Should West Ham look to bring back this former Hammer?


Rio FerdinandSome people might think I am mad for suggesting this but as the old saying goes “you don’t ask you don’t get.” Rio Ferdinand remains one of the best players to come from West Ham’s academy. He has played for Manchester United now for almost 12 years now and won the Premier League six times, two League cups, five Community Shields, one Champions League and one FIFA World Club Cup. In short he has had a great career and now at the age of 35 his career is winding down.

Rio signed a one-year contract last year with United and it remains to be seen if he will be offered another deal. This stands as a perfect opportunity for West Ham to talk to Rio and maybe pick him up.

With the Olympic Stadium deal starting in 2016/17, now has never been a better time to be a West Ham supporter or player. The new financial firepower that will be unleashed when we move to the stadium will be incredible. But two seasons is a very long time in football, and as the saying goes “strikers win you games defenders win you titles.’

As well as a wealth of experience that he could pass onto Winston Reid, James Tomkins and Leo Chambers. He would add some serious steel to the back four, as well as some solid leadership. Also for Rio he could Finish his career where it started, and help the club as we move to become a serious player in the Premier League.

Rio has made seven starts so far this year for the Red Devils, even though he has been in good form, David Moyes knows that as a player gets to 35 their days are numbered. He will be looking to add more defenders to his back line either in the January or in the summer.

Now is the best time for Big Sam to be on the phone to his agent, explaining about how he can play a very important part in the transition of West Ham. About he can become the leader of the defense and how he can become a role model for Ravel Morrison, Leo Chambers and all the other talent in the academy. If we have any hope of getting Rio back now is the time to do it.

He would help us enormously with his experience, leadership and skill. All we have to do is talk to him and hope he comes


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  • Conner says:

    Trouble is we have one of the best defences in prem certainly in terms of clean sheets And Tomkins Reid is the future. We need cover though. Collins is not enough. We should have four centre backs and yes rio could be the man I would put him above Collins but I don’t think he’s as good as Reid or Tomkins. Maybe once but not now. And would he want to leave a club like Man U now anyway when he could see out his career at a place where he’s part of the furniture

  • frankiehammer says:

    Rio would be very handy for defensive cover as well as for a future coaching roll.
    By the way Shane, it’s defence not defense. Use an English dictionary not an American one.

  • the swindon hammer says:

    no still a reasonable defender but his pace has gone and as the prem league has so much pace these days he is only going to get caught more and more better we sort out the goal scoring problems than anything else

  • says:

    Why wud he cum back? Playing for united has propelled him to being a celebrity above being a footballer. West ham will not be fashionable enough for the ‘a list’ celebrity. We don’t need him!

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