Rabona marks end of this Iron’s LS future


Jonathon Calleri will be allowed to leave West Ham at the end of his loan period at the end of the season.

The club has decided the striker has no future after a series of lack lustre displays and will make serious moves to shake up the striker position in a big way this summer.

Slaven Bilic has now seen enough of the 24 year old to be convinced that he doesn’t come close to fulfilling his requirements.

Calleri hit a new low yesterday when fluffing an amazingly good chance by choosing to produce a rabona in front of goal at Stoke leaving Bilic to defend the indefensible.

He claimed that such a shot would almost be more natural to the player – leaving everybody scratching their head at such an explanation.

Pundit Charlie Nicholas was even more gobsmacked declaring on Sky during the game: “He’s only gone and tried a ribena.”

It was nothing like as tasty as that Charlie and the final nail in the Calleri coffin as far as the Irons were concerned.

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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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  • Mark says:

    When your in a survival battle you don’t show boat you just put the ball in the net we need serious investment in all positions in the summer or the 2 David’s are going to have a lot of empty seats in their new stadium forget increasing the seating increase the quality of our team them worry about more seats

  • master says:

    One touch to make space and pick your spot as the defender had committed to the block.

    Slaven’s explanation can only mean he believe he’s even ****ter on his left than his right.

  • sleepswithdafishes says:

    good at least we should see Fletcher starting now if Carroll’s leg has fallen off.

  • spindoc says:

    I’ve not once seen Calleri taken a proper shot – he’s forever side-footing the ball. This time round, he just got his feet all tangled up in a twist. No Ribena or cigar there.

    I can’t see why folks get remotely excited about Fletcher either. He looked half-decent at best, a bit better than poor Calleri perhaps, but that’s not saying a great deal now, is it? If Fletcher is any good, he wouldn’t have left Manu and got washed up in our great club with such a time-honoured tradition of promoting youngsters.

  • PopRobson says:

    Not sure which was worse, the Ribena itself or Slav’s defence of it.

  • winslow says:

    Calleri shouldn’t have been on the pitch or in the starting eleven, it’s been obvious all season he’s not good enough, why can Bilic not see it?

  • FUGMASTER says:

    What is it with Bilic, as he often doesn’t watch the same game as most of us. Remember him praising Zaza too, after a particularly ordinary display against Palace a few months back. That together with his ridiculous persistence (until recently) of playing players out of position, must bring into question his ability to remain as manager? Next season is make or break, in my opinion for him, but I can’t personally see his decision making getting any better. As for now…………………BRING ON FLETCHER

  • mywhufc says:

    I’ve seen fletcher play a couple of times for the U23s as well as his brief sub appearances for the 1st team, for the U23s he looked ordinary at best. not ready for the prem league.
    Calleri seems to be an easy fall guy for many

  • FUGMASTER says:

    Can’t be any worse than Calleri, who’s proved himself a major disappointment after several first team appearances, with Bilic still praising him to the hilt?!? A real shame about Shako though, as his overall game is right up there with the best??

  • kevin says:

    Just wanted to show off instead of helping the team to win . Don’t need players like that who only want to put themselves in the shop window . It’s supposed to be a team effort , not a pundits dream on TV channels to repeat and rave over . Hope it didn’t cost us the two points we needed at the end of the day .

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