Sunday, July 31, 2011

West Ham Sign O'Brien and Samuel

West Ham have confirmed the signing of Republic of Ireland international Joey O'Brien.

The 25-year-old joins on a free transfer following his release by Bolton Wanderers earlier this summer.

According to The People and The Mirror West Ham have also signed left-back JLloyd Samuel. Samuel spent last week on a trial at West Ham and the newspapers say he has earned himself a contract. Samuel was also released by Bolton this earlier this summer.

During yesterday's friendly win over Real Zaragoza it was reported that Sam Allardyce had left early on a scouting mission. The People are saying that he flew to Nice to look at the Gabon international Eric Mouloungui. The 27-year-old was due to be in action for Nice against Udinese in a friendly.


At 2:08 PM, Anonymous Paul said...

Joey O'Brien looked good in the Zaragoza game yesterday. Playing in the right-back position he put in plenty of tackles and moved forward linking up well with Faubert and then Barrera down the wing. It remains to be seen whether he will be first choice right-back or if it will be Jordan Spence.

JLloyd Samuel slipped in under the radar. He's another player (like O'Brien) who has shown good form at other clubs early in his career but now needs rejuvenating. Yesterday, as left-back, he looked solid rather than eye-catching. JLloyd Samuel, Jordan Brown, Herita Ilunga and possibly Matt Taylor seem to be the candidates for the left-back position.

Allardyce has got a reputation for finding good value, lesser known players that other managers miss. Lets hope that Samuel and O'Brien are the two latest examples.

At 2:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is It just me or is there a pattern forming here?
Is the rumour true we will be playing in white next season? lol
Bob the Hammer

At 8:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it gets us prompted ,that is all that matters. Samuel put in a decent peformance against Zaragoza ,and based on what I say yesterday ,looks like he will be useful in the Championship. OBrien also played well,given that he has effectively been out of the game wih injuries for a long time. I would expect him to do well in the Championship as well. As to whether these two would be good enough to perform in the top flight if we get promoted,that remains to be seen. But it does not really matter at this point. All that matters at this stage is to put together a team that is good enough to win promotion. One step at a time.

One thing is certain- the workrate,determination and results will be far better this season than last .whether we get promoted or not.

At 12:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

cant wait for jordan brown to be a starter. . .hes me mate's lil brother ! i like to see me mates do well !


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