Mini judas questions our club
Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe has questioned West Ham United’s decision to put Carlton Cole up for sale. The striker believes David Sullivan’s recent comment that whole of the Hammers playing staff was available for transfer, aside from Scott Parker, could come back to haunt his old club.
The prolific Tottenham Hotspur forward suggests Fabio Capello does not pick bad players and therefore queries why West Ham United, a club that narrowly avoided relegation this season, would place one of their star players on the transfer list. Defoe believes Cole and many of his Upton Park colleagues could become disillusioned with Sullivan’s stance, even if the club then decide to keep them. Defoe suggests Sullivan’s latest comments could result in a number of West Ham United’s players losing motivation.
The White Hart Lane star, who has scored 18 Premier League goals for Tottenham Hotspur this season, wonders what may happen if Carlton Cole is selected for the World Cup and subsequently showcases his undoubted ability. The forward intimates West Ham United’s policy of placing the majority of their squad up for sale will then come back to haunt his old team.
The Tottenham Hotspur star told mirrorfootball.co.uk: “The World Cup could see West Ham regret including Carlton Cole among the players they are willing to sell this summer.”
“I know Carlton having played with him for England and I can tell you first hand that he is an excellent striker.”
“His goals have been vital for the Hammers this season.”
“He has got a great first touch and he offers so much in terms of the way that he holds up the ball up brings other people into the game.”
“Why else would Fabio Capello bring him into the squad this season and keep calling him up? To be in the England manager’s thoughts you have to be at the top of your game. You have to be something special.”
“So I am surprised. Carlton clearly has something to offer and only injuries this season have prevented him from scoring more goals.”
“West Ham have effectively put him in the shop window.”
“But what will they do if he goes to South Africa and scores at hatful of goals?”
“They might decide to keep him and by then it might be too late.”
“Worse still, they could end up replacing Carlton with the kind of player that does not have the same affinity for the Hammers that he has.”
“West Ham are a family club with fantastic fans who pay good money and appreciate it when you work hard.”
“That’s why they have taken the young players such as Jack Collison, James Tomkins and Mark Noble to their hearts.”
“They love the club, they understand the culture and the supporters. They have come through the ranks and they will be gutted to leave if that ends up being the case.”
“And yet this season has been difficult for them. I know first hand from playing in a relegation season that sometimes you can’t express yourself as you would like.”
“They have been playing under a lot of pressure all season. But that does not make them bad players.”
“Telling the world they are all for sale? Well, its like any job. If you find out you are not wanted then your motivation dips.”
“Are you really going to run that extra mile? Are you really going to stay behind in training to improve yourself for the games ahead if you know that in the summer you will be gone anyway? Because I have seen that happen with players.”
“Thankfully for Coley, he won’t go down that route because he is a strong character and he has the World Cup as his motivation. He will come back from this an even stronger person”