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Nutsin 5:25 Sun Dec 24
Last West Ham striker you rated
Even though we are still banging in goals this season thanks to Bowen and Kudus it’s no secret that we’ve needed a quality striker for some time.

We’ve swung and missed on several signings over recent years, how far back do we have to go before we can say he was a quality striker for us?

Was Sakho that guy? Bemba Ba’s career at West Ham was too short to be considered but he could play.


So how far back do we have to go before we say we had ourselves a proper striker?

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Mike Oxsaw 10:04 Mon Dec 25
Re: Last West Ham striker you rated
"Pop" Robson - which shows how long it's been since I followed the team in the style of a "real" fan.

fraser 9:41 Mon Dec 25
Re: Last West Ham striker you rated
Arnie
Payet

Oh not that sort of striker..

nychammer 5:36 Mon Dec 25
Re: Last West Ham striker you rated
most recent first:

Carroll - solid if not spectacular
Sakho - had that one great season then ???
Ashton - we'll never know, too bad
Hartson - probably the one that sticks in the mind for that 97-98 season tally

Manuel 5:13 Mon Dec 25
Re: Last West Ham striker you rated
joe royal 9:34 Sun Dec 24

''My then GF who’s family are all staunch Udinese supporters could not believe we had signed Gianluca Scamacca. Think he’s going to be the one that got away.''


He makes Kieran Dyer look healthy. It doesn't matter how good you are if you never play.

Manuel 3:55 Mon Dec 25
Re: Last West Ham striker you rated
I rated Carroll, was an absolute workhorse too, just a shame with all the injuries, etc.

Willtell 11:44 Sun Dec 24
Re: Last West Ham striker you rated
Harrison & Kitson we’re brilliant early on. So was Sakho & Valencia but none were ever as good as Dean Ashton. His injury was a real tragedy…

I liked Arnautovic but he never quite lost the Stoke taint for me and never seemed to belong to us. I hope Tim Steidten knows his strikers because I’m damn sure Moyes is clueless in that area…

dealcanvey 11:06 Sun Dec 24
Re: Last West Ham striker you rated
Bowen/Kudus

The new cottee/mcavennie

joe royal 9:34 Sun Dec 24
Re: Last West Ham striker you rated
My then GF who’s family are all staunch Udinese supporters could not believe we had signed Gianluca Scamacca.

Think he’s going to be the one that got away.

solidbond 8:54 Sun Dec 24
Re: Last West Ham striker you rated
Arnautovic & Sakho

northbankboy68 8:46 Sun Dec 24
Re: Last West Ham striker you rated
Arnautovic

zico 8:22 Sun Dec 24
Re: Last West Ham striker you rated
https://www.planetfootball.com/quick-reads/ranking-42-forwards-signed-west-hams-gold-sullivan-era

Quite frightening when you read the above "55 forwards signed in West Ham’s Gold & Sullivan era"

I thought Sakho and Valencia had a bit of a good run in a diamond under BFS but it didn't last long. Ashton as others have said was a tragic end to an extremely promising career. Zamora was ok as was Morley back in the 90's but yep the last really consistent one season after season was probably Cottee.

Gary Strodders shank 8:18 Sun Dec 24
Re: Last West Ham striker you rated
I remember Hartson scoring a header where he the centre half keeper and the ball all ended up in the back of the net.
A proper unit and good finisher but like Caroll lacked the necessary self discipline and professionalism to be elite.

Astounding with John how his testicular cancer went undiagnosed for so long, although by his own admission he ignored the lumps for so long he also underwent various thorough club medicals during that time.


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MaryMillingtonsGhost 8:14 Sun Dec 24
Re: Last West Ham striker you rated
Thought Hartson and Kitson were a decent partnership.

Admiral Lard 7:47 Sun Dec 24
Re: Last West Ham striker you rated
Sakho was good albeit short lived,

Javier Hernandez was more effective with 16 goals in 31 games but never got regular chances

Andy Carroll had a fair goals to game ration but sadly spent more time injured than playing.

Dean Ashton similar to Hernandez in goals to games and another with a career ending injury.

Tony Cottee seems to be the last true striker and he finished nearly 30 years ago. 146 goals in 323 appearances.

Far Cough 7:41 Sun Dec 24
Re: Last West Ham striker you rated
Hahahahaha

Takashi Miike 7:38 Sun Dec 24
Re: Last West Ham striker you rated
no fucking shock you piping up. it was twenty four goals for all competitions. no idea or care who scored the most but he did score twenty four goals that season, go and take up a hobby rather than scrutinizing every fucking post

Westside 7:14 Sun Dec 24
Re: Last West Ham striker you rated
"MAY - Misses last four games of West Ham's season through suspension. Still ends with career-best 24 goals - the second-highest in the Premiership."

According to this:-
https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/premier-league/torschuetzenliste/wettbewerb/GB1/saison_id/1997

The highest goal scorer in the 1997/98 Premier League only got 18. Hartson was 7th, with 15 league goals,

We've never had a player score 20 Premier League goals, in a season. PDC the highest with 16, then Hartson, with 15.

Gary Strodders shank 7:11 Sun Dec 24
Re: Last West Ham striker you rated
The injury to Ashton was tragic as he had all the attributes to be one of the Very best best both at club and international level.
He reminded me of Sheringham in a way and seemed to possess that same footballing nous that very few have.

We have had a fair few mavericks in Di Canio Wanchope Arnie and I also rated Kanoute

Partnership's that obviously stick In the mind are Cottee and Frankie Mac and to a lesser degree Hartson and Kitson.

Sheringham Wright Allen and Ferdinand all great strikers but well past there best by the time they joined us.

Takashi Miike 6:56 Sun Dec 24
Re: Last West Ham striker you rated
just found this brief timeline, as I said before, loved him.......



1975: Born Swansea, April 5.

1992: Joins Luton Town as a trainee.

1995: Aged 19, moves to Arsenal for pounds 2.5million.

1996: FEBRUARY - Bust-up with Arsenal boss Bruce Rioch after Coca-Cola Cup semi-final defeat against Aston Villa.

NOVEMBER - Dressing room bust-up with Wales manager Bobby Gould after being substituted in 7-1 defeat by Holland.

1997: FEBRUARY - West Ham sign him for pounds 3.2million.

OCTOBER - Sent off against Derby after tangling with Igor Stimac and later accuses ref of being "a homer" and an absolute joke".

NOVEMBER - Fined pounds 1,000 by English FA for his outburst and warned about his future conduct.

1998: FEBRUARY - Sent-off for striking Bolton's Per Frandsen - three-match ban costs him a place in West Ham's FA Cup quarter-final.

APRIL - Sent-off for the second time in seven games at Villa.

MAY - Misses last four games of West Ham's season through suspsension. Still ends with career-best 24 goals - the second-highest in the Premiership.

JUNE - Signs new seven-year deal with West Ham, reportedly worth pounds 5million.

AUGUST - Admits to having problems with Wales boss Bobby Gould and tells him and other critics to "keep their noses out" after he was criticised for being overweight.

SEPTEMBER - Kicks and breaks pub hanging basket in Swansea and is later given a conditional discharge by magistrates.

OCTOBER - Charged with misconduct after kicking team-mate Eyal Berkovic in the head in a training ground bust-up.

1999: Joins Wimbledon for club-record pounds 7.5million.

FEBRUARY - Fined record pounds 20,000 and banned for three matches for attack on Berkovic.

APRIL - Sent off for foul language during Wimbledon's relegation battle with Bradford. Criticises boss Egil Olsen after the game. Olsen is sacked a few days later.

SEPTEMBER - Sent off in Premiership clash with Spurs for elbowing Spurs' Luke Young.

2000: MARCH - A pounds 7million transfer to Spurs breaks down when he fails a medical.

APRIL 30 - Sent off during relegation battle at Bradford for foul and abusive language. Accused of kneeing Stuart McCall before game. Later fined pounds 5000 for misconduct.

Takashi Miike 6:51 Sun Dec 24
Re: Last West Ham striker you rated
if it can only be players you watched on a regular basis, it would have to be hartson. on his day and with his head right he was unplayable, but stimac exposed a weakness with him and his short fuse. loved watching him though

Far Cough 6:42 Sun Dec 24
Re: Last West Ham striker you rated
Diafra Sakho and before that Craig Bellamy

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