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Karren Brady publicly criticises three strikers and wonders why West Ham can't sign one
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Karren Brady publicly criticises three strikers and wonders why West Ham can't sign one

Hammers vice-chairman Karren Brady publicly criticises three strikers in latest tabloid column and wonders why West Ham can’t sign one.

As West Ham fans were reeling from the excruciating defeat at Liverpool, ill-advised words from Brady’s latest column in The Sun immediately came to mind.

Because it seems Brady is doing her best to rewrite the definition of irony.

It is fair to say the Baroness is not the most popular person among West Ham fans or indeed in an increasing number of opposition boardrooms based on her various columns over the years.

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But it would also be remiss not to point out that West Ham haven’t done too badly over the last couple of years with Brady around.

There is no escaping the fact her regular column in The Sun continues to attract unnecessary ill will and plenty of egg on West Ham’s face to boot.

Her latest effort takes some beating in the self-defeating irony stakes, though.

This week the West Ham vice-chairman randomly took aim at three strikers, all of whom have in recent seasons been linked with moves to the London Stadium.

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Karren Brady publicly criticises three strikers and wonders why West Ham can’t sign one

Brady stated that Fulham star Aleksandar Mitrovic, Brentford’s Ivan Toney and Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins have proved they are not top quality Premier League strikers.

“One thing they (Fulham) can be sure of is the 27-year-old Serb won’t be scoring at anything like his current rate, 34 goals in 31 games,” Brady said in The Sun.

“They know that because he’s been tried and tested with Newcastle and not surprisingly hasn’t come within a country mile of it.

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“This is no criticism of Mitrovic or of the London club. The same story has been told many times before, you see. Indeed, over more than 20 years the Premier League totals of leading Championship scorers are between goodish and downright ordinary.

“Until Mitrovic’s extraordinary flourish, Brentford’s Ivan Toney had set the record at 31 a season ago as the Bees were promoted through the play-offs.

“This year, Toney has scored half a dozen goals in 22 games, a decent enough rate but no relegation-dodging guarantee for manager Thomas Frank. In 2019-20 Mitrovic and Ollie Watkins, then with Brentford, were leading Championship scorers on 26 apiece.

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“Watkins enjoyed an impressive first season in the Prem with Villa, scoring 14 times, against 11 for Mitrovic, his best, when Fulham were relegated in 2018-19…

“It is undeniable though that the only true currency in football is goals and equally that premier clubs have to develop their own serial scorers such as Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Raheem Sterling, or bring them in from abroad.”

While Brady doesn’t say it in so many words, her inference regarding Watkins is that he too has not truly translated his reputation into the Premier League after a quieter second season thus far.

Of course it was inevitable what would happen next.

Toney scored a hat-trick for Brentford to surpass West Ham’s own Michail Antonio in the goalscoring charts and ram Brady’s words back down her throat.

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Watkins meanwhile was opening the scoring for West Ham’s next Premier League opponents Villa in a 4-0 hammering of Southampton – who knocked David Moyes’s side out of the FA Cup in midweek.

But just as Brady was wiping the egg off her face, came West Ham’s match at Anfield in the evening kick off.

West Ham created more chances than any other side against Liverpool at Anfield in Jurgen Klopp’s entire tenure. Moyes’s side carved out a host of golden opportunities but failed to take any of them.

Oh how West Ham would have loved to have had a Mitrovic, a Toney or a Watkins up front or to bring on.

But – as frustrated fans know only too well – Moyes does not have a single striker to call on from the bench after no new arrivals in that key position in the summer or the January windows.

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When the January window closed with no signings and so much to play for, many supporters were incredulous.

Moyes spoke out to defend Brady and the club’s co-owners after the window and revealed it is the Baroness who is tasked with getting transfer deals done for players.

“I have to say there’s been some things said about the board, but the board in this transfer window have been brilliant,” Moyes said on talkSPORT.

“They have backed me and tried to support me in all the moves. I’ve got to say, the work Karren Brady has done to try and see if we could get some deals and get things happening, she’s been really good.”

Baroness Karren Brady, a Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom, a sporting executive, tv personality, newspaper columnist, author and novelist, speaks at Pendulum Summit, World’s Leading Business & Self Empowerment Summit, in Dublin Convention Center. On Thursday, January 10, 2019, in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Even if Brady was right in her assessments, she is wrong to air them publicly.

You only have to ask yourself what other Premier League club has such a prominent, senior figure publicly criticising and questioning the ability of players from rival clubs?

It’s not the done thing and smacks of unprofessionalism. Do the club not think players read these comments. Do the club not think players talk.

The West Ham chief was roundly criticised for a random attack on striker Daniel Sturridge in her column in the past. Brady launched a character assassination of Sturridge, who had just been released by Liverpool.

Previously Brady also upset late Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha with comments in one of her columns.

As a result he refused to do business with the east Londoners over striker Islam Slimani (The Mirror).

And West Ham wonder why they can’t sign a striker.

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