Friday, 15 May 2009
Cole The Goals To Bite The Toffees
At long, long last, Carton Goals is set to return to the team, bringing with him the blistering scoring ratio of one goal for every three starts in a West Ham shirt. This is exactly what Gianfranco needs given how goal shy we have been since...well pretty much since he has been manager actually. And given Cole's scoring ratio we should be expecting a goal from him before...well before the end of the first game of next season!
And there is the rub. Those who criticised Cole even when he was banging them into the net in consecutive games have been made to look fools, but those who see him as the solution to our anorexia in front of goal are being equally daft. Carlton is a superb Premiership target man in my opinion, always showing for the out ball and linking the play brilliantly, but he is not a goal machine and is never likely to be prolific. To crack the nut of not scoring enough, we need a goalscorer to play alongside him, and midfield players willing and able to chip in with six or seven themselves. This season we have scored 39 goals in 36 Premiership games and that is woeful. But it gets worse! Eight of those goals were scored in the first four games before Zola took over the running of the team. That means that under Zola, we have netted just 31 goals in 32 games - less than a goal a game.
The priority for next season is therefore clear. If we are to progress, we have to score more goals. Some will argue that Beano and Dyer will solve the problem but we surely have to work on the basis that these two will probably spend most of the season lying flat on their backs. Di Michele is clearly not going to give us the goals we need so we MUST buy a striker to play off of Cole or Ashton. I love the idea of taking Vela on loan but I fear that is pie in the sky - Arsenal surely will not give us a gift like that! So the cheque book must come out!
Posted by Hammersfan at 07:35