Ricardo Vaz Te was immortalised in West Ham history when he scored the winner against Blackpool to secure West Ham’s place in the Premier League. His move to West Ham seemed inevitable come January 2012, as the former Bolton Wanderers man was banging in the goals for Barnsley. He had already reached double figures and was proving a handful for defenders. The 6ft 2 striker played mainly on the wing when he joined West Ham but despite this, he scored 10 goals in 15 appearances in the League.
Vaz Te made 24 league appearances during his comeback year in the Premier League. He struggled to regain the goal scoring form he had during his season in the Championship, (mainly because his central opportunities were limited) but his form seemed to dip from what we saw prior to his dramatic winner against Blackpool. It is always difficult for a player to live up to the hype after such a career defining moment, perhaps his lack of form has been due to this.
A player who can score a bicycle-kick and miss from a yard, Vaz Te has hairstyles and handbags a plenty, but I would be sad to see him go. With rumours circulating that we are still in for a striker, it surprises me to hear that Vaz Te could be on the way out. Surely we want more competition for places and by getting rid of Vaz Te, not only do you limit your attacking options, but you lose a talented player.
Some may argue that Vaz Te isn’t good enough for the Premier League. I would not agree, however I don’t think he is currently good enough for where we are aiming to be in the next couple of years; a good squad player, but nothing more at this stage. I hope he can prove me wrong and light up the Premier League this season.
I don’t think we should sell now, but what do you think? @TollyCoburn