After what can only be described as a dire first part of the season for West Ham United, I fully expect, if he is still in the managerial hotseat, that Sam Allardyce will be a busy man in the January transfer window.
However, it won’t just be a case of signing the striker that we so desperately need, players will have to leave the club, something that Allardyce has recently hinted at in his ‘Fans Forum’ the other night.
I expect that two out of Modibo Maiga, Carlton Cole and Mladen Petric will be departing. I think Maiga will be the main one that the club want to dispose of, and with interest from the Ligue 1, selling the Malian hitman will free up some much valued wages in our budget. Cole and Petric are not commanding high wages, but Petric has been injured since he pretty much joined us, so I can see Allardyce retaining Cole as maybe a third (or even fourth choice) striker, depending on how successful we are in the window.
Other fringe players are likely to be moved on, either permanently, or on loan – Matt Taylor has hardly featured at all, Jack Collison is another who has been in and out of the side, and finally, a big call, is whether Joe Cole is contributing enough to earn his £40,000 a week? Joe Cole for me has not lived up to performance he gave in his second debut for the club against Manchester United last season.
Other players who need to be looking over their shoulders until the end of the season are Matt Jarvis and James Collins, and following his poor form this season for West Ham, would it be such a bad thing if we cashed in on an uninterested Mohamed Diame. I am just speculating, I would certainly prefer that Jarvis and Diame lived up to their reputations, but Diame does look like he has things on his mind, and I wonder if his head is being turned by the interest being shown by Liverpool.
With Andy Carroll, Winston Reid, Stewart Downing, Alou Diarra and Ricardo Vaz Te all injured, the squad is looking bare, so it’s going to be a difficult balancing act in letting players go with so many long-term injuries. I just hope that if Big Sam is allowed to keep his job, he picks the right players to galvanize a team that are looking to be in difficulty right now.
COME ON YOU IRONS!!