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‘Marquee’ man and ‘Mr Loyalty’ set to head Irons exodus

It seems a very long time ago that Joe Hart was being hailed as a marquee loan signing!

Darren Randolph quickly disappeared ‘oop north to Middlesborough – a move which has given him the hint of a chance of returning to the Premier League.

And it all meant that a Hammers ‘Mr Loyalty’ – Adrian – was left holding a very ugly baby – confined to the first team sidelines again – before  Hart’s efforts from hell gave David Moyes no alternative a couple of weeks after his arrival.

Let’s be honest, neither of them have been good enough although on Sunday, Hart produced a performance at Chelsea which for the first time left us not feeling resentful that the man is on a £110,000 a week deal.

But the unpalatable truth – as we head into the final days of this dreadful season – are that neither are good enough and it comes as no surprise that both could be gone in the summer.

David Moyes – it seems – has made his mind up that Hart is heading back to Manchester and Adrian will be back-up at best – a situation hardly designed to have the stopper wanting any sort of new deal.

Nathan Trott isn’t ready and will be going out on loan to a Championship club as the Hammers check out up to a dozen goalkeeping targets.

It’s a good starting point for the Hammers but a dilemma they could do without in what will be the most hectic of summers.

A goalkeeper is required, a couple of central defenders, a right back, midfielder and striker looks a minimum requirement from where I’m sitting.

And lets be honest with all the sound and fury beginning to quieten down let’s start to realise that David Moyes has done a great job in guiding us this far towards safety given the ill balanced and often average resources he was handed.

The goalkeeping situation however, would defeat better managers than him. That is the first and very pressing problem he MUST solve!

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6 comments on “‘Marquee’ man and ‘Mr Loyalty’ set to head Irons exodus

  1. We have much bigger priorities for areas to strengthen and a big improvement over Adrian would cost a lot of our budget.Look at the mistakes made by a lot of bigger name keepers such as Butland,Heaton,Foster etc. If we focus on what is happening in front of the keeper Adrian is good enough.So is Hart, but his wages are too high.

  2. We seem to be looking for a right back for the last 6 years!

    the priority isnt keeper, Adrian is not the worst in the division by any stretch. It is midfield, we are very very weak in the centre and need 2 new players there MINIMUM. Noble’s best days are behind him, Kouyate is technically not good enough. Obiang gets injured for long periods and is slow. Cullen I’m not convinced about, and will probably end up in League 1.

    It’s needed sorting for a whole year.

  3. Hart played a blinder against Chelsea, but that doesn’t hide the poor form he has shown since arriving at West Ham . Adrian is imo the better and more consistent keeper . And as Carrerageorge says ( in the post above ) a better defense of our goal and better protection for Adrian would help no to stop the leaks . He is in fact good enough and better than some in the Premiership . Would be a shame to lose him .

  4. Ok we have turned the moderation off for a trial period to see how it goes. No foul or abusive language towards anyone as posts will be immediately binned. We listen to feedback so hopefully we can get a two way understanding sorted. Cheers boys and girls. COYI

  5. Adrian is certainly good enough, IF the defence can sort out their issues….
    A seriously good midfielder would do the entire defence a service…

  6. Totally predictable that we’d need two goalkeepers for next season. Hart was a Sullivan vanity signing, who’s spent the majority of the season out of form, and Adrian was always likely to leave if he ended up as number two. I still believe Adrian is good enough to be number one, but obviously Moyes doesn’t!

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