Thursday, February 01, 2007

West Ham Spoilt For Choice

With all the new arrivals at West Ham and not much movement the over way there is added pressure on the players to perform. Whether West Ham stay up or not there is likely to be a cull of players at the end of the season.

The arrival of Kepa Blanco should put a firework up Harewood, Cole and Zamora. If he performs on the pitch West Ham will presumably take up their option to sign him permanently and even if, as most expect Tevez leaves at the end of the season, I'm sure Curbishley will be looking to offload at least one out of those three. So the pressure is on them now to perform.

In defence the arrivals of Neill, Davenport and Upson also suggests some of the present incumbents won't last the summer break. Based on Curb's recent choices and past history Konchesky looks a certainty to leave. Mears, who has been loaned out for the rest of the season, has youth on his side and may well be retained.

What does the future hold then for Ferdinand? With Upson's arrival I think we can expect to see Anton returning to right back, a position he doesn't want. Again Ferdinand has youth on his side and hopefully the club will want to keep hold of him. The future however doesn't look so promising for Paintsill, Spector, Dailly and Collins. And will Gabbidon be content to stay, presumably as a permanent substitute?

Things aren't so competitive in midfield, especially with the likely departure of Mascherano. However Etherington seems to be out of favour.

So given that Boa-Morte and Quashie are Curb's players who do you think he is likely to sell come the summer?

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