Time to say goodbye?


Freddie Sears, a player with so much promise and seemingly very loyal, he was willing to sit and wait for his chance in the first team and many fans, including me, were willing him to take that chance by the scruff of the neck and show the strikers how to play this beautiful game! Unfortunately, such a promising start for the

youngster failed to materialise. I’m going to take a look back over Sears’ short career so far.

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2007- 2008

It was in this year that the name Sears started to pick up momentum and make its way around the terraces. After having a very successful time in the youth team he was promoted to the reserves, Finishing the season with a total of 25 goals in 24 games

Sears was showing he was no pushover, at that level. Tony Carr was so impressed with Sears he came out in the press and said he could see him making a first team appearance in the near future.

On the 15th of March 2008 Sears came on to replace Nolberto Solano in a league game against Blackburn Rovers on the 75 minute mark. The game was locked at 1-1 but that was a bout to change. Tiny in stature, Sears run onto the bitch to a roar from the fans and was encouraged by everyone in the ground from the first second. 5 Minutes and 16 seconds, that’s all it took for Sears to score his debut goal and to win the game for West Ham. After seeing his first shot rebounded he was first onto it and nodded it in, crossing his arms above his head to make the “Hammers” sign.

It is genuinely sad to say, this didn’t last…

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2008 – 2010

Sears was back in the reserves for this season and was making noise while he was there, whilst being joint top scorer of the league Gianfranco Zola seemed to take an interest in the

youngster and gave him a 5 year contract as well as loaning him out so he could gain some first team experience.

In June 2009 Sears made a loan move to Crystal Palace, after rejecting Sheffield Wednesday, Peterborough and Queen Park Rangers.

Ok the 15th of August 2009 Sears “scored” against Bristol City but the goal was disallowed, not for an offside, or foul or anything like that. It wasn’t given because it hit the inside pole at the back on the goal and bounced out again. The referee seemed to think the ball went behind the goal and hit the standing stanchion, well, this is my guess as to what he must have thought, either way the goal was not given and a goal kick was rewarded instead.

Sears played 19 games in total for Palace, not scoring a

single (given) goal. Freddie Sears was then recalled to West Ham on the 24th of December 2009 due to an injury crisis there.

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Colchester United

On 17 February 2012, Sears moved League One side Colchester United for a one- month loan deal. This was extended in March 2012 until the end of the 2011–12 season. On the 6th April 2012 Sears scores his first goal for over a year with a penalty in a 1–1 home draw against Hartlepool United.

In my opinion, Sears has been given too many opportunities in every league and has failed to show stability or an eye for goal in all his time. I think its time for up to let Sears go, he never reached his full potential, and although he has plenty of time to do so, we’d be better off selling him.

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