Ask West Ham fans to nominate two players who should be sacked and most would nominate at least one of Freddie the Flytipper or John Carew, especially after the signing of Vaz Te and Maynard. But no, both remain at the club, drawing more pension in a week than ten nurses will draw in a year.
Ilunga has gone, of course, but the names of four others have not hit the headlines. Academy prospects Matt Fry, Jordan Brown, Ahmed Abdulla and Sergio Sanchez have all been told to go forth and multiply. It seems that the Academy is stalling. This generation has been a huge disappointment. Sears was the new Tony Cottee for a handful of games. Hines was the new Defoe for a match or two. Stanislas was going to be the black Devonshire. Jordan Brown was much lauded not so long ago. And so it goes on.
True Tomkins has made the grade but with the signing of Morrison, it looks as if we are trying to buy an Academy these days. Mind you, with Ravel and Vose on the books, they might rename the Academy the "Young Offenders Institution" soon!
It's disappointing but there's no point in keeping the chaff, as Freddie Parrot Face Sears shows. Hines and Stanislas are not pulling up any trees at Burnley and are any of us surprised? How long will it be before Nouble and Montano are sent packing too?