Zarate becoming the Irons forgotten man

Zarate actionI came away from the game confused, entirely frustrated and annoyed that a team that was there for the taking had been let off the hook!

Ok, I’m realistic enough to know it’s not always gonna go for us but then I looked at the stats which showed we had 21 shots at goal with  five on target whilst Villa had four on goal from 12.

With the strike force we have available  that is disappointing and I was also a tad concerned at how we allowed Villa to dictate for various periods particularly immediately after the break.

At one stage we really were at panic stations at the back against a team that so far hasn’t exactly shown itself to be the most potent force in the division.

These though are small moans and we continue to play with panache and style which is great and we are gonna win more than we lose.

However, one thing does concern me and his name is Mauro Zarate – a player who looks ideally suited to the style of play we are currently employing.

Before anybody shouts about his availability I can assure you he’s fit but couldn’t even make it onto a bench which was loaded up with the likes of  Carroll, Cole, O’Brien and Nolan.

There have been whispers for a long time that the player is not really Sam’s cup of char but I couldn’t help feeling today that he would have been exactly the right individual to throw on as he has the sort of ability which is required to open up defences such as Villa’s.

Nolan or Zarate? It’s not really and proper question is it? I fear that the Argentinian could soon become the forgotten man of Upton Park as many predicted at the outset of the season.

And if that becomes the case it really will be a very great shame!




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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!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

2 comments on “Zarate becoming the Irons forgotten man

  1. Good comments Hugh.All I can say is that whils’t we have Sam, team selections will continue as they are.

  2. I agree he is player that can change a game it seemed to me though the player that should have been starting never mind coming on from the bench should have been Amalfitano he is the missing link, we never needed three defensive midfielders against a team with the worst average amount of shots per game in the league. As you said they were there for the taking, they did put themselves on the line much the way we have in previous years to get their blocks in and Guzan made a couple of saves so who is to say that they didn’t deserve a point. Overall the score might have been 0 – 0 but we went for it and I am happy that at least the players tried to win even up until the last minute even if I might have disagreed with the subs used, was good to see Carroll back hopefully we can continue to deliver those crosses into the box from left and right rather than lumping it long to him, will be interesting to see the next team sheet, COYI !

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