“If I Owned West Ham”
Author: ExWHUEmployee. Published: 30 May 2016 at 3:15pm
Published by ExWHUEmployee but written by an anonymous writer.
This is my first Column for the West Ham Way and let me tell you I’m so happy to be working for such a great site. I will give my views on what I think my beloved West Ham should be doing.
Possibly the biggest story over the last few weeks is about Oxford and if he is staying or leaving. Personally, I think £15m would be a good deal. He’s a 17 year old who in two years time can walk for nothing. If Reece wants to sign a new contract that would be great however, if he doesn’t he may as well leave. I know a lot of people will disagree with me but, here are my reasons why: £15m will pay for the academy for three years, and produce more fantastic players something Terry Westley has started to do. We also have already 6 CB that are very good and I feel Burke has been over shadowed by Oxford and could be as good. To win six awards as a loan player including ‘Player of the Season’ for a team that nearly got promoted to the Championship is very impressive. I pray that he does not get loaned out again and gets a good run and feel of what it’s like to play for West Ham again next year. Someone like Burke will get a lot more time because of our extra games in Europe next season. My last and probably most important point is that Oxford has the same agent as Berahino and Sterling. Both of these situations turned very ugly and almost embarrassing, which was very unsettling for the clubs. I’m almost sure it would be the same with Oxford, not only ruining a year of his life but also a year of West Ham’s (unsettling the team). However if Reece wants a bit more money then of course give it to the kid as we all know he could be gold dust, however if he doesn’t, I think we have to move on and not have a sticky situation and end up with nothing.
Another rumour is about what strikers we ‘should’ and ‘could’ get in. Lacazzete did look like a front runner and for the board to put £31million in for him was very impressive. However, I think Lyon want about €50million and for me this is a deal we need to walk away from, as there is a gamble involved as he is small and some say a little lazy off the ball.
Vardy is another one that has been floating about and someone I think every football fan admirers but is he a one season wonder!?! At 29 there is a big ‘?’ about him, as long term you are writing off you money. If he’s not a one season wonder he gives you pace, power and this season he has been very good in front of goal. Will he come or is he just trying to make Leicester give him a new contract?! If we did get Vardy it does show we are not messing about getting someone who got 24 goals this year.
Two other names in the frame have been Benteke and Batshuayi. Batshuayi has a goal every 172 minutes and got a lot of his goals before Christmas. Benteke, even with a disappointing year, scored every 169 minutes. If you asked me a few months ago I would of said “Let’s get Michy” however the 22 year old worried me as when lots of people started showing interest, he stopped performing. I do believe with Benteke there is a deal to be done and one that maybe could benefit us, Benteke could do very well for us if he got his confidence back.
Three other strikers that I would personally look at are: Giroud, Ben Yedder and Janssen. Three players that have been over looked! Giroud, although he has taken a lot of stick at Arsenal has always got about 17 BPL goals and got 15 this year with a goal every 151 mins. There is talk that Arsenal want him out and I’m sure he wouldn’t mind coming to West Ham. I think he could flourish under Bilic and could score at least 17 goals for us next year.
Janssen is probably one most of you haven’t heard of, however his is possibly a future star! He plays in Holland and is 21 he has scored 27 goals in 34 games this year and didn’t score in his first 7! He’s tall and boisterous. In more recent years players like Bony, Pelle and Tadic have all done well from Holland. If we could get a good deal it is definitely worth the gamble in my eyes.
Ben Yedder is someone if I’m honest I know little about. He always seems to get over 15 goals a season in France and he only has 1 year left on his contract so there could be a deal to be done. He got 17 goals this year in France and is someone I feel could come and play in England with little trouble.