With a big squad needed for our Europa League campaign that kicks off in less than three weeks time, it wouldn’t be the smartest move for West Ham to start offloading squad players. Four or five more players are expected to come to Upton Park over the course of the summer, but perhaps the sale of those who haven’t cut it yet would be beneficial for the greater good. With that in mind, we asked our writers:
One player West Ham must sell this summer & why?
I believe West Ham need to find a way to offload Kevin Nolan this summer, which will be a tough ask as who on Earth would actually want this man and afford his wages? The intersection of that venn diagram would be almost nonexistent. On a reported £50,000-a-week, Nolan is expected to be a force in the attacking third, getting on the end of loose balls and knock downs – feeding off scraps essentially. Fact of the matter is, he hasn’t got the stamina to hustle opponents like he used to. He’s lost his sixth sense for knowing where the ball will land in the box and getting on the end of it. He’s more of a hinderance to the team now, and for that reason he cannot be part of the squad going forward.
Going forward, Kevin Nolan would have to depart the club I’m afraid. The midfielder still very much embodies Big Sam’s style of play, and it is time we undertake a new creative playing style under Slaven Bilic. He is beyond his peak, and Nolan’s departure would also be a good career move for him. It would also give us an opportunity to try different options in and around the striker(s).
I think that Matt Jarvis has to be sold this summer. Unfortunately, Jarvis has been a massive disappointment since his £10.8 million switch in 2012 and has never lived up to the price tag. He featured very little last season and I can’t see him featuring next season unless we are desperate. We will not get anywhere near the price we paid for him but I think he has to be sold to free up wages or perhaps to be used in a player plus cash deal for a better quality player.
One player West Ham must sell is Kevin Nolan. The soon-to-be former captain has lost the fan support after a woeful year, much to do with the dip in the team’s form after his return around Christmas. Nolan is seen as a puppet of Sam Allardyce’s ways, and it is all the better now that Allardyce is out, that his captain follows him to the exit. The Boleyn Ground is ready to see a new player wear the captain’s armband. Whether it be Mark Noble, Winston Reid, or even Adrián, it would be an improvement to Nolan, who was often seen as slow and showing his age. Thanks for four years of trying Nolan, you were a huge key to achieving promotion. You and Allardyce both deserve thanks, but West Ham are on to bigger things. Kevin Nolan, please follow Big Sam out.
Joey O’Brien. The versatile Irishman might be a cult hero at West Ham but the simple truth is that he is not good enough. O’Brien joined us for our Championship campaign and his ability to play across the back and in midfield certainly aided our promotion campaign but he is not a Premier League footballer. The past few seasons had seen a painful tug-of-war for the right back position between JOB and the equally hapless Guy Demel before Carl Jenkinson came in to save us.
O’Brien was used as a late substitute on numerous occasions last year and was a contributing factor towards the torrents of late goals that we conceded. JOB would be a useful addition for any Championship outfit or maybe a newly promoted team such as Bournemouth, who may need an experienced head as a back-up.
This summer I believe we must sell Kevin Nolan. Let me begin by saying that he hasn’t deserved the abuse directed at him. The captain has done plenty of good things for this club. He united a divided dressing room after our relegation and was top goal scorer in our promotion season and first year back in the Premier League. After this, though, his pace and clinical touch disappeared. He’s always been belittled for being an Allardyce man but my reason’s for suggesting he should go is that he is simply not the player that he was. In a similar vain to Allardyce he was the right man for West Ham when he arrived and his efforts for the club should be applauded and remembered. But now is the right time to cut ties for both parties.
I believe the one player that should be sold this window is Modibo Maiga. We currently have 5 strikers on our books and are seemingly in the hunt for another one, we cannot afford to have 6 strikers at the club when areas in midfield and defence need to be addressed. From what I have seen of Maiga he does not have the aggression in his game to make it in the Premier League. If we are in the hunt for another striker then I’d much rather give Zarate another chance than Maiga, unfortunately for Maiga he blew his chance when he did get an extended run as the main striker.
Every West Ham player in my eyes always deserves a fair opportunity to prove himself. Even a second chance to bounce back if the player has had a period of poor performances or an off season. Having said that, i know when a player is finished with the club with no chance of returning to previous form; we have to turn our attention to selling Kevin Nolan.
I’ve seen the midfielder lose yard after yard of pace during the previous three seasons in the Premier League, his work-rate deteriorate drastically and I now find myself putting my head in my hands with frustration, when I see his name on the team sheets starting 11. His ability to affect the course of a game is becoming scarce. I don’t doubt the players desire to win, as a captain he can influence a referee’s decision, keep a player from losing his concentrating and lift the teams head after conceding a goal; but it’s not sufficient anymore.
I respect what the 32-year-old has done for at the Boleyn, helping the club gain promotion from the Championship but skill and technique now dominate the quality of the England’s top league and Kevin Nolan is someway off this standard of football. Time to let the £2.6 million a year earner move on.
Matt Jarvis just hasn’t shown consistent Premier League quality for us in my opinion. He is very one footed and his delivery from the wing has not been up to scratch on the whole. Despite producing a memorable moment in the League Cup Quarter Final, with a well taken goal at Spurs, I think many West Ham fans would agree that he now gets nowhere near the starting line-up and doesn’t really offer anything from the bench.
Hopefully a newly promoted club will take him but I think his standard is more at the top end of the Championship and I’m not sure if he will be prepared to take that hit in his wages. We certainly will not be getting anywhere near the reported £7.5m that was paid out. If we could get £2.5m I’d take it.
The player I would say we had to sell would be Matt Jarvis. Although I do admire that he works hard when he plays, I just feel that he his performances have been disappointing for the past two seasons, especially his lack of final product and good quality crossing. Another reason to get rid of him this window would be that he is still of value and his resale price could be about £5million, which would allow us to reinvest in a winger who would be more effective in the role.
Andy Carroll. Perhaps a controversial choice, as the 26-year old striker has demonstrated an almost unparalleled aerial dominance when fit. However, since signing for the club permanently in the 2013 transfer window, Carroll has managed to play just over 2000 minutes of football. The heel problem which kept him out until January 2014 was only the start of a multitude of lower leg injuries. This season Carroll was only fit to play from November until February, though managing to score five goals in the process. His ability to win an average 8.6 aerial duels per game since joining West Ham means that, were he able to keep fit, Carroll would be an extremely useful squad player.
However the regularity of his injuries, coupled with the enormous £15,000,000 outlay from the club, has rendered the striker poor value for money. West Ham should attempt to cut its losses and sell Carroll at a reduced fee to any team willing to put up with his injuries. The spectacular form of Diafra Sakho has demonstrated the importance of a consistent striker, and the club should seek more of the same in the upcoming window.