The Exodus continues! At this rate, West Ham will need Moses to lead our people to the Promised Land which seems to be anywhere and everywhere other than West Ham. Doctor Evil is talking of eight players needed to fill the holes left by all the departing players but you have to wonder if even that will be enough!
If the runes are right, by the time the season kicks off we will have shed Kovac, Keane, Bridge, da Costa, Obinna, Dyer, Cole, Parker, Gabbidon, Spector, Green, Barerra, Ba, Hitzlsperger, Faubert, Ilunga, Jacobsen and Upson from last season's squad. So far we have brought in just 2 players, which means that 10 players will be replacing 18 if Sam has got his numbers right. God help us if we suffer any injuries!
Who is lined up to come in? Well da Rosa and O'Brien are on trial and neither fills one with a sense of anticipation! Apart from those, we have been linked with Konchesky and, ludicrously in my opinion, Joe Cole and otherwise, God only knows. There were whispers about Gradel joining from Leeds but nothing has happened there and Mucky-Smith preferred cosy Brighton to bleak midwinter West Ham.
Somehow we are favourites for promotion but on the basis of what exactly? If everybody predicted to leave goes, we have the following team at the moment:
Spence, Tomkins, Faye, Nobody
Collison, Noble, Nolan, Stanislas,
I dont know about you but I don't fancy that team to run away with the division. The ONLY cover with first team experience would be Boffin (one game), Boa, Edgar (League Cup as sub), Hines (if he signs a new contract), Nouble, O'Neil (who won't play before Christmas, if ever!) and Reid. That is truly terrifying!
It's all very well saying we will bring in eight players but who are they, how much will they cost and when exactly will they arrive - the season is less than a month away!