Pelle may have dodged a Gomez bullet


Blind Hammer argues that missing out on Gomes may have been a blessing in disguise.


In an era where celebrity footballers ditch both home and familiarity in pursuit of riches, the Gomes saga reminds us that this is not the universal template.

Marco Arnautović’s willingness to abandon Europe to pursue riches in the far-flung vistas of China is not the material from which every player is cut.

As recently as Dmitri Payet West Ham have suffered the consequences of players feeling homesick but he is not alone by any measure.

Another Marco West Ham recruit, Marco Boogers, noticeably never adapted to life in England. He was not only not able to cope with the rigours of English football; I remember the dread I felt when he complained about the challenge of playing against Brays Athletic in a pre-season friendly but was also persistently homesick for his native Holland. He is probably most famous now for his appearances in regular anecdotes from Harry Redknapp in recounting his worst signings.

Redknapp allegedly did minimal research into Boogers physical capabilities, and certainly did not evaluate the robustness of his character to meet the challenges of a new league and country.

Even native players can suffer from homesickness. This was a massive challenge in the early life of George Best, at one stage abandoning Manchester to return to Belfast, before eventually settling down to light up the English game.

Probably the most calamitous signing to suffer from homesickness for West ham was Joey Beauchamp who . was signed for West Ham from Oxford United in 1994 for £1.2 million.

This e seems small potatoes nowadays, but this was at that time a club record fee and much was expected of Beauchamp ‘s recruitment. He was the man Billy Bonds wanted to fire up West ham’s left side of midfield and perhaps finally replace the legacy of Trevor Brooking.

However, Beauchamp had spent all his Oxford career living with his parents and could not face the challenge of upping sticks and moving to London. Throughout his entire West Ham career, he commuted from Oxford.

Not surprisingly Beauchamp lasted only 58 days before a baffled Billy Bonds released him back to Swindon Town, receiving the less illustrious skills of Adrian Whitbread in return. Beauchamp eventually returned to his native roots, playing out most of his career at Oxford.

Bond’s frustration with the whole Beauchamp affair reportedly contributed to his growing disillusionment with management.

Footballers are not all money-making machines. They are a variety of characters with different priorities. Recruiting a reluctant Gomes may have been the worst transfer business Pellegrini has ever done.



About David Griffith

My Father, born in 1891 was brought up in the shadows of the Thames Ironworks Memorial Ground. I remember as a child jumping over the settee when Alan Sealy scored in our 1965 European Cup Winners triumph. My first game was against Leicester in 1968, when Martin Peters scored what was adjudged by ITV’s Big Match as the Goal of the Season. I became a season ticket holder in 1970. I was registered blind in 1986 and thought my West Ham supporting days were over. However in 2010 I learnt about the fantastic support West Ham offer to Blind and other Disabled Supporters. I now use the Insightful Irons in-stadium commentary service and West Ham provide space for my Guide Dog Nyle. I sit on the West Ham Disabled Supporters Board and the LLDC Built Environment Access Panel. David Griffith aka Blind Hammer

5 comments on “Pelle may have dodged a Gomez bullet

  1. not too dejected.In all honesty when i have seen Celta Vigo play Iago Aspas has looked a much more complete striker and has a much better strike rate than gomez.Pity he is 31 now.Looks like they will be chasing Haller at Frankfurt now.A month to get a top striker as we are down to 1 recognised striker now as we all know.

  2. Actually not sure he would have been bad business the lad has what it takes sigh !

  3. I keep saying it we have a real opportunity to progress if we buy a top box to box mid, a top 9 and a top replacement for Arnie. If we do not get these 3 players we have probably missed the boat in terms of top 6 possibly top 10 this season. Lets move away from the 9 position for a minute where is the movement on a replacement for Arnie and a top midfielder ????? I am so disappointed in Husillos and I just cant understand how he wasted so much time on Gomez. If I did what he has done i.e. wasted company time and money I know where I would be. Absolutely incredible imo. We are currently in worse shape by losing Arnie from a footballing perspective, I see or hear nothing on replacing him. Haller is no replacement for Arnie. I hope the owners get their fingers out of their pockets fairly quickly. As for our link to Higuain, it is just laughable, I thought we were playing a fast paced attacking style. Higuan has no pace. Imagine Higuain and Chica up top – how pathethic is that strike force. All this talk of Husillos and what a good director of football, say no more. I am beginning to have serious doubts. I would have more respect for him if he went to south america and bought 3 players for these positions with potential.

  4. Good post, Blind Hammer, thanks.

  5. Sorry johnham, have to disagree. Higuain and Chicha are very unlikely to play at the same time and both would be class backups. b-B midfielders, we have loads of talent there, all we need is a striker to lead the line. Haller would be ideal.

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