Allardyce on new boy Zarate


Grumpy AllSam Allardyce has today welcomed new striker Mauro Zarate to the club!

Hopefully under the new attacking philosophy being demanded by the West Ham board Zarate’s capture will prove at least part of the answer to the club’s poor strike rate.

But this maybe a useful interview to print out and recall if the 27 year old finds himself warming the bench in 2014-15! 

Here are the manager’s thoughts on the striker as relayed by the official site at

“This signing is based on his record from being in Argentina, where he has scored the goals that he has scored because we are looking for some goals plus the fact that, at a much younger age, he had the experience of the Premier League with Birmingham for a while.

“We hope that a combination of the two – the fact that he knows the Premier League and now he has become more experienced and more mature, he is going to have evolved in terms of giving us a few more goals in the Premier League when he gets the opportunity.

“Hopefully he is going to settle in quickly and bring us those sort of options that we need to be more successful in terms of goal scoring next season.

“He is a different type of player to what we have already got, which is what we have been looking for for a whil

“He is small and sharp and quick and has got good feet, so hopefully he can give us another dimension for what we don’t have in the squad at the moment.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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