Thursday, April 24, 2008

Hammer of the Year

West Ham fans attending this Saturday's game will be able to vote for the Hammer of the Year award.

The winner and runner-up will be announced before the final home game of the season against Aston Villa on Sunday 11 May.

Hammer of the Year for the past five seasons:



For me it has to be between Green, McCartney and Upson.

Noble and Mullins have both had solid seasons and could be contenders. Cole has done well to respond to the booing earlier in the season and has won most of the fans around.

Sears and Tomkins are both players who will be in contention in future seasons but who emarged too late this year.


At 3:15 PM, Anonymous portugal said...

I d agree on McCartney and Upson both being contenders ,the former for his consistency,the latter for his improvemnt over teh season, as even Capello noted. And along those lines ,of course Rob Green -he mite even edge it for me over the other 2 ,simply because of the points he single-handedly earned us ,with penalty stops among other things.

If I had to give an award for most improved player of the season, it wud go to either Cole or Upson,both of whom have come on light years over the last 9 months

At 3:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will there be a none of sufficient quality or application section?

At 4:09 PM, Blogger Keir Clarke said...

Wasn't that section implied by the majority of players being left out or not mentioned :)

At 5:29 PM, Anonymous portugal said...

Altho I wud not quite view him as player of the year,because he began so indifferently, one who cud also fall into the category of most improved since the start of the season is Ljungberg. Enormous difference between now and say 6 months ago- if he and a few others can stay fit, and if he can carry on performing as he has recently ,we shud be looking at a better season

At 10:12 PM, Anonymous Lew said...

I'd go with Upson. Bar the 4-0 defeats, our back four hasn't looked this solid for years and it's down to him I think. Great in the air, reads the game well, organises the defence, gets the tackles in at the right time and he doesn't make mistakes. But even he hasn't been perfect, it's hard to pick one out.

McCartney faded away a bit towards the end, he'd take runner up. Robert Green still makes too many mistakes, and call me a pessimist (I prefer to think of myself as a realist) but he wouldn't be my England Number One for all his strengths. Not yet anyway.

Honourable mentions for Mullins and Cole. I still think Noble has a long way to go, Ferdinand as improved a little but he's not there yet, Neill has done OK and Boa Morte has been a bit of a let down at times.

I don't think anyone else has played enough games to warrant a mention. Sums it all up really!

At 8:37 AM, Anonymous portugal said...

I felt similarly, that the success we had for much of the seaason defensively, was down to Upson. McCartney has slowed down a bit towards the end, but given that the guy has hardly missed a game ,i guess is to be expected.

Green has had an excellent season,but i d agree that there are aspects of his game that cud be improved . There are times when i feel that he cud come out earlier for crosses,for example.

It s amazing the variety of responses ,and at times,extremes of responses ,created by Mullins. I also rate the guy , and think he s had a good season-people sitting either side of me at the ground disagree ,but i think mullins "does what it says on the tin". Having said that ,I d still generally prefer to see Noble on the pitch over Mullins if a choice is to be made between the 2. I think Noble has had a decent season, but I admit , I wud have hoped for a bit more out of him than what he produced this term. I think he has huge potential ,but also admit he has a lot of work to do before he reaches that potential.

Ferdinand is perhaps the
biggest puzzle of all. Improvement,yet real inconsistency.
moments of excellence,but also some horrific mistakes. think a lot with him comes down to attitude- let s hope he has turned a corner regarding that

At 4:55 PM, Anonymous Chris // NYC Hammers said...

I think it should be Upson hands down, but I think Green has won over so many people with timely saves that most are willing to overlook that he's still not the best judge of when to come out of the net.

For two-thirds of the season I was confident with Upson as our last line of defense, and he always seems to get his head on the tricky crosses. While McCartney was good on the left, he lacked much going forward without Etherington and he looked like he lost a step around the Christmas holiday.

Since I can't say we've done anything else well for two-thirds of the season outside of getting injured, Upson has to be the hands down choice.

At 9:20 PM, Anonymous Karly said...

Chris, I concur.


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