Since Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano arrived at Upton Park,to the sound of trumpets, disbelief and hyperbole, the Hammers have failed to win a single match. Tevez has hared around the pitch to little effect and while Mascherano is clearly a class act, it’s obvious that the ‘circus’ surrounding this incredible transfer story has hindered West Ham as a club â€“ on the pitch, at least.
Okay, it’s still very early to make a call on the Tevez & Maschy experiment, but I’m sure that there are two words ringing in Alan Pardew’s ears as he wonders where his team’s good form has goneâ€¦ Tino Asprilla.
West Ham: why the Tevez and Mascherano experiment is doomed continuedâ€¦
Asprilla’s arrival â€“ Kevin Keegan’s eyes always were bigger than his
stomach, and his brain for that matter â€“ disrupted a settled Newcastle
team and arguably cost them the league in 1996. West Ham were never
going to challenge for the league this season, but they now look a
dispirited and disjointed team. Bobby Zamora and Marlon Harewood may
not be world beaters, but they were happy and in-form. The opposite now
appears to be true. Tevez has come in and suddenly Zamora has stopped scoring. That’s no conicidence.
Pardew expressed delight that West Ham had managed to capture two young international stars (the rest of us were gobsmacked), but secretly I bet he didn’t want the hassle of trying to integrate two non-English speakers into a united, harmonious squad.
Perhaps I’m judging West Ham too quickly and they’ll find the form that has coincidentally deserted them. I have serious doubts though.
[Ollie, Pies Ed.]