Ray Stewart: “Robertson has something”

Ray SWest Ham have may have failed to clinch Dundee United left-back Andrew Robertson’s signature but one of the Boleyn greats reckons they should go all the way in trying to do so.

 Back in 1979, the Hammers clinched a £440,000 deal for a certain Ray Stewart.

At the time it was a record fee paid by an English club to a Scottish club for a teenager – one that stood until James McCarthy went from Hamilton to Wigan five years ago for just under £1.2m.

Stewart  had 12 great years at West Ham and is still a favourite at The Boleyn Ground,where he is a regular visitor.

He also watches Dundee United from time to time and has given Robertson his personal seal of approval.

He said: “The first time I saw him I said to myself ‘That laddie’s got something’” said Raymond.

“He missed only one tackle and I was impressed with his overall play.He had a great season with United last season and is a superb prospect.

“Apparently he’s 20. I was 19 when I departed Tannadice for West Ham. A move to London, if it comes, will be a big step for Andrew.

“Coming from Queen’s Park to United was a big step but a move down to the Hammers is a big one as well.

“It’s Premiership football and massive crowds and facing up to international players on a weekly basis.

“Hammers boss Sam Allardyce knows a good player when he sees one and it’s possible West Ham could come back in for Robertson.

“If he does end up with the Hammers, Andrew will find Sam to be a very good man manager.

“He’ll also find West Ham to be a great club. They were when I was there and they still are. It’s interesting to see that, all those years since I moved down there, West Ham have come to Dundee United for another left-back.

“Wherever he goes, I wish Andrew luck. Like I say ‘That laddie’s got something.’”


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5 comments on “Ray Stewart: “Robertson has something”

  1. We do not need another left back!
    We have Cresswell, Potts and O’Brien, so we are well covered. We’re desperate for a goalscorer to support Carroll as I’m pretty sure that Zarate will be wing bound. We also need midfield creativity. Those should be our two priorities.
    The other important matter should be moving the dead-weight on:- Diarra, Maiga, and Vaz Te are simply inflating the wage bill for nothing. Get rid, even if we take a negative hit in the fee balance.
    The signings to date have been encouraging and good business. Poyet would be a great addition IF BFS will play him.

    • Potts on way to Colchester. Let’s wait til the window closes before making judgements which may or may not be premature

    • Hi markro,
      It’s a strange one to be still looking for another left back when we have as much cover on the right but we are not looking for cover there!
      You are spot on as well I that our priorities should be adding to our firepower.we are crying out for more creativity in midfield and a goal scoring forward!
      Also,it is vital that we continue to get rid of the dead wood. Even if we have to take a hit and pay up some contracts! COYI!

  2. We don’t need support for Carroll, we need competition for him. Carroll has done nothing which makes him an automatic starter – although Sam won’t see it that way.

    • I couldn’t agree more! I’m very encouraged by the club trying to foster competition by attracting quality cover in all positions!
      It is both healthy and sensible for our first team to have somebody looking over their shoulder for places!
      Andy Carroll should be no exception! It would do him good to be out of his comfort zone for a change, it might even make him buck up in front of goal! COYI!

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