Wednesday, January 31, 2007

One Big Signing?

So we enter the last day of the transfer window without any miraculous signings. It was always going to be hard attracting big players whilst in the relegation zone but so far the new boys have failed to impress. Boa-Morte and Quashie have had the most games now and have hardly set the Boleyn on fire and we had a brief glimpse of Neill before the curse of West Ham struck. On the positive side, despite his mistake yesterday Davenport has looked as good as we've got at the back and Blanco has had one chance and took it well.

If we compare West Ham to the Portsmouth side of this time last year however there may be cause for some hope. Portsmouth with a new manager, Redknapp, bought nine players in January. However that didn't seem to change the club's fortune. Players such as Sean Davis, Dean Kiely and Mendes brought experience with them but like West Ham's new players weren't the stars that some fans thought the new owner's money would buy. In fact Portsmouth had to wait until March 11th and a late goal to defeat City before things began to go their way. After that they managed five wins and two draws in eight matches to ensure their survival in the Premiership.

The lesson here is that it takes players time to learn each other's game and to fit into the ethos of a new club. The problem is West Ham's best chance to pick up points come in the next six games. If we can get a couple of good performances in then we can still go on a run.

It looks like Watford are certain for the drop, and one team out of West Ham, Charlton and Wigan to survive. You've got to pick West Ham out of those three to survive. But only if we start picking up points now.

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