Friday, 27 November 2009
Another West Ham Own Goal.......Or 24!
Well knock me darn wiv a fevva, the cold weather's arrived and Matty Upson has tweaked his ham string. It happens; but it puts into sharp perspective, the ridiculous decision to sell James Collins. I can't recall a more senseless unforced sale of a player than this in over 40 years supporting West Ham.
No, he wasn't the best player in the team but behind Cole and Green he was the third most important. Our best defensive pairing was Upson and Collins, but our second best pairing was Tomkins and Collins. Bobby Moore needed Jack Charlton next to him and Tony Gale had Alvin Martin. All of our centre backs are in the "footballing" mould, but you need a bit of brawn in there as well. Collins was dominant in the air and a better footballer than he was given credit for. We particularly didn't exploit his goalscoring capacity, from set pieces. We haven't had someone who can deliver a good cross for some time now, how ironic that we use the money from the sale of Collins to buy Diamanti, someone who could have delivered just that ball from a set piece.
There has also been the collateral damage done to James Tomkins, who was developing very nicely in a secure environment until Collins went. His confidence looks shot to bits at the moment and da Costa doesn't look ready to me.
We have conceded 24 goals in 11 games since Collins left and only twice did we concede only one. That is an atrocious statistic. To risk selling him at a time when we had no full backs except Ilunga who obviously immediately got injured, was an unbelievable decision.
But apparently we have no reason to worry, Nani has reportedly said he's happy with our strike force, it's one of the best in the league. Well if we're going to continue shipping 2 or 3 goals a game it's going to have to be!
Posted by Hammersfan at 19:45