Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Pardew Criticises Reo-Coker's Consistency

Nigel Reo-Coker has come under fire from some West Ham fans for his recent form. In The Times West Ham special Pardew acknowledges that Reo-Coker has to become more consistent,

"We lack a little bit of smartness and knowledge, but we are gaining that. Nigel Reo-Coker has lulls. I tell him that to be a top player he has to produce every week. He tends to produce against the best teams, but against some of the lesser teams he is not as effective. If Roy Keane was playing against Colchester he would be the best player on the pitch. Nigel needs to get that mentality."

At only 20 years of age the West Ham captain is obviously at the beginning of his career and can only get better. Personally I'd like to see him improve his final ball and shooting.

Pardew also reveals in The Times his vision for West Ham, which stems from watching Andrei Kanchelskis and Ryan Giggs rampaging down the flanks for Manchester United in the early 1990s. “I want us to be exciting, to play with exuberance,” he says. “I want people to say, ‘Aren’t West Ham good — they are all about winning, (but) they are trying (to play attractive football) and having a go.’ We have produced that on sporadic occasions.

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