Yes he was prone to the odd error here and there but he was just as likely to pull off a display which defied logic; the win over Arsenal at the Emirates is perhaps the best example of this; that plain and simply is a game we should’ve lost 10-1 but thanks to a typically heroic performance from Greeno we somehow snuck it 1-0.
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Right-Back – Glen Johnson:
Johnson was only in the West Ham first team for 6 months; recalled from his loan spell at Millwall to help in our battle to stay in the Premier League in 2002/03 season. He was magnificent to say the least not only bombing up and down the right-hand side he displayed the maturity and solidity of an experienced veteran. In the Premier League era no Right-back has impressed me more than Glen Johnson’s six month stint.
Centre-back – Rio Ferdinand:
Simply the finest defender of his generation; an uncanny ability to read the game and as quick and strong as you like, he could also play a bit and all. In short the club should built the team around Rio instead of flogging him to highest bidder.
Centre -back – Ian Pearce:
I’ve got to be honest; I’m struggling to come up with a partner for Rio! So simply for that screamer in the last minute at the Lane it’s simply got to be Ian Pearce!
Left Back – Julian Dicks: The terminator! As hard and committed a defender as you’ll ever see. Never shirked a challenge and that left peg of his when it came to penalties was the stuff of legend. In his Hammers career Julian notched an impressive 50 goals in 262 appearance making him an easy pick.
Right-Wing – Eyal Berkovic
This little Israeli was a gem of a player; his vision, ability to retain possession and his goal threat make him an instant choice; a constant threat to the opposition and one of Harry Redknapp’s best ever signings.
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Central Midfield – Joe Cole
A magical player during his time with us, a local lad and an academy boy; he dribbled, drifted and slalomed his way past opponents time and time again providing that creative spark often missed in the West Ham midfield since his departure.
Central Midfield – Scott Parker
For many years was the West Ham talisman with his industrious performances, crunching tackles combined with the odd goal. Though he may not have ever skippered the club officially he was definitively the leader on the pitch. Typified by the speech he gave at half-time 3-0 down to West Brom; a game we came back to draw 3-3.
Left Midfield- Trevor Sinclair
A very under-rated player I feel by the press/media. Trevor had two good feet; was quick, skilful, a clinical finisher and always chipped in with goals and often they were spectacular. 37 goals in 177appearances make tricky Trev an easy pick for me.
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Striker – Carlos Tevez
This man may have only been at West Ham for a season, he may have only scored 7 goals but without a doubt is one of the greatest players to ever grace the hallowed turf of the Boleyn. His tireless running, endless determination, quality and skill make him an icon at West Ham and that winner at Old Trafford to keep us up is the stuff of legend. There’s only one Carlos Tevez.
Striker – Paolo Di Canio
The maestro himself, the legend himself; in my humble opinion the most naturally gifted player to play for the club in the Premier League era. Effortless, skill, grace and class; not to mention spectacular goals; he also struck up the kind of rapport and relationship with the fans I’ve yet to see replicated.