Cristian Montano is one of the hottest prospects to emerge at the Boleyn Ground in recent times. The 19-year-old striker is ticking all the boxes and looks like he really could be something for the future.
On the surface, a really daft question. After all, the England side is not exactly brimming over with natural goal scorers is it?
I never thought it would come to this, but I find myself saying that we really really do need to cut Big Sam some slack and get off the backs of our team.
Well that depends on whether weíre talking about home or away. If itís away you talk about, our support is consistently top drawer both in volume and number Ėall the players and manager will tell you that.
Iíd be lying if I said that I enjoy watching us pump long balls up to a lone striker all game long, even if it is Carew who can hold the ball up well. I donít. But a long time ago, I came to terms with long ball. If it gets us promoted and out of the Hell-hole that is the Championship, then I can easily live with it.
As a West Ham United fan of may years now, winning has been an added bonus to watching a team play good flowing football for the most of the time. I was brought up believing we were a club whose ethos and values other clubs envied.
Generally speaking, when a player takes on his own supporters he is on a hiding to nothing. And that's certainly the case with managers. After all, to a certain extent the supporters pay the playersí wages. But a situation at Wolves recently proves to be the exception to the rule and hit on what has become a real issue in the game.
Football operates in many ways that would never be tolerated or even contemplated in any other business. In what other industry, for example, does an employee get paid an absurd figure of £100,000 a week or more whether he worked that particular week or not?
The East End has always been a bit of an interesting place for me. I keep on thinking that the streets of Plaistow, Barking, and Dagenham are a kind of Ashes to Ashes film set, where people drive around in 1983 Audi Quatros, and 1975 Ford Granadas, fighting the forces of crime on street corners.