Potts Wins SBOBET Player of The Month

News coming out from West Ham’s official:

Dan Potts has completed a remarkable December 2011 by being voted West Ham United’s SBOBET player of the month.

The 17-year-old, who beat a life-threatening bout of leukaemia less than two years ago, was handed his début by manager Sam Allardyce in the 1-0 home npower Championship victory over Barnsley on 17 December. Potts kept his place for the 1-1 Boxing Day draw at Birmingham City and 2-1 New Year’s Eve defeat at Derby County.

The teenager has impressed with his poise, composure and willingness to get forward and has been tipped for a very bright future by both Big Sam and Academy Director Tony Carr.

Potts took 34.9 per cent of the vote, with Robert Green second on 24.4 per cent and James Tomkins third on 23.5 per cent.

Good on you Pottsy! Let’s hope this is a small taste of things to come!

Transfer Window Open

So the madness begins!! What most clubs have been waiting for, that pesky window to open so they can strengthen their squads!

Looking at our squad I think we are desperately short of some fire power, with Carlton Cole, Fredi Piquionne, John Carew and Sam Baldock hardly banging the goals in for fun. If we are serious about getting promoted automatically we need to get a proven goalscorer in. I don’t think it’s reasonable to keep relying on midfielders and defenders to pop up with goals to win us matches, it’s nice but we need to load to be put on the forwards!

If you look at Southampton they have Ricky Lambert notching up goals for fun and that is something I think we need desperately!

Anyway enough of my ramblings, let the craziness commence! Although I am sure it will be quite until January 31st!!

The Rhode To Nowhere?

West Ham are reported to have submitted a £3million bid for Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes.

The highly-rated 21-year-old has been the subject of a bid by West Ham. The Manager Sam Allardyce is said to have handed Chairman David Gold a list of 25+ potential transfer window targets.

The striker has already scored 20 goals this season for Huddersfield  including four braces, two hat-tricks and one four-goal haul! So some serious fire power from the forward!

West Ham’s initial bid is said to have been rejected, although the Hammers are hopeful that an improved offer in the region of £4million will be enough to land Rhodes.

I am not too optimistic that Rhodes club will be willing to cash in on their main man at this stage of the season, especially as they think a bidding war may erupt with plenty of interest from The Premiership clubs as well.

Potts Signs Pro Contract

New from the club is that West Ham United’s Dan Potts has signed a two-and-a-half year professional contract.

Signing his first pro deal marks the next step in the career of a player who, less than two years ago, was given the all-clear following a successful battle with leukaemia.

The teenager, who is comfortable at either left-back or centre-back, is in Sam Allardyce’s 20-man matchday squad for Saturday’s npower Championship visit of Barnsley, was naturally delighted to put pen to paper.

“I’m overjoyed with it, to be honest,” Potts told West Ham TV. “When I first heard, I just wanted to get it done and sorted. It’s a big weight off my shoulders and now I can push on with that sorted and try to break into the first team. That’s now my main objective.

“I think the length of the contract at my age is important. You can get year-long contracts and the end of your deal soon comes around and you’re thinking ‘Will I get the next one’. Now I can concentrate on the football side of things.

“It’s been a great experience being around the first team boys. They are a great bunch of lads and the gaffer gives me tips too. It’s good that they’re talking to me because I know that they want to make me a better player. It’s good to hear from experienced people.

“Kevin Nolan is a great player to have around the place because he’s great with the young lads. It’s pleasing.”

Good news as I have seen him play and he looks a great prospect.

Hammers Linked With Barca Striker

Is it Lionel Messi? David Villa? Pedro?

No, none of the above, we can dream can’t we? West Ham are however being linked with a move for Barcelona ‘B’ striker Jonathan Soriano.

The 26-year-old striker scored 32 goals in Spain’s second flight last season as he fired Barcelona B team into the play off’s.

And according to Mundo Deportivo the Hammers are just one of up to ten clubs to express their interest in signing the player, with a list that includes German and Portuguese clubs.

With Sam Allardyce looking to reinforce our goal shy forward line this guy could be the answer, whispers are his contract is up in June so he would be low cost and low risk!