Tuesday, 26 May 2009
Lastpickeva on his way; and so is Kovac!
No tears from me at the news that Jan Lastuvka will return to Shakhtar Donetsk after a year-long loan spell at West Ham. The guy never played in the Premiership, fortunately, but did play a major role in our exit from the League Cup at Watford. Quite why Green needed to be rested from that game, I do not understand, but the decision was costly. Lastpickeva came for a corner, flapped, touched it onto Mullins and the ball rebounded into an empty net. Hopeless! My old mate Old Skool Pete will tell you about the "world class save" Lastuvka made in the first half but, in truth, it was fairly regulation - good height and protecting the near post. I certainly would not quibble at the judgement that £2.6m is too much much the guy, especially as Stech is apparently impressing.
The rumour that we will not meet the valuation for Kovac is more worrying, however. I am not totally convinced about Kovac but he has certainly earned his corn in the recent injury ravaged months. We definitely need an understudy for Parker, given his injury blighted track record, and Kovac has not disgraced himself. Let's see who Nani has up his sleeve.
Unless, of course, the bankers are dictating transfer policy. Hopefully it is down to translation problems but I don't like the sound of Lastuvka's claim that, "Zola said that he would have liked to have me in his squad next season, but the club cannot afford to pay so much for me." Hmmmmmm.
Posted by Hammersfan at 15:50