Hearts went out to Divin Mubama


Hearts went out out to Divin Mubama last night when he arrived as a second half sub. The same is true of many of the site’s forum members. A serious lack of creative energy in a sub standard squad performance on the night saw the team reduced to the Allardyce routine of booting the ball up to the teenager more in hope than confidence and optimism. The young man had no chance of making an impact having shown in the past that he is a striker who likes ball to feet and knows how to get behind the opposition defence to snap up real chances.

Hearts went out to Mubama

Hearts went out to Divin Mubama

If we cast our minds back to Burnley that was how he created the chance at the near post for an own goal which helped us to get a result.

The young man is now back in talks with the club about a new contract and most of us will be hoping that he and his advisors do the business and that he remains a Hammer. He is the liveliest and most likely top striker to arrive out of the academy for a long time.

But to see him running around trying to reach balls that were flying over his head  or falling short last night was a horrible reminder of how things were under Big Fat Sam. The FA Cup match at the weekend is another chance for him to strut his stuff although the possibility is that Mikey Antonio will have recovered in time for the game.

Divin isn’t the finished article and his first touch could do with some improvement but come to that so could Mikey’s. I think the lad has a real future but not in a boot it up and  “have it ” approach.


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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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  • johnham1 says:

    I thought it was great to see him introduced and i thought he looked like a man, strong and powerful too.

  • hammerpete6 says:

    It was embarrassing. For older supporters, it was like when we had mud bath pitches and teams would thump it up to stick in the mud and scrap for it. Above all, what a missed opportunity. Look at Brighton with young players integrated and coached, encouraged. We had on the bench Casey, Laing, Orford, Mubama as well as Cornet. But we had a manager who had no intention of subbing on several players or coaching their integration. Honestly, if you were Mubama, would you think that boded well for his future here? Moyes shows no interest in these young Academy players, and as for ‘we like Maxi’ just who is he kidding?

  • Good Old Daze says:

    Hugh, do you think we should start Mubama against Bristol City and maybe some of the others youngsters? City are having a good season and will be no pushovers.

    Any reason that you know why Cornet is being ignored by DM? He’s got to be a better shout on the left than Benrahma or Fornals.

  • MICHBRAN says:

    You really an idiot claret and hugh. Cast your mind back to the minutes Declan, or if you can remember Joe Cole, or Frank or Rio or, come to think of it – any youngster. There is no need or way Divin starts, nor should expect to start or play anything other than a bit part player, Try as best you can to understand that football is not a continuous upward curve and that we took 4 points from Brighton this year, which if we were to do against every club would be outstanding. Try. I know its difficult to have perspective and see things in a bigger picture. Moyes is a world away from Big Sam. Not even close.

    • You are clearly correct although I didn’t notice them playing towards him with ball at feet and him getting in behind defences as he likes to. If you read the piece properly you will see I was talking about one game so idiot may be a tad over the top

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