You hear a lot of the time football fans talking about their favourite all-time team for the club they support. They reminisce about the good old days where proper tackling took place and there were no cries of players asking for more money.
If we were writing about West Ham’s greatest strikers you would hear all the usual suspects; Geoff Hurst, Tony Cottee, Paulo Di Canio and so on.
But this article is about the club’s worst strikers this century and there are countless options to pick from in the top 10.
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This is in no particular order and if you feel I have missed anyone out feel free to comment below.
We’ll start in the year 2000, when Harry Redknapp was manager. He bought some good players but ‘Arry also attracted some rubbish to the club as well.
Redknapp signed Liverpool forward Titi Camara for £1.5 million. He has to be one of the worst transfer deals in the history of the club, he only played 14 games in three years, scoring none.
Mido was one of many poor strikers who played under Gianfranco Zola. He was only paid £1000 a week but that was £1000 too many. Mido said on his signing for the club; “I’m sure I’ll do well here.” He didn’t. He scored no goals.
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Benni McCarthy was another scoreless striker. In truth, we signed him five years too late and only played 11 times for the club.
Neil Mellor has done well recently with Preston and Sheffield Wednesday, but at West Ham he had a bad time of it. He looked overweight and missed a lot of chances, he only scored two goals.
Emmanuel Omoyinmi will go down in history at West Ham, but for the wrong reasons. He was the illegible player which forced West Ham to play Aston Villa again in a replay having already played in the competition for Gillingham in the 1999/00 season.
I still can’t believe what Sir Alex Ferguson and Alan Pardew saw in David Bellion. He may have had a bit of pace that was about it.
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I believe Frédéric Piquionne has been a waste of money. He was signed for £1 million by Avram Grant and has only scored 8 goals in 54 league games.
There are mentions for Davor Suker, Guillermo Franco and Samassi Abou.