Friday, 21 August 2009
Time To Stuff The Insults Down The Throats. West Ham v Tottenham Preview.
Never mind the desire of Defoe to shove the abuse down the throats of his West Ham detractors, there will be another forward out on the pitch on Sunday with a point to prove to West Ham detractors - Carlton Cole.
I am sick to death of the criticism still being directed at Cole from so called Hammers fans. OK the guy will probably never score 20 plus goals a season in the Premiership but not many strikers do these days. McAvennie, Cottie, Pop Robson, Jimmy Greaves - yes they were great in their day but, Greaves apart, does anybody really believe they would be as prolific in the modern game? Not a chance! Certain fans eulogize Cottee but forget that he was playing against defenders who these days would be playing in the Championship. How many goals did Tony score for England? As many as Freddie Sears scored for us last season and Cole has netted so far for club and country this year - zero! And McAvennie? One great season if truth be told. Pop Robson? Did any of the big boys ever look at him? Did he ever play for England? Why do you think that was?
Cole is an excellent target man and works like a proverbial Trojan for the team. Who was it that squared the ball for Noble to score against Wolves? That would be Cole. Who was running both the channels as well as leading the line down the centre against Wolves? That would be Cole. Who sprung the off side trap only for Noble's pass to be slightly miss-hit, forcing the taker wide? That would be Cole. Who impressed after coming on for England against Holland? That would be Cole again. And yet Grumpy on the org is still moaning about the guy. Is it because he is black? Even if he does score it will only be down to the Law of Averages according to the malicious one.
Obviously I hope Cole scores and shoves the criticism down the throats of his detractors. But even if he doesn't score, I can guarantee one thing - he will give 100% for every minute that he is on the pitch and others will get opportunities because of his efforts. His ability to hold the ball up will also relieve pressure on our back four because he is our only out ball given the way Zola and Clarke set up.
Come on Carlton - the true fans are behind you!
Posted by Hammersfan at 13:59