I was very surprised over the summer that both Sam Baldock and Nicky Maynard were both allowed to leave the club. Both of these players are natural finishers and goal scorers which is something that we don’t have at the club. I know we brought in Andy Carroll from Liverpool but he isn’t a striker that will get you lots of goals or run behind the back four. Don’t get me wrong I agree with most people when they say that Baldock and Maynard didn’t have the best of times at West Ham but they will always get you goals.
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They are what you could call game changers. For example against Stoke City we could have changed the formation and brought on a second striker to play up top with Carroll. Players like them would have a field day playing with Andy Carroll. He wins the majority of balls in the air and they could feed of him and would have a lot of opportunities to be through on goal.
I feel we should have kept at least one of them and my choice would have been Baldock. When he joined the club and started to get games he started to score goals. Unfortunately for him he got injured and then after that, in my eyes, he never got a real chance to show what he can do. He had a lot of games in pre-season and scored a good few goals so that was why I was surprised we let him leave.
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I’ve been really impressed with Carroll since he has joined but I feel there is a lot of pressure on him to score goals and so far he has only got one. Unless Kevin Nolan is firing I am actually quite worried about where the goals are going to come from. Many of you may be feel this is a stupid thing to say because of the great start we have had but we just don’t have a goal scorer in our team.
So this brings me to the January transfer window. I have seen we have been linked with an out of favour Darren Bent at Aston Villa. I remember when he played against us he touched the ball about four times in the whole match which I know is ridiculous. This shows me that doesn’t bring much else to the game but if he has the service he will always score you goals. That’s why I think he could be good for us. With Carroll winning everything and dropping that bit deeper and Matthew Jarvis supplying the crosses we could have Bent right on the last man and being the poacher in the box that we crave.
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I wrote this report before last night’s game against Man United and it showed me what I have been thinking over the last few weeks. We had some really good chances last night to get a draw but we just couldn’t take them. With an out and out goal scorer in the squad we could definitely have got a point.
Lets just hope we can act in the January transfer window.
November 29, 2012 at 7:31 pm
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We’ve had a great start to the season & although Carroll has only scored one? He’s made all the difference! Coming from a season ticket holder
Haven’t heard of either of them ripping up trees in the Championship, although I was sorry to see Maynard go.
Can’t believe people are still banging on about this. Both Champioship level players thus they were sold to Championship clubs. Maiga could be the answer if we play 2 up front.
I reckon carol is not scoreing due to his role on MOTD a couple of weeks ago yhey showed clips of Carrol defending corners & shielding the back four with 20 mins to go against Citeh. if we played with 2 up top we could see a different player however SA knows that he has to be pragmatic this term. We will secure more than 40 points and get better next year. looks like we will get the nod for the OS. ‘ You listening levy’ and I dont mean on someone elses mobile.
If it is true that we are looking at both Ayew brothers and we can snag at least one of the two we would be fine. But show great potential and know how to get the ball in.
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