Friday, 19 February 2010
Should Upson Be Stripped Of Captaincy?
With Sullivan admitting that we will accept an offer for Upson in the summer and the player himself refusing to commit to the club, isn't it time we looked for another captain? How do the other players feel, seeing a deserter leading them into battle?
I called some time ago for Parker to be given the armband. I thought he was an illogical choice as Hammer of the Year last season, based on how few games he completed and his single goal from midfield, but he has certainly been a leader this year, albeit his goal return is still pathetic. Who can forget Parker taking two powerdriver freekicks full in the face in successive games? Who can forget his wonderful goal line clearances? Who can forget that superb drive into the box to set up Hines' winner against Villa? Who will forget the run that won the free kick against Birmingham, setting up Diamanti's wonderful goal?
Upson has played all season as if he has other things on his mind: the World Cup and a move away from West Ham. To be fair, in 1966, Bobby Moore was also focused on England and securing a move to Tottenham, and Greenwood left him as our captain. But Upson isn't Moore is he?
Who thinks Parker should wear the armband over the final lap of the season? Or would it be better to leave things as they are to avoid upsetting Upson?
Posted by Hammersfan at 11:13