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Let’s not be ageist – this Iron deserves another deal

The common wisdom would seem to be that Angelo Ogbonna is in his last season with the Hammers.

I hope not!

He is rising 35 in May and hardly a member of what David Moyes declared at one point would be a young and energetic Hammers squad.

But that’s not the point. Oggy is a becoming  a hero again and despite being part of the opening Newcastle goal yesterday was  – as ‘Arry would day – “t’riffic” when the pressure came on  in the second half.

It has been clear over the last few games – some of course which he has captained – that he has fully recovered from his horrible injury last year.

His performance against a quality club such as the Bar Codes showed that he still has much amount to offer. Kurt Zouma wasn’t missed!

David Moyes once said that central defenders have a longer career expectancy than others and it certainly appears that Oggy is a case in point.

With Craig Dawson gone and scoring his first goal for Wolves yesterday we are left with Kurt Zouma, Nayef Aguerd, Oggy and possibly Kehrer.

One more top liner may be required this summer but Oggy  – should he continue in this form which, given his character, can be expected – is worth another year in my book.

He has been an uncomplaining member of Hammers squads at all times since he joined us in 2015 and is a thorough professional.

Thanks Oggy – really hope you are around next term.

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About Hugh5outhon1895

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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

3 comments on “Let’s not be ageist – this Iron deserves another deal

  1. Whilst i understand your feelings about Oggy and a new contract you cannot be sentimental in football and as you age the injuries come more commonplace(like we dont know!)and if he was going to be given a contract i would like it in a coaching role to help the youth(errr do we still have any?) develop into better players.

    we need two new fullbacks and at least two centrebacks to go alongside Aguered so whoever is in charge this summer a major rebuild at the back IMO is needed.

  2. Totally agree I too hope he gets a year contract. He is a classy player, able to slot in and give a good performance, and like Nobes, he is good to have in the dressing room

  3. I totally agree too, he deserves another year. He is a leader and we do not have many of those. I do agree with need 2 full backs but with Oggy staying I think one top CB is needed which would leave us with 4 good CBs, Ogbonna, Zouma, Aguerd plus one. I would bring in two full backs, 100% Coufal stays but for me Johnson could be allowed to leave. I would also keep Emerson and allow Cresswell to leave.

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