Trials, Tribulations and Triumphs of being 3,473 Miles from Upton Park and West Ham United (Aug 2011 - May 2016)
As a blogger (sounds like a drunk lumber-jack) the off season, is new to me. I had intended to make a "Gone Fishing" post and kick back off sometime in August. However, for other sites of merit, such as Ian Dale's top shelf West Ham Till I Die and the ever thought provoking Knees Up Mother Brown there is no Summer Holiday (sorry Cliff). They are busy covering the summer's purchases, sales and exchanges be they real or imagined. Although here we are a path much less travelled, I will tip my trilby in that direction, by keeping this post open for any comments or questions regarding who's coming or going.
According to David & David, Green is off, which to me is a shame - better the Devil you know and all that. Evidently Green wants more than they are willing to pay, well it is their money !
Looks more likely as things have just got more "Jussi"
Are you what they call "ITK" Filthy ? Alf has just signed another of his old Bolton muckers - goalie Jussi Jasskelainen, who certainly has a few miles on his clock - what the Antiques Trade might call a patina. What I want to know is he going to be #2 goalie and if so who's going to be #1 ?
I fear"JJ" will be wearing the #1 and it'll go wrong. He's an excellent keeper, but definitely past his best. A little fragile. We'll have to wait and see..
I know JJ's 37 Filthy, but what's with the "a little fragile comment" ? More inside info, or just the "slinga and arrows" of getting old ?
Not just "brittle bone syndrome" but my memories of him 5 years ago. Fearless, and a fabulous shot stopper. He'd throw himself at anything. last couple of years he'd occasionally watch it go past him, admittedly out of reach, but before he would have tried even though it was impossible.He's still an excellent keeper, and as good as most in the prem. Mr Motivator'll have to keep him strong.
Between the posts we still have Stech, Henderson and I think Boffin (or has he gone ?), but I'm not sure any of them are ready for a regular First Division shift. Maybe Alf's hoping one of them only a season or so away from the task As we all know a Top Shelf goalie ain't cheap, maybe JJ was too good adeal to let pass ?
lOuis Saha? Diame? Hopefully still some money left
"So farewell then, Robert Green...."Why he wants to go to QPR I don't know. they may be rich, but don't seem to know what to do with their money.Time to push the trolley down the "defender aisle" I reckon.
Filthy, your Robert Green post reminded me that the man deserved his own tribute, which I've since sorted. will continue to discuss whatever trading occurs here on "Walker's Pitch". I think you may be a bit on the "sunny side" when it comes to how much cash we're likely to splash !
Well it's another one for the "in tray" - Mohammed "MoMo" Diame a Senegalese midfielder from Wigan, with a dodgy ticker ! As predicted by Filthy"ITK" Rich (the signing not the ticker). For more info I would suggest West Till I Die.
Just heard that Freddie Sears was let go, which I can't say comes as a surprise. He's been out on several loans and as far as I can tell, never really created much of a stir at any of them. It's always a bit sad when a local young 'un doesn't make the grade, but not many do. Now go out there and prove us wrong Freddie !
Some good news from the "In Tray" (think Dobie Gray) - defender George McCartney (AKA "Ringo" or "Linda") has returned from Sunderland ! I feel a bit like I'm talking to myself here, still you never know who might be lurking in the shadows.
I would think that's a "solid" move, rather than a "Stella" one...Good to know there'll be some reinforcements for a defence that will be stretched at times. Maybe the Spanish vogue for having NO strikers will reappear in England but with extra defenders instead of creative midfielders A La Chelsea.
Other than the fact we play with a round ball too, I'm not sure you can make many comparisons between us and any of the major forces in Spanish football Filthy !
i s'pose that's true, even with Sam "Iniesta" Allardyce in charge. I do believe that West Ham will survive in the premiership ONLY if they go for it in a controlled way. Sitting back behind the bus will just see them lose games 1 or 2-0 rather than winning enough to stay up.Sorry if I sound pessimistic....but I feel there's more shopping to be done!
"I feel there's more shopping to be done" - spoken like a true Englishman Filthy ! Viewed from afar, with occasional "close quarters" contact, I'd have to say that the British have turned shopping into their #1 National Pastime - led by that "dream team" of shoppers - the Essex Royal Family, Posh & Becks. They may not be able to compete in the International Arena of Football, but when it comes to shopping - they stand alone. England Expects That Every Man Will Buy His Duty Free ! Alf Tupper's obviously on a budget, but I'm sure he's going to "put in the bag", just think more high end Tesco than Dolce & Gabanna !
And Becks got"overlooked" for the Olympics team by his erstwhile Spice boy pal and serial adulterer ryan giggs. Seeing as 75% of Olympic visitors will have to pass through a shopping mall to get to the events, and terminal 3 in Heathrow a "retail assault" I can't argue with you about England being shopping central. It wasn't Sooo long ago it was all closed on a Sunday, half day closing saturday afternoon and maybe wednesday or thursday as well.In west Ham's case I advocate lining up outside(overnight) Harrods/selfridges/john Lewis/Tesco/the soup kitchen- to get the right man at the right price. But who is it?
The answer is...Andy Carroll!!!! I'm not sure the rumours will prove to be true. William Gallas? probably more likely
Can't see Andy Carroll on Green Street myself, but I'm sure Alf will have a go. Didn't he pack him off to Preston whilst in charge at Newcastle ? That's not something easy to forgive.
Mr Maiga joins the ranks. Don't know much about him, but he's the right age in any case. My guess is he's a keeper (no! not a goalkeeper)
You beat me to the punch there Filthy, I was waiting for an official confirmation now received. 24 year old Modibo ("Mod" ?) Maiga from French club Sochaux, who like Freddie Kanoute hails from Mali, according to the brochure he can play Centre Forward or on the wing. Seems much more realistic than all the flim flam about Carroll and Berbatov, I'm looking forward to seeing him play. Time to break out the claret and blue target t-shirt !
I'm staying in front of Filthy on this one, it looks like Alf 's landed a Spanish central defender (much needed coverage for the Dynamic Duo - Tomkins & Reid ), 27 year old Ivan Ramis from Real Mallorca. He's played 8 years in the RM first team and being as Wigan were after him too, can't be half bad at rugby either !
I hadn't heard that one, but sounds alright. i feel the noise about improved offers for Carroll is a smoke screen by the Gollivans to show they're prepared to spend big bucks.Still, so far not a bad crop if senor pepp's intelligence proves to be true.
On the Carroll front I hope you're right Filthy. I don't think Andy Pandy is worth $17 Million, even at today's "stitch up" prices. We have Carlton, who may not be as good, but he's at least half as good and so why is Pandy four times the price ? It's just because some idiot from "up north" got mugged over him and is trying to get some of his money back. Anyway you can't get Newcastle Brown Ale on Green St !
It's another familiar face in Alf's "in tray" - the return of James "Ginger" Collins, minus his barnet from Villa. Not sure what sort of shift he put in for Villa last season, but they did nearly get relegated. If he's not too banged up (28 years old so some mileage left) he could be alright. Hardly a sexy signing tough and zero threat to Tomkins "Ladies' Choice" title.
Back to the future...definitely NOT exciting. Used to be good...I think it could go either way.
Well it turns out Ramis has signed for Wigan after all, smooth talked into by Martinez by all accounts. Still you can't miss what you never had !
A week to go, so it should get busy soonish, in the meantime we've landed 31 year old Alou Diarra from Marseille. He was once with Liverpool, but I don't think he ever made the first team and I have no idea what kind of shift he's been putting in across The Channel, but here's hoping he can provide some solid coverage as a defensive midfielder. Word is that Wolves turned down our offer of 9 million for winger Matt Jarvis ! I have no idea what that's all about, would have thought Wolves could have used that kind of scratch ?
Your ears are more attuned than mine ....what do you reckon is still needed?
Nice of you to ask Filthy and thanks for keeping me company this summer. I think we could do with another proven stopper for the defense, someone truly creative going forward and who doesn't want another goalscorer. But if I could only have two - a stopper and someone who can think outside of the box, something we've lacked since Yossi B. scarpered !
It's not impossible he (YB) could return. Surplus at Chelsea andArsenal? Don't think he's lined up anywhere else. Good vision and skill, he would be a plus.
Not sure how the return of Yossi would be greeted by some sections of the Green St. faithful, he did declare his desire to stay at Upton Park and leave a few days later. But for the right price and sensible wages, I'd swallow me pride and take him bak.