We haven’t really had our fair share of greats during the years, but we have, unfortunately had many flops, here’s my top 5…
David Di Michele – how absolutely dreadful! Where so start? Well, he scored 4 goals in 30 appearances for West Ham, and it was very fortunate that manager Gianfranco Zola didn’t snap him up permanently after he was loaned from Torino. Didn’t we get lucky?
Di Michele starred for us under Zola during the 2008/09 campaign. We scored only 80 goals between 2008 and 2010, and you can see why, with Zola snapping up players like Di Michele.
Tal Ben Haim – wow! Well he played for us during the 2010/11 season which saw us go down under Avram Grant. Grant signed the fellow Israeli on loan from Portsmouth, and he went on to play in only 8 games. A poor, out of place defender who probably didn’t help us during our relegation scrap in any way, especially beside Upson!
Won’t be clapping now will you Tal?!
Luis Boa Morte – after signing from Fulham, many of us thought he’d be a great addition, flair, pace, and a goal scorer, but the Portuguese winger was so poor. The worst thing about him was that he was ours for a total of four seasons, playing 91 games and scoring 2. How annoying, and this is why West Ham don’t waste their cash nowadays.
Poor signings like him end up costing us decent additions these days. Poor player. Poor signing. Glad he’s gone? Yeah same!
Benni McCarthy – oh my goodness, his wages went on food, and in 11 appearances, he scored a whooping total of … oh wait, he didn’t score did he? Another waste of money. Another waste of time. Fortunately, on his debut he got injured. For six weeks, or we could have been in a mess. A deadline day signing during the 2010/11 season, and he was yet another un-motivated, poor playing professional on our books. Looking back on the team, we deserved relegation, and it’s the best thing that has happened for us in a long while, simply because it gave us a kick up the arse with time wasting players like him.
Savio Nsereko – it’s laughable that we signed him. Savio’s career consists of 3 goals between 2006 and 2013, and this guy is a winger that also plays upfront! Tipped as one of Europe’s greatest youngsters, we signed him for £9m thinking he was a bargain! Brescia must have been laughing all the way to the bank. Making 10 appearances and 1 start he was such a flop. What on earth possessed manager Gianfranco Zola to sign him? Nobody will ever know.
Ever seen the film Fargo? Well watch it then read this again; Savio Nsereko was arrested by Thai police after staging a kidnap and demanding £25,000 as part of a ransom.
What a failure, end of.