Writer: J P Fear
Date:Friday July 20 2007
So what do you think of Villa buying Nigel Reo-coker and Marlon Harewood?
I'm not sad to see them go. Both departures were widely expected.
Which, if any are you most sorry to see leave?
NRC is the better player - and younger. He's unpopular with the fans though, so neither.
Seems we like Hammers players, any others on offer?!
What's that I see in the West Midlands? Why, it's a Lee Bowyer shaped-hole!
Villa fans were fairly disappointed at the purchase of Marlon Harewood, any words in his defence or - as we are meant to be aiming high now - was it a bad buy?
It seems odd given the money invested at VP, but.. Harewood's had 2 seasons in the Premiership - one good, one poor. If he learns from last season (and he was hardly alone in underperforming) then who knows? MON is a good motivator after all. I suspect he'll have a decent spell at some point this season but probably won't win the Golden boot. He's a confidence player - see hat trick from 2 seasons ago (v Scunthorpe or Burnley or some other claret and blue rubbish that isn't West Ham!) and then see penalty miss v Watford last season (at home, 1-0 down, we were in the relegation zone at the time, Watford were pretty much already down.) Overall, I'd be disappointed in your shoes.
Hammers fans don't seem to like either NRC or Harewood. Why is that, the one was the captain so must have done something right and the other seems to have a relatively decent scoring record?
NRC was always popular before this season. In August 06 it seems we turned down a bid from one of the big 4 for him without telling him. He was playing badly after that (as were many of them) but Reo-Coker bore the brunt of the fan's frustrations. I don't know how fair this was. I would suggest that perhaps being captain didn't suit such a young man when he clearly had problems with his own form and, perhaps, motivation. The team improved noticeably the day Lucas Neill was given the armband. Despite what many fans say, NRC is a good player in my view.
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