West Ham’s horrible winter striker loans


What with Antonio’s injury and the Jarrod Bowen , the focus is now on our depleted forward line. What do we do? Do we trust Danny Ings or do we finally let loose Divin Mubuma? There There are alternatives though, the “loan.” And with little cash available and a careful eye being kept on FFP that’s where the club will almost certainly be heading this winter. A note of caution , however, because West Ham’s horrible winter striker loans are hard to forget. January has proved a terrible time to get involved with them.

Let’s have a look back at some of those we have completed in the past.

Marouane Chamakh (Loan from Arsenal, January 2013):

With just one league start to his name, Chamakh featured in a game where West Ham failed to win at home against a QPR team that secured only 25 points that season. His subsequent move to Crystal Palace saw him scoring the lone goal in a win over West Ham.


Mido (loan from Middlesboro 2010)

In a roster where several players never even graced a matchday squad, Mido’s contribution, marked by zero goals and a missed penalty, undoubtedly left a negative impact. His infamous weekly wage of £1,000 at West Ham seemed steep, considering his lacklustre performance.

Wellington Paulista (Loan from Cruzeiro, January 2013):

A Brazilian forward who garnered praise in his homeland but failed to make a single appearance for West Ham.

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Jaanai Gordon (Loan from Peterborough United, January 2014):

His closest brush with a first-team game was a spot on the bench during a 5-0 FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest. Interpret that as you will.

Brian Montenegro (Loan from Deportivo Maldonado, August 2011):

One of two strikers loaned from Deportivo Maldonado, a Uruguayan second-tier team with notable players on their roster who never played for the first team. Montenegro’s claim to fame was a mere 12 minutes in a cup game

Mladen Petric (Unattached, September 2013):

Signings outside the transfer window often come with the caveat of being unwanted elsewhere, and Petric was no exception. His three sub appearances in the league ended in defeat, and he didn’t last beyond January.

Simone Zaza (Loan from Juventus, August 2016):

While Zaza showcased his football prowess elsewhere, his time at West Ham was marked by a botched two-on-two and numerous failed bicycle kicks.

 Jonathan Calleri (Loan from Deportivo Maldonado, August 2016):

Calleri’s memorable moment included a failed rabona against Shay Given, leading to his return to Deportivo Maldonado at the end of the season.

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Marco Borriello (Loan from Roma, January 2014):

Despite scoring 12 Serie A goals before joining West Ham, Borriello’s stint with the club amounted to two games, no goals, and one shot—a statistical boost for his 100% win ratio.

Robbie Keane (Loan from Tottenham Hotspur, January 2011):

Entering one of West Ham’s worst-ever squads, Keane barely made a contribution through no fault of his own.

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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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  • master says:

    Tomas Soucek…

  • master says:

    Not in a Moyes system. Fellaini mark 2.

  • Buster says:

    Agreed. I have a lot of time for Tomas. Czech Republic captain….. 66 caps and a regular goalscorer. As he still is for the Irons. 5 goals already this season, with two-thirds of it left.

  • hammerpete6 says:

    Tomas is a worthwhile member of the team shown once freed of Moyes’ swap of his role with Decs. The facts are Moyes must now use Cornet, whom he signed then ignored, in conjunction with Mubama and/or Marshall. That he has not used these youngsters at all, for minutes of experience at first, shows him to be a flawed manager at top level. That both Pep and Southgate can promote a young striker based on judgement is the juxtapose. Marshall is an international. Wake up Moyes!

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