Amazingly, West Ham fans on the boards are still focusing their ire on Carlton Cole. Yes we need a goal poacher, everybody agrees on that, but why Cole is being criticised after the Cardiff defeat, rather than Piquionne, is beyond me. For me, a key reason why we lost on Sunday is because the lazy Frenchman was preferred to Carlton.
Given the signing of Carew, one of Piquionne or Cole is surely on his way out and, for me, there is no contest on who it should be. The big complaint about Cole is that he does not score enough goals - but he scores more than Piquionne who netted 9 from 31 starts last season compared to Cole's 11 from 27. Cole is also younger and is much more intimidating physically. I bet the Cardiff centre backs smiled when they saw our starting 11!
Carew is unlikely to be ready for a couple of weeks given he has missed pre season and I hope Allardyce now opts for Cole paired with Sears up front in a 4-4-2. Freddie is not a winger and was woeful on Sunday. It is now time to back him as a striker or to ship him out. If Sears isn't the answer, then Hall should be given his chance.