Monday, 1 June 2009
Bochetti, Balotelli,Gudjohnsen, Bates and Ledley; any 3 from 5!
The rumour mills are currently linking us with the following:
Salvatore Bocchetti, Genoa
Now I have to admit that I don’t know much about this guy but I can’t see he is a likely target. To begin, he is left footed and the right back berth seems a greater priority at the moment, and secondly his preferred position is centre back where we already have Tomkins, Upson, Collins and Gabbidon; unless Upson is on his way of course. At 5’10, he is not really built to play in the centre of defence in the Premiership is he? He sounds like a tasty snack but I don’t believe he will be on the Upton Park menu for next season.
Mario Balotelli, Inter Milan
This one may have more legs because the deal would appear to suit all three parties: Balotelli wants first team football, Inter want him to gain more experience and we need a striker on the cheap. How good is he? Well Inter apparently rate him but regard him as very raw. I can see him be used more as an impact sub than a first choice striker; and the trouble is, we already have Savio and Stanislas for that role. How many kids can we carry? It does feel as if we are looking at the two extremes of the age spectrum. Talking of which…
Eider Gudjohnsen, Barcelona
The reaction of West Ham fans appears to be very positive in relation to the blonde bombshell. I am far from convinced but I can see a certain logic in signing him if Zola is going to pack the team with kids. A spine of experience is necessary in the circumstances and I suppose a spine of Green, Upson, Parker, Gudjohnsen and Cole (or Ashton) might be better than most. Fit Tomkins, Savio, Ilunga, Behrami and Collison around that lot and we might be quite tasty, even without the Italian pasta dishes mentioned above.
Matthew Bates, Middlesboro
Right footed and able to play at right back or right midfield, the need for Bates has increased with the likely defection of Neill and the possible sale of Spector to Burnley. He fits the bill in another respect too, a career already blighted by injuries. Including Spector, I have seen a few Merchant Bankers in Claret and Blue over the years so it would be no surprise to have a Master Bates in the squad for next season! Would he be any good? He might just pull it off!
Joe Ledley, Cardiff
The Cardiff fans seem to rate this guy but that’s no great endorsement is it? Ledley is young and versatile, able to play centre mid, wide on the left or left back. He would therefore appear an ideal player to have in the squad IF he is good enough; remember, we have no cover for Ilunga at the moment.
Any views on whether you think any of these are worth signing?
Posted by Hammersfan at 21:12