The season is long and hard and inevitably reinforcements become necessary as we hit the hard months after the busy Christmas fixture list. However, even an outbreak of the bubonic plague would have hhad less of an impact upon the Hammers squad, as injury-itis has selectively robbed poor Allardyce of his best and most important players leaving a makeshift side with no recognised centre backs to bravely eek out a point against West Brom yesterday. The cries of salary and spending caps have been dismissed as the Hammers board get down to the business of identifying players who are actually fit for the cause of trying to save our season, and Premiership status. Here we examine some of the more attractive possible recruits for Big Sam and the Two Davids to try and recruit during the transfer window…
1. Demba Ba
The Hammers are perfectly positioned to make an audacious swoop for the out of favour Chelski striker who got his first taste of English soccer at the Boleyn. The West Londoners will be expecting us to move for him and will be on guard but since it took us almost 10 years to retrieve young Joe Cole after they kidnapped him, we can expect to have Ba at our disposal for at least half as long before the FA coppers catch up with us! Bring him home we say, NOW!!!
The remarkable deterioration in the Hammer’s results since Winston Reid's injury-enforced absence highlights the need for adequate ‘man-mountain’back up – the giant Ents from the Lord of the Rings could provide the perfect replacement for Winston and the absence of the forested ones from the storyline of the Hobbit means that they are at a loose end and would almost certainly be available to provide much needed muscle in the centre of a leaky Hammer's defence.
3. Elliot Lee
The pacey and tricky little striker could provide some welcome diversity in the Hammers offensive efforts and represents a much more attractive option than a past-it Jermain Defoe. WAIT.......Hold on, he’s actually our player! Errr why is he stuck yoyoing from loan periods at Nowhere FC to languishing in the stiffs until he reaches the Allardyce-required age of consent (23 years of age before Premiership action is allowed) while we have clearly needed a striker to offer support for ‘lonely’ Carlton Cole and misfiring wanderer Modi Maiga. Let's double sign him!
No, not Palacios, but the faithful Wilson who saved Tom Hanks from total insanity in Castaway. Given the terrifyingly one-sided possession statistics for most of West Ham’s games, where we seek to survive on 30-35% possession, the squad desperately needs some ball contact in order to maintain their ball skills and Wilson could prove just what’s needed.