Now there’s a headline I would most certainly never write on my political blog!
I have so far kept my counsel on the subject of Ben Thatcher. I suppose I couldn’t quite believe that Alan Curbishley was serious about taking him on. But since he played yesterday it’s quite clear that he intends to offer him a contract. So I’m going to have my twopennyworth.
His personal history is just that. History. The fact that he’s an unpleasant thug should not automatically bar him from playing for West Ham. After all, we have had a few of them in the past…
What should disbar him from being even considered is the fact that he is well past his best. He was discarded by Spurs, couldn’t keep his place at Man City and is now being hunted by the likes of Ipswich. And yet Alan Curbishley thinks he is good enough for West Ham. He is wrong.
West Ham are not Charlton. We should be building for the future. Yes, we need a left back to cover George McCartney, but is Ben Thatcher really the best we can do?
He’s not good enough. Simple as that. If we need a left back let’s look at a young player from the Championship. Joe Mattock of Leicester has been mentioned. Surely he’s got to be a better bet.