Vaz Te Still Needed

After the fallout of Transfer deadline day, you can’t blame West Ham fans for thinking that Ricardo Vaz Te would be on his way out of Upton Park.

Many clubs were linked with Vaz Te, Leeds, Nottingham Forest, Norwich and Cardiff are a few of the names that were touted as a possible destination for the once West Ham hero.

After handing in a transfer request; most of us were under the impression that any funds received for Ricardo would go towards securing a transfer for a new frontman, with a loan deal to Norwich the only real bit of concrete interest, the offer was rebuffed and Ricardo Vaz Te still remains a West Ham player.

Captain Kevin Nolan was recently quoted as saying ”Ricardo should knuckle down and fight for his place in the team” so there are people within the club who believe Vaz Te still has much to offer the club, something I didn’t agree with up until recently. Initially I wasn’t bothered about losing Vaz Te, he has served us well but at times he’s looked out of his depth in the Premier League but with our lack of strikers I think Ricardo could still make a big impact in the side.

Sam Allardyce prefers to play him on the wing and with injuries to Joe Cole and Stewart Downing, he could find himself back out wide. Modibo Maiga has still got time to prove any doubters wrong but at the moment his performances in the League have been less than convincing, so I feel that Vaz could play upfront, in the past he has proven that he’s more the capable of playing as a striker and against Cheltenham in the cup he looked comfortable, admittedly it is lower class opposition but its got to be worth the gamble?

With a likely return of Carlton Cole I ask the question of….Will he be match fit?

Its been two months since Carlton left and even longer since he played any first team football, so if Ricardo plays his cards right and listens to Kevin Nolan I think he can still be a major part of out season.

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Stevo can remember going to games with his Dad and seeing the likes of Clyde Best of all people. He also has a few mates who have “done” complete seasons too – and that was when the Irons were in division one. That’s every home and away game – unbelievable! Stevo plans to do this himself next season!

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