What A Right Mess!

The right back position for West Ham United has become one of those precarious situations that was vaguely envisaged, but no one thought would actually happen, Carl Jenkinson was originally retained on loan from Arsenal following a sucessful initial season at the Boleyn, however he was soon judged to have been found wanting as a right back playing for a Slaven Billic managed team and, prior to his season ending injury, was not being used in the starting line up with centre back James Tomkins being preferred instead. With Joey O'Brien as back up, Tomkins made the right back position his own and Sam Byram was brought in from Leeds United as ,'one for the future' during the January transfer window, everything was looking rosy! Cue the calamities, Jenkinson is ruled out for the season, and goes back to Arsenal even though West Ham will still be paying £50,000 per week for his services, Tomkins picks up a spate of injuries including a nasty gash on his forehead that alone should have seen him having some time off to fully recover, Byram replaces Tomkins and then gets injured at the dreaded 'Chuffwell' training ground, he recovers just in time to be ineligible to face Liverpool in tuesday evening's FA Cup 4th round replay at the Boleyn. Tomkins then has to be substituted early on in the defeat by Southampton with an injury that will keep him out for a fortnight at least….Leaving Joey O'Brien as the only recognised full back available, although the term recognised is relatively paradoxical as most fans haven't seen him for so long until recently that he had become a bit of a 'missing Antonio', although not any where near as expensive. O'Brien himself has spent virtually the entire season injured and was rumoured to be on the way to re-unite with Sam Allardyce at Sunderland during the transfer window, however someone at West Ham had the foresight to veto the move and let Joey leave in the summer, it was deemed, correctly as it now transpires, that O'Brien was worth more to the club as emergency back up than the paltry fee that would have been received and the saving of his wages. On his day Joey O'Brien can pick a pass, go forward and also defend well, but it is a lot to expect of a player who has rarely featured this season to hurl him into such a high profile and important fixture, it is to be hoped that he doesn't (a) break down with another injury or (b) get himself sent off for lunging at what will probably be a very pacey Liverpool line up. - Ed

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andycarrollstyle's picture

I may be being a bit harsh but you seem to rate O'Brien a lot higher than I do Nev, I worry whenever he's on the pitch - he's prone to some very rash challenges and very limited in his ability

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All I'm expecting from joey is a solid game if he does that itl be fine by me. Keep his end up and let the others that have been below par recently do their job properly

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It wasnt long ago,that we had to buy Roger johnson on loan to plug a gap!!

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boogerscaravan's picture

I'm bunging a tenner on Joey to score the 1st goal.........

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andycarrollstyle's picture

You nearly won a bundle mate!

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cast iron's picture

Joe is a West ham player- We are supposed to be West Ham Supporters and tonight is probably one of the most important nights this season get behind Joey O'Brian and every west ham player don't slag him off before he's kicked a ball u cant expect miracles and we all know he's not going to be the quickest but if he plays for the shirt and gives 100% you negative thinking fans should expect no more. All u need is Slav - Slav SLAV - Slav is all ya need SLAV is all ya need WE LUV U YEH YEH we Luv you Yeh WE LOVE U YEH YEH -Slav IS all Need SLAV IS ALL YA NEED slav is all you need.I THINK thats A Scouse song but it Sounds Good To me. Cant go tonight, couldnt get a ticket if anybody is going- sing your heart out and be the 12th man tonight

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Nice positive post cast, let's get back to that attitude and all the hammers fans drive the team on to a bit more history

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nevillenixon's picture

That's more like it! one day the mighty hammers might exactly be truly mighty, but until that day the fans need to recognise one of their own. Joey O' Brien has never given less than his all for the club, despite having to recover from horrendous injuries earlier in his career, a level of commitment some younger players might want to take on board

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Thats the spirit my man!!

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Burkie 1's picture

i think hes sound enough ,gives 100 %

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Burkie 1

asheshammer's picture

But Joey acquitted himself well, and Antonio worked hard. Will we have to turn to youth for a few games?

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