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Scraper 3:10 Tue Jan 17
West Ham’s striking failure: 32 signed in seven years and still no solution

Our kid Jacob Steinberg has penned quite an article.
Fuck Eddie B:ing all of that:

https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/jan/17/west-ham-strikers-david-sullivan-gold-simone-zaza-scott-hogan


Discuss.

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nychammer 12:23 Fri Jan 20
Re: West Ham’s striking failure: 32 signed in seven years and still no solution
Between 2008 and 2014 (5 seasons) out top goal scorers are either Carlton cole or Kevin Nolan.

Dolittle 11:33 Thu Jan 19
Re: West Ham’s striking failure: 32 signed in seven years and still no solution
I'm still not fully over Ashton

Club get ambitious, break our transfer record, sign a great young English forward, gets England call up.....

Fuck

Fifth Column 9:05 Wed Jan 18
Re: West Ham’s striking failure: 32 signed in seven years and still no solution
The shitty slow train I'm on going through the Midlands just stopped at the town of Carlton. Who would have thought he had so many fans up here they named a town after him.

Northern Sold 12:07 Wed Jan 18
Re: West Ham’s striking failure: 32 signed in seven years and still no solution
Surprised on the list I shoved up how consistent Bubba Shrimp Marlon was... he done Ok for us didn't he??

Tomshardware 11:48 Wed Jan 18
Re: West Ham’s striking failure: 32 signed in seven years and still no solution
I remember that truly cringeworthy post on the official site about Calleri and how he was going to be a top centre forward.

diddly 10:20 Wed Jan 18
Re: West Ham’s striking failure: 32 signed in seven years and still no solution
One of the only bonuses of being quite old. 85-86 Macca and Cottee. Twas a priviledge

PwoperNaughtyButNot 9:27 Wed Jan 18
Re: West Ham’s striking failure: 32 signed in seven years and still no solution
This striker merry go round is a nonsense. Every club is in the same boat, desperate to sign a striker who scores bucket loads and invariably fails. It would be interesting if the study above was widened on all PL striker signings and you would no doubt see it is a flawed process.

So here is the idea - strikers are overpriced. Strikers invariably fail. Strikers rely on the team to create the chances. Clubs like West Ham do want to make money with transfers.

Why not invest heavily in defence and midfield and chuck your young strikers in from the youth team?

Young players get a chance to shine. If they score some goals then cash in and replace or keep and keep doing it.

Will throwing the kids in generate more than the goal total listed over the years the study is made?

At present it is like they just want to chuck money and keep their fingers crossed. Why not save your money and keep your fingers crossed?

chedylan 2 8:53 Wed Jan 18
Re: West Ham’s striking failure: 32 signed in seven years and still no solution
Should be one saying:

west hams RIGHT BACK failure: 2 signed in 7 years

percyd 6:53 Wed Jan 18
Re: West Ham’s striking failure: 32 signed in seven years and still no solution
Take out the players we still have and then do the maths - for all the frustration we might feel about some of the duds that have passed by at least we haven't been totally skinned financially.

Zaza the only ridiculous fee imo. Maybe Valencia if he is eventually sold cheap.

And as for Mr. Steinberg's "Payet cannot be blamed for deciding that he has had enough, even though there is little to admire about the midfielder downing tools." Little to admire indeed!!!! Fuck all to admire about rank unprofessionalism.

Alex V 6:07 Tue Jan 17
Re: West Ham’s striking failure: 32 signed in seven years and still no solution
As most of the general replies on the guardian recognise, it's really the tale of most premiership sides not just West Ham. Good strikers are very hard to find, and then to keep for any length of time, and many teams struggle to supply them with consistent chances to score. Also the meta in the last decade or so has been strongly leaning towards lone strikers who get even less support and are generally expected to just labour for the team feeding off scraps. There's no magic fix to this.

Northern Sold 6:07 Tue Jan 17
Re: West Ham’s striking failure: 32 signed in seven years and still no solution
Gone a bit Eggy... top goalscorers in league and cup for us since 63.... I reckon we dream of a 20 goal a season now....


63-64 Byrne 33 - Hurst 26
64-65 Byrne 30 - Hurst 20
65-66 Hurst 40 - Byrne 17 - Peters 17
66-67 Hurst 41 - Peters 16
67-68 Hurst 25 - Peters 18 - Dear 16
68-69 Hurst 31 - Peters 24
69-70 Hurst 18
70-71 Hurst 16
71-72 Best 23 - Hurst 16 - Robson 15
72-73 Robson 28
73-74 Bonds 13 - Best 13
74-75 Jennings 14 - Gould 13
75-76 Taylor 17 - Jennings 14
76-77 Robson 14 - Jennings 10
77-78 Robson 11 - Hales 10
78-79 Robson 26 - Cross 18
79-80 Cross 18 - Stewart 14
80-81 Cross 33 - Goddard 23 - Brooking 10
81-82 Cross 19 - Goddard 17 - Stewart 13
82-83 Goddard 12 - Van Der Elst 12 - Stewart 11
83-84 Cottee 19 - Swindlehurst 15
84-85 Cottee 24 - Goddard 14
85-86 McAvennie 28 - Cottee 26 - Stewart 10
86-87 Cottee 29 - McAvennie 11
87-88 Cottee 15
88-89 Rosenoir 15 - Kelly 11
89-90 Dicks 14 - Keen 13 - Quinn 13 - Slater 11 - M.Allen 11
90-91 Morley 17 - McAvennie 11
91-92 Small 18 - McAvennie 10
92-93 Morley 22 - C.Allen 18 - Dicks 14
93-94 Morley 16 - Chapman 11 - M.Allen 10
94-95 Cottee 15 - Hutchison 11
95-96 Cottee 12 - Dicks 11
96-97 Kitson 9 - Dowie 8
97-98 hartson 24 - Berkovic 9 - Lampard 9
98-99 Wright 9
99-00 Di Canio 18 - Wanchope 15 - Lampard 14
00-01 Kanoute 14 - Di Canio 11
01-02 Defoe 14 - Kanoute 12
02-03 Defoe 11 - Di canio 9
03-04 Defoe 15 - Harewood 14 - Connolly 14
04-05 Harewood 22 - Sherringham 21
05-06 Harewood 16 - Zamora 10
06-07 Zamora 11
07-08 Ashton 11
08-09 Cole 12
09-10 Cole 10
10-11 Cole 11
11-12 Cole 15 - Nolan 13 - Vaz Te 12
12-13 Nolan 10
13-14 Nolan 7
14-15 Sakho 12
15-16 Payet 12

Your mum 5:49 Tue Jan 17
Re: West Ham’s striking failure: 32 signed in seven years and still no solution
As bad as this list reads, compare that to most prem sides & then we'll talk.

Dan M 5:23 Tue Jan 17
Re: West Ham’s striking failure: 32 signed in seven years and still no solution
Tomshardware 4:38 Tue Jan 17

Rather annoyingly, no-one.

grasshopper 5:21 Tue Jan 17
Re: West Ham’s striking failure: 32 signed in seven years and still no solution
After reading this, those who defend the owners obviously dont have a clue

Stranded 5:18 Tue Jan 17
Re: West Ham’s striking failure: 32 signed in seven years and still no solution
Good article. And painful reading.

13 Brentford Rd 5:13 Tue Jan 17
Re: West Ham’s striking failure: 32 signed in seven years and still no solution
The position does seem cursed. Look at the relative success stories, Carroll, Sakho, Demba Ba, Tevez and Ashton in modern times.

A combination of bad luck, bad judgement and being too tight.

Far Cough 4:47 Tue Jan 17
Re: West Ham’s striking failure: 32 signed in seven years and still no solution
Payet was at the door

Grumpster 4:41 Tue Jan 17
Re: West Ham’s striking failure: 32 signed in seven years and still no solution
Was Garth at his door mugging him off so that he could post it via his phone first.

Tomshardware 4:38 Tue Jan 17
Re: West Ham’s striking failure: 32 signed in seven years and still no solution
Dan M 3:41 Tue Jan 17

Who was it at the door?

Orange Hammer 4:37 Tue Jan 17
Re: West Ham’s striking failure: 32 signed in seven years and still no solution
Grim reading to say the least. Very depressing when reading about the whole lot in 1 go

Far Cough 4:11 Tue Jan 17
Re: West Ham’s striking failure: 32 signed in seven years and still no solution
We could do with Wally St Pier back at the ground

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