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Wednesday, 09 January 2013

West Ham United: Why signing Chamakh is a smart move by Sam

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Big Sam has certainly split opinions since arriving at West Ham United and once again the former Blackburn boss has dipped into the transfer market, snapping up out-of-favour striker Marouane Chamakh from Arsenal on loan.

The Moroccan international hasn’t featured heavily for the Gunners in the past 12 months and having failed to impress in the long term after a terrific honeymoon period at the club, Arsenal management and fans alike have agreed it’s time to part ways.

A high majority of the West Ham faithful reacted in the manner expected – with utter contempt. Arsenal fan and know-it-all Piers Morgan tweeted his apologies to the Hammers, and even David Sullivan’s own son Jack said sorry for the signing on the social media site in a move that’ll see him barred from the family yacht for the next two months.

ChamakhIt’s hard to argue that the former Bordeaux striker isn’t a “Sam Allardyce signing”. He brings to The Boleyn Ground all the attributes that have been associated with Allardyce for the past 20 years. Chamakh is undeniably dangerous in the air, thanks to his imposing strength and six foot stature. And while Chamakh isn’t as tall as Carlton Cole or Andy Carroll, he can (and bear with me on this one) actually play football!

While on the continent, and even in moments at Arsenal, Chamakh showed how adept with the ball at his feet he really is. The striker is comfortable in possession of the ball and brings his team-mates into the game.

The only downside of Chamakh’s game is a fairly substantial one: his goal tally. Wherever the Moroccan has been, he has never been the most reliable of strikers to increase the goal difference. His best spell at Bordeaux was what convinced Arsene Wenger to bring the forward to England, and his time in the Premier League hasn’t been the most clinical finishing.

Yet to score goals, Chamakh must be playing games, and the right service could see the striker once again become a regular on the score sheet. The opportunity to play regular matches at West Ham is a chance for Chamakh to once again make himself a feared force in the Premier League.

Chamakh must show he is hungry to play and is worth his place on the pitch. The desire to prove himself to Sam Allardyce, Arsene Wenger and the English fans could, I believe, be to the advantage of the West Ham strike force.

Calling all West Ham fans: Do you think Chamakh can be a smash in the East End or do you think Big Sam has signed a turkey? Whatever your views, we'd love to hear from you.


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