Were West Ham Right To Loan Him Out?


West Ham goalkeeperWest Ham goalkeeper Stephen Henderson has once again been loaned out to Ipswich Town and this decision has left the Hammers faithful with mixed emotions.


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Current goalkeeper, Jussi Jaaskelainen is very dodgy, although he has performed well, his age is a concerning factor, even more so that we only have one other goalkeeper in Raphael Speigel.


I feel that it is a good thing that Henderson is being loaned out whilst he isn’t our first choice goalkeeper or he wouldn’t get any better, thus with regular first team football, he can grow and match his potential.


It is hopeful that he is a good enough goalkeeper to be our first choice in the Premier League next season, but to be honest it is highly unlikely.


Jaaskelainen isn’t really appreciated by the West Ham fans at the moment, and the cause behind it is the team’s recent bad form that has seen us leak goals.


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The January transfer window saw Jack Butland go to Stoke City from Birmingham City, and I couldn’t help but feel a bit gutted that he didn’t join us. He is a keeper with bags of potential, and I was hoping that he would sign for us. However, we have what we have, and I hope that Henderson can be called upon.


People rant on about us needing a striker, but with the news that Andy Carroll could become a permanent signing in the summer, our main focus should definitely be on goalkeepers.



Hopefully Henderson will be good enough, but only time will tell, and we will have to put up with Jussi Jaaskelainen for now. And with Henderson’s young age, maybe were not too shallow in depth as he could certainly be one for the future, and hopefully goes on to be a success for the club that we all love.


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What is your opinion on our goalkeeper crisis? And do yuo feel that Henderson can soon be called upon?


Ben Edkins (@benedkins12)

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  • Dave Lea says:

    He may be at the end of his career but he has had a good season. Other than Swansea I’m struggling to think of any blunders this year. He has also made more saves than any other keeper this season so your facts are way off. Most of our fans wanted Green to stay; would we have really been better off with a keeper that lasted 2 games at his new club before being dropped for being crap??

  • Frank Weston says:

    I am an Ipswich supporter and to be honest I would not get too excited about Henderson’s prospects although he is relatively young for a keeper which gives him hope.

    The trouble with Hendo is his goal kicking which is atrocious and he is very indecisive at crosses which makes everyone twitch. Interestingly two of Town’s worst defeats this season has been with Henderson behind the sticks when we lost 5-0 and 6-0 respectively.

    In truth, I was surprised to see Mick McCarthy go back for him to be honest because in Scott Loach and Arran Lee-Barrett we have a couple of more than adequate keepers already here. The fact that Henderson only bench warmed in the 4-0 win against Middlesborough at the weekend further convinces me that he is probably not that badly needed anyway.

  • Spence55 says:

    Check out the latest OPTA stats my friend…Jussi is top with 94 saves. It is common sense that the goalkeeper who is under most pressure (poor defence may be) and has most to do will probably drop more clangers. That said, I am more than happy with him and dont feel he has let us doawn at all. I am more worried about some of the defending, and about some of the quality, or lack of it, of the outfield players.

  • Rob says:

    What are you one about?!
    Jussi has had a great season for us.
    “Jaaskelainen isn’t really appreciated by the West Ham fans at the moment,” How do you figure that?
    I thought he was to old, and past it at the start of the season, but he has proved me wrong, and I’m a believer now.

  • Danny says:

    Jussi is a terrible keeper.
    I think the game against Fulham proved that he makes a save then pushes the ball back into the danger area.
    Spends most of his time on his knees watching the ball go past him.
    Greeno was a much better keeper

  • max says:

    Get your facts straight instead of writing a lazy articl which jumps on the Jussi hate brigade bandwagon

  • Ben Edkins says:

    actually, I like Jussi and i am probably one of the first to back him in many situations, however is age is a concern, and with that said, i was asked to write an opinion piece as i did! and in terms of appreciation, he doesnt half get a lot of abuse from fans all over twitter. so i for one defend all of my points in this article

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