08/01/2010

Past Their Best Ham?

There are times that you realize that you have taken the right decision and in the same instance doing the oposite.

I decided to refrain from writing about any transfer rumours as the basis for them actually going through are so shaky. There is obviously work going on, making sure we have paved a way for some different scenarios we may be in when transfers need to be done. Agents have and will be contacted but both sides' interest will obviously depend on the situation. If we do get a new owner the transfers will hardly be the same as if we don’t, will they? So I’ll just pass on them for the time being.
But got lured astray.

West Ham has a proud history of not only being the Academy of Football but also the Geriatrics Ward of Football. During ‘Arry we saw Ruddock, Camara and Suker, just to name a few, at a point in their career that was less than flattering. Lately we have seen Tristan and Di Michele in much the same sorry shape. The mechanism is clear – we don’t have the money to get players in their prime, so we take a chance on possibly fixable damaged goods (Dyer, Dixon) or where the “best before” date has come and gone, hoping to shake some life back into them.
Sometimes this pays off big time as with Di Canio (Dixon?) but most of the time it just makes you sad.

On that very topic, the perennial Eidur rumour is here. It’s much like Easter, you know it will come but it’s a bit tricky to know when (and in both cases eggs spring to mind).
Now apparently our favourite Icelander, second only to Örn (not much competition for that spot nowadays), is not content with life at Stade Louis II as his opportunities have been limited. He competes for a starting spot along side Chu-Young Park with Serge Gapke, Frederic Nimani, Juan Pablo Pino and Yannick Sagbo. And none of them seem to have gained an upper hand in that fight.
Limited chances at Barca – OK, limited chances at Monaco FC…maybe OK, but do you see a pattern?

Please…

6 comments:

Del180 said...

Great post Joppe. Made me chuckle. Unfortunately you are correct on your analysis, Mutu, Eider, does Ian Wright fancy a run out?

The big question is how far away are we from getting a new owner? It has to be soon as time is running out in January. I can see Upson going on the last day.

Joppe - said...

Now you made me shiver Del!
Lets hope that the Malaysian minister of sports is right in his assumption that he will be able to talk to Tony F about placing some Malaysian talent in the West Ham academy...

Farbror the Guru said...

Nooo, Upson is a goner (born again gooner?) the minute WWW is seen jogging to the bookies office!

TBI said...

I know what you mean but personally I love the rumours in Jan. It brightens up a horrible season so far be the rumours rubbish or not...

Joppe - said...

I enjoy some of them too. But they are just not possible to "assess". Can't say I enjoyed the Marlon one that much though.

Joppe - said...

Farbror: Elaborate and give us an address to keep track on!