and excel in the first team, however, due to his off-pitch behaviour he had not matured enough to make the step up only managing 3 senior appearances for The Red Devils (Carling Cup, all from the bench.) I as a West Ham supporter don’t want to dwell on the fact that he has been in trouble with the law, as personally I’d rather focus on what the young man could bring to our football club- Morrison, in terms of ability, is the real deal: balance, speed, control, vision, flair, strong on either foot, an eye for a pass and a prolific scorer for a wide, left-sided player. West Ham completed the signing of the youngster on Tuesday night and the fee could rise to £1million after Morrison’s agent spent the day negotiating personal terms for the 18-year-old, Morrison has signed a three-and-a-half year deal at Upton Park. The fastest growing Hammers website is now on Facebook, click the link to be entered into our up and coming competitions http://www.facebook.com/pages/ForeverWestHamcom/200938616608282 Ricardo Vaz Te, a former Portugal Under-21 player began his career at Farense. The 25-year-old, who signed a two-and-a-half-year deal for the hammers (an undisclosed fee), has managed 12 league starts and scored 10 goals for Barnsley since arriving in June last year. Vaz Te, who previously played with Hibernian and Hull, made 75 appearances for Bolton under Big Sam during a seven-year spell with the Premier League side. Could Vaz Te provide us with that attacking edge we so much desire? I believe he can, the Portuguese striker showed signs of pure finesse when Barnsley came to Upton Park. Will Allardyce play Vaz Te to partner Cole? Or maybe upfront with super Sammy Baldock? Perhaps Big Sam will opt for a completely fresh forward line, linking Vaz Te with the player I predict will turn out to be our best signing of the window; Nicky Maynard.
Nicky Maynard, a proven natural goal scorer, the Cheshire born striker was tipped by to sign for a Premier League side in the January transfer window as many felt he had enough quality to prove himself in top flight football. Although linked with a move to Wigan Athletic or Swansea, Maynard signed for West Ham for an undisclosed fee, with the deal thought to be worth around £2m. For West Ham I believe Maynard could have such an eye for a goal that he could definitely play a key part in our promotion campaign this season.
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In the near future i.e. this Saturday’s clash with Millwall I can only see Maynard and Vaz Te making their debuts for the club as I feel it will take young Morrison a few weeks/months to fully settle down to his new environment in East London. To conclude, I feel West Hams signings this particular transfer window (including George John) have been excellent and could all prove instrumental in getting West Ham United back where they belong – The Premier League
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