I recently tweeted that I was a fan of Big Sam Allardyce, and what he has done for our club, West Ham United. However, my only criticism of him so far has been the summer debacle surrounding the fact we didn’t sign a second striker while Andy Carroll was recovering from his heel injury.
The week after the closure of the transfer window in August, saw us pick up former Fulham striker, Mladen Petric. Bearing in mind it’s been two months since he joined the club, he’s hardly contributed anything. He’s not fit, he’s not playing, which means he’s not scoring. We all know Petric was a desperate bid to offer some cover while Carroll got fit.
We also re-signed Carlton Cole a few weeks ago, after his much publicised fitness concerns, meaning he had to prove himself to the medical staff at the club. Allardyce signed him, half of the supporters rejoiced, whilst the rest of us put our foreheads back into our hands. Cole has already proven in his brief cameo appearances that he has not improved in any way.
By the time Petric and Cole have time to make an impact, our star striker will be returning to the fray. It begs the question, of what was the point in signing them? Only Big Sam will know the answer to that one!