Mubama is the Hammers answer


Mubama is the Hammers answer by Hugh Southon

West Ham’s striker problems have been endless down the years but with worries again arising we have a player who can help us overcome the problems we may face up front next season – Divin Mubama looks the answer.

What with Seb Haller having been shipped out in the past and the likelihood of Michail Antonio leaving, along possibly with Gianluca Scamacca, we may be back close to square one !

Mubama is the Hammers answer

Danny Ings is clearly not the answer front given David Moyes‘ preference for bustling and battling old fashioned centre forwards.

But look to the academy and there is the answer  in the shape of teenager Divin Mubama who can save us a fortune in the transfer market,

Like Claret and Hugh blogger and former academy director Terry Westley, we believe the teenager should have got perhaps 10 games last season as he showed the sort of tenacity and attitude of which the manager approves,

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He is big, strong scores goals and knows how to get behind defenders and into goal scoring positions rather like Tony Cottee in years gone by.

Let’s make no mistake about it, he is a top prospect and has looked more than ready to take his chances when first team calls have come along.

In the defeat at Brentford, he set up a wrongly disallowed goals and turned in a hugely energetic performance when coming on as a sub.

It has been much the same whenever he has appeared and it will bitterly disappointing if he continues to be kept waiting!

This lad has more than earned his chance!

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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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  • BoleynIrons says:

    I agree. But the biggest stumbling block to this and any of our very classy youth players is Moyes and probably his backroom staff. This needs to change. Moyes has to see the error of his ways or we’ll be stumbling in the bottom 5 all season again. No run in the EL will help next season as we’ll be playing against better team and his tactics won’t work again.
    He’ll be trying to put in the poor signing of Ings again.

  • hammerpete6 says:

    He really must be given a chance. We know not every young prospect makes the top level, but the elephant in the room that Moyes really should address has been the fact he has not made use of young Irons at all during three years of their success. A few minutes here and there, integration into the first team squad not just bench warming for a week or two. I don’t mind Moyes rejecting them, but I really despair when he doesn’t give them a try. Surely Divin is ready? Like Dec was five years ago? Who dares wins David!!

  • Mr Buddy Lurve says:

    I think this is what pre-season is for – for Divin to take his chance to impress. I’m sure DM is well aware of him as an option. He shows promise, but still seems raw at first team level.

    Scamacca is going to be another expensive mistake, hot on the heels of Haller, and we must learn our lesson. Why do we buy players who prosper when they play in different systems? Surely other strikers are buyable that thrive in the one-up-front system we play?

    I think Danny needs to move on, but who will buy him given the wages he’s on? We stand zero chance of recouping the £15m for him, unless a newly promoted club comes in for him and play a system that works for him.

  • dawkins63 says:

    You cannot have the weight of a premier league striker on someone so young , maybe loan him out, going into another European competition and after winning one the expectation from West Ham fans will be massive 😁

  • Buster says:

    Divin is good, but he’s not ready yet. Much too early for a regular first team place.

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