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Nigel Reo-Coker (Midfieder)

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Nigel Reo-Coker

Southwark
Squad Number: 20
Position: Midfieder
Born: 14th May 1984 (Southwark)
Signed: 21st Jan 2004 (£500,000)
Contract: Details unknown
Previous Club: Wimbledon

The first of a triumvirate of Wimbledon players to move to East London within the space of a fortnight in January 2004 - and the only one still remaining at the club.

Reo-Coker had been strongly tipped to join Portsmouth the previous summer but fortunately for the Hammers, Pompey felt that the asking price at the time was too much. Alan Pardew stepped in and signed a player dubbed 'the new Paul Ince' for what now seems a paltry £500,000.

 

Nigel Reo-Coker is yet play any matches this season.

Nigel Reo-Coker did not play for West Ham during this season.

Nigel Reo-Coker did not play for West Ham during this season.

Nigel Reo-Coker did not play for West Ham during this season.

Nigel Reo-Coker did not play for West Ham during this season.

Nigel Reo-Coker did not play for West Ham during this season.

Nigel Reo-Coker did not play for West Ham during this season.

Nigel Reo-Coker did not play for West Ham during this season.

Nigel Reo-Coker did not play for West Ham during this season.

Nigel Reo-Coker did not play for West Ham during this season.

Nigel Reo-Coker did not play for West Ham during this season.

Nigel Reo-Coker did not play for West Ham during this season.

Nigel Reo-Coker did not play for West Ham during this season.

Manchester United

1-0: Sunday, 13th May

Could have been overrun in the middle but he wasn’t overawed and stuck to his task well.

Manchester United

1-0: Sunday, 13th May

Could have been overrun in the middle but he wasn’t overawed and stuck to his task well.

Bolton Wanderers

3-1: Saturday, 5th May

Another much-improved performance. Got stuck in well and his distribution is beginning to get better as well.

Bolton Wanderers

3-1: Saturday, 5th May

Another much-improved performance. Got stuck in well and his distribution is beginning to get better as well.

Wigan Athletic

3-0: Saturday, 28th April

One of the biggest influences on such a poor campaign was one of the biggest influences on today, as he physically dominated Wigan's midfield. It would take a cynical man to say he is playing for a move. I'm a cynical man.

Wigan Athletic

3-0: Saturday, 28th April

One of the biggest influences on such a poor campaign was one of the biggest influences on today, as he physically dominated Wigan's midfield. It would take a cynical man to say he is playing for a move. I'm a cynical man.

Everton

1-0: Saturday, 21st April

Improved form – still needs to learn when to release the ball and when to hold on but he showed a degree of commitment that appeared to be missing earlier in the season.

Everton

1-0: Saturday, 21st April

Improved form – still needs to learn when to release the ball and when to hold on but he showed a degree of commitment that appeared to be missing earlier in the season.

Arsenal

1-0: Saturday, 7th April

Like Noble, did a lot of work in the engine room to frustrate the opposition whilst making a number of good forward runs.

Arsenal

1-0: Saturday, 7th April

Like Noble, did a lot of work in the engine room to frustrate the opposition whilst making a number of good forward runs.

Middlesbrough

2-0: Saturday, 31st March

Tried to burst forward, but was outmuscled by Boateng when he did. This was better than previous months though.

Middlesbrough

2-0: Saturday, 31st March

A good effort from the (reinstated) captain. Along with Noble he snuffed out the (considerable) 'Boro threat of Boateng. Went off towards the end to some much-deserved applause.

Blackburn Rovers

2-1: Saturday, 17th March

There was less verbal and a lot more commitment from NRC today, who played a vital part in the equalising goal. Maybe it was the threat of losing the captaincy? Whatever, it worked.

Blackburn Rovers

2-1: Saturday, 17th March

There was less verbal and a lot more commitment from NRC today, who played a vital part in the equalising goal. Maybe it was the threat of losing the captaincy? Whatever, it worked.

Watford

0-1: Saturday, 10th February

He tried, which I’ll happily admit. Won the penalty too, which again I cannot deny. His lack of influence on the game still worries me.

Watford

0-1: Saturday, 10th February

Tried to instil a bit of fight about the place but wasn’t really all that convincing.

Watford

0-1: Saturday, 10th February

Tried to instil a bit of fight about the place but wasn’t really all that convincing.

Aston Villa

0-1: Saturday, 3rd February

Comments to follow.

Liverpool

1-2: Tuesday, 30th January

A couple of runs, which produced nothing. Flashes of desire, but they seemed to come and go.

Liverpool

1-2: Tuesday, 30th January

Worked tirelessly and made several good runs - whilst it was nice to see him have a pop from distance on a couple of occasions.

Watford

0-1: Saturday, 27th January

Felt a little sorry for him as he made a number of decent runs only to be ignored by team-mates. However, when he was given the ball he failed to make much of an impression.

Watford

0-1: Saturday, 27th January

Felt a little sorry for him as he made a number of decent runs only to be ignored by team-mates. However, when he was given the ball he failed to make much of an impression.

Newcastle United

2-2: Saturday, 20th January

What we’ve needed from Nigel this season. He was clearly motivated for the game and it showed. More of the same, please.

Newcastle United

2-2: Saturday, 20th January

Best effort this season. An inspirational performance.

Fulham

3-3: Saturday, 13th January

Yes, he battled, but he still does not look like a captain.

Fulham

3-3: Saturday, 13th January

Now I know we all hate him, and so do I, but his attitude was spot on today and I thought he battled hard. Personally I think he lacks ability and did today, but credit where credit's due, he did the simple things. I still don't want to see him in the side though.

Fulham

3-3: Saturday, 13th January

Now I know we all hate him, and so do I, but his attitude was spot on today and I thought he battled hard. Personally I think he lacks ability and did today, but credit where credit's due, he did the simple things. I still don't want to see him in the side though.

Portsmouth

1-2: Tuesday, 26th December

What exactly is he meant to be? I genuinely don't know, other than he's not as good as he thinks he is. Far from it.

Fulham

0-0: Saturday, 23rd December

Appears to be improving with his option selection – he passed a lot more when you wanted him to and often held on to the ball at the right time too.

Manchester United

1-0: Sunday, 17th December

Did everything you want to see him do and deserved the goal. The celebration, understandable as it was, was a bit childish though.

Everton

0-2: Sunday, 3rd December

Not a captains performance.

Everton

0-2: Sunday, 3rd December

He played?

Sheffield United

1-0: Saturday, 25th November

Got into promising positions on a number of occasions only to muff the shot.

Sheffield United

1-0: Saturday, 25th November

Got into promising positions on a number of occasions only to muff the shot.

Chelsea

0-1: Saturday, 18th November

Should have been the creative force, but the Captain rarely troubled the Chelsea defence.

Chelsea

0-1: Saturday, 18th November

Battled hard but was somewhat distracted by the somewhat cynical wind-up efforts of Drogba, though thankfully he stopped short of landing the right-hander that the Duane Dibley look-alike richly deserved.

Chelsea

0-1: Saturday, 18th November

Ran into a number of blind alleys when in possession and provided little in the final third of the field.

Chelsea

0-1: Saturday, 18th November

Outstrengthed and outthought by Essien.

Arsenal

1-0: Monday, 6th November

The more cynical of supporters will claim that Reo-Coker put on a show for the man tipped to be his new boss. Whatever the reason, this was Reo-Coker back to his committed, ferocious self.

Arsenal

1-0: Monday, 6th November

Given the job of keeping Fabregas quiet he did the job well for the most part though a couple of times he seemed to be caught daydreaming.

Blackburn Rovers

2-1: Sunday, 29th October

Better ... but still offered relatively little as an attacking force.

Chesterfield

1-2: Tuesday, 24th October

Never in the game. Anything but a captain's performance when most needed.

Chesterfield

1-2: Tuesday, 24th October

Awful, awful, awful. Why Pardew continues to persist with him at the moment is a mystery. If we need to play someone out of position on the right flank John Paintsil would surely be the better option at present.

Tottenham Hotspur

0-1: Sunday, 22nd October

Looked good on the right first half, all told. Moving to the left after the break stifled him.

Tottenham Hotspur

0-1: Sunday, 22nd October

One run ended up by a hack and that was it. Failed to get the pace of the game and was caught in possession time and time again. Traditionally League Cup matches are used to give players a break and give squad players a run out. This could be the opportunity to try something different in the middle because he’s giving us nothing at the moment.

Portsmouth

0-2: Sunday, 15th October

Some signs of improvement on recent form – though that’s hardly the biggest of boasts. Another who was unfortunate to find James in competent mood.

Portsmouth

0-2: Sunday, 15th October

Early signs of desire faded in the second half.

Reading

0-1: Sunday, 1st October

Hardly a captain’s display. A rest is needed – be it these forthcoming two weeks or the Portsmouth game – to get him back on track.

Reading

0-1: Sunday, 1st October

Desepite numerous calls for the captain to be dropped ahead of today's game Pardew once again kept faith in him. His performance was better than in recent weeks but he continues to fail to offer anything in the attacking third of the pitch - which he needs to, as the more attacking of the two central midfielders.

Manchester City

0-2: Saturday, 23rd September

Awful.

Manchester City

0-2: Saturday, 23rd September

If you want to go to Arsenal, be my guest. It is frustrating because we watched him destroy Barton here in March. Today he was dominated and a waste of time.

Manchester City

0-2: Saturday, 23rd September

If you want to go to Arsenal, be my guest. It is frustrating because we watched him destroy Barton here in March. Today he was dominated and a waste of time.

Newcastle United

0-2: Sunday, 17th September

Struggled to make any contribution. Might be the next to have a spell of bench-warming as AP tries to work out his best line-up.

Newcastle United

0-2: Sunday, 17th September

Football is cruel. At the start of the season, Reo-Coker was outshone by Hayden Mullins in the centre of midfield. Because of the system, the captain plays on, but Mullins has to make do with the bench and cameos at the unfavoured Right Back position.

Newcastle United

0-2: Sunday, 17th September

Another desperately disappointing performace from a player who is capable of so much more. Were he not Pardew's captain he could well have spent more time on the bench of late.

Newcastle United

0-2: Sunday, 17th September

As with every other game this season, he had a disgraceful game. Totally invisible defensively and in attack. This is our captain. What a joke at the moment. Please drop him or at least substitute him.

Palermo

0-1: Thursday, 14th September

Something is not right with the skipper at the moment.

Palermo

0-1: Thursday, 14th September

A lot of hard running but the final ball or shot still needs working on.

Palermo

0-1: Thursday, 14th September

A lot of hard running but the final ball or shot still needs working on.

Aston Villa

1-1: Sunday, 10th September

Quiet, very unassuming performance.

Aston Villa

1-1: Sunday, 10th September

All too often he failed to spot the early, and usually easier option, dwelling on the ball too much before running into a blind alley or losing the ball cheaply.

Liverpool

1-2: Saturday, 26th August

Secure performance, solid if not unspectacular. Passing left a little to be desired sometimes.

Liverpool

1-2: Saturday, 26th August

Some good box to box stuff but all too often he was let down by his distribution.

Watford

1-1: Tuesday, 22nd August

Still not quite back from holiday. Struggled to make any sort of impact.

Watford

1-1: Tuesday, 22nd August

Like Danny Gabbidon, his lack of a pre-season has affected his early Premiership performances. With Matthew Etherington nearing fitness once again, it will be interesting to see how the captain fares, as he has been the weakest midfield link in the Hammers opening two fixtures.

Watford

1-1: Tuesday, 22nd August

Like Danny Gabbidon, his lack of a pre-season has affected his early Premiership performances. With Matthew Etherington nearing fitness once again, it will be interesting to see how the captain fares, as he has been the weakest midfield link in the Hammers opening two fixtures.

Charlton Athletic

3-1: Saturday, 19th August

Nothing awful, just showed little going forwarded despite playing against ten men.

Charlton Athletic

3-1: Saturday, 19th August

A quiet afternoon for the skipper. Not a bad game but not as influential as he can normally be.

Charlton Athletic

3-1: Saturday, 19th August

Buzzed about and looked a little more settled that last weekend.

Olympiakos

1-1: Saturday, 12th August

His first game of pre-season and the rustiness showed. Will improve as he gets games under his belt.

Liverpool

3-3: Saturday, 13th May

No further comments.

Liverpool

3-3: Saturday, 13th May

A fantastic first half for the youngest ever captain in an FA Cup final, although he will be disappointed to have lost Gerrard twice for the two second-half goals.

Tottenham Hotspur

2-1: Sunday, 7th May

More defensively-minded than usual – a function of having Fletch alongside him. Good solid performance though.

Liverpool

1-2: Wednesday, 26th April

Excellent. Deserved the goal; a fantastic performance.

Middlesbrough

1-0: Sunday, 23rd April

Battled gamely throughout. Came close to scoring.

Middlesbrough

1-0: Sunday, 23rd April

Battled gamely throughout. Came close to scoring.

Manchester City

1-0: Saturday, 15th April

Not quite at the races today. Seemed to be a yard off the pace.

Manchester City

1-0: Saturday, 15th April

Solid game, made some good runs as well.

Manchester City

1-0: Saturday, 15th April

Solid game, made some good runs as well.

Chelsea

1-4: Sunday, 9th April

Not at the races today – gave the ball away far too much.

Chelsea

1-4: Sunday, 9th April

One of those days when nothing paid off although the Hammers captain still gave the usual 100%.

Charlton Athletic

0-0: Sunday, 2nd April

Guilty of wasting the ball a bit too often for my liking, something that undid the good work he often did.

Manchester United

0-1: Wednesday, 29th March

Comments to follow.

Wigan Athletic

2-1: Saturday, 25th March

Comments to follow.

Manchester City

2-1: Monday, 20th March

Had a major hand in the seond goal but his most important contribution was silencing City's biggest threat, midfielder Joey Barton. Tough to call a MOTM in a game like this but NRC just edges it.

Portsmouth

2-4: Saturday, 18th March

Comments to follow.

Bolton Wanderers

2-1: Wednesday, 15th March

Shook his head when he came off. He knows it was a bad game for him. Plenty of excuses and rest assured, he will be back.

Bolton Wanderers

2-1: Wednesday, 15th March

Battled hard against a strong Bolton midfield; his booking only arose as a result of a previous challenge which Rob Styles had let go as Bolton had retained possession (which eventually led to their goal).

Everton

2-2: Saturday, 4th March

Not the greatest of days for the skipper. On the odd occasion he did bring the ball out well his final ball was invariably awful.

Everton

2-2: Saturday, 4th March

Ghost in the second half

Bolton Wanderers

0-0: Saturday, 18th February

Not the usual threat when bombing forward although some allowances should be given for the standard of the opposition.

Birmingham City

3-0: Monday, 13th February

Another captain’s performance in the middle. People are talking about his England prospects – prematurely so in my opinion - but time is on his side and his consistency will do him no harm at all.

Birmingham City

3-0: Monday, 13th February

Once again the England hopeful gave 100% and added another impressive effort to his blossoming portfolio. Despite the occasional errant pass he was a constant thorn in the side of Birmingham's midfield.

Sunderland

2-0: Saturday, 4th February

At the heart of most of what was created. Continually pushing forward in an attempt to stir things up.

Sunderland

2-0: Saturday, 4th February

At the heart of most of what was created. Continually pushing forward in an attempt to stir things up.

Arsenal

3-2: Wednesday, 1st February

At the start of the season AP suggested, partly tongue in cheek, that NRC would take the Premiership by storm if he were to play half as well as he himself thought he could. His self-belief was not misplaced tonight.

Blackburn Rovers

4-2: Saturday, 28th January

Took a while after the early shock to get into things but improved no end as the game wore on.

Blackburn Rovers

4-2: Saturday, 28th January

Took a while after the early shock to get into things but improved no end as the game wore on.

Fulham

2-1: Monday, 23rd January

Good in spells, especially during the first half but looked edgy in the second spell.

Aston Villa

2-1: Saturday, 14th January

Didn’t have the greatest of first halves but was excellent in the second period.

Aston Villa

2-1: Saturday, 14th January

Comments to follow.

Norwich City

2-1: Saturday, 7th January

Comments to follow.

Chelsea

1-3: Monday, 2nd January

Comments to follow.

Charlton Athletic

0-2: Saturday, 31st December

Comments to follow.

Wigan Athletic

0-2: Saturday, 31st December

Comments to follow.

Portsmouth

1-1: Monday, 26th December

With the same size and build of Newton they must have despaired at these two running the second half yesterday.

West Bromwich Albion

1-0: Saturday, 5th November

Was having a decent match until injury curtailed his afternoon. The way the match developed after he went spoke volumes for his influence.

West Bromwich Albion

1-0: Saturday, 5th November

Was having a decent match until injury curtailed his afternoon. The way the match developed after he went spoke volumes for his influence.

Liverpool

0-2: Monday, 31st October

Got stuck in for little reward. A fair game.

Liverpool

0-2: Monday, 31st October

Got stuck in for little reward. A fair game.

Middlesbrough

2-1: Sunday, 23rd October

Another fine match and maybe another that Sven might have had an eye on. Somewhat frustrated by some of ref Bennett’s eccentricities, he might need to keep an eye on the visible expressions of dissent.

Middlesbrough

2-1: Sunday, 23rd October

Typical captain's performance.

Manchester City

1-2: Sunday, 16th October

Ran a lot but seemed bushed and failed to dominate the midfield in the way we know he can.

Manchester City

1-2: Sunday, 16th October

Busted a gut but for little reward. Not his most notable performance in a game in which he would have wanted to impress, taking into consideration the presence of the England manager.

Sunderland

1-1: Saturday, 1st October

Had a frustrating 90 minutes and struggled to cope with the opposition midfield.

Sunderland

1-1: Saturday, 1st October

Provided evidence of how influential he is to the team. So much of what is good in our play comes through Nigel but he was below average here and we suffered. Lost his rag in the final minutes having taken several kicks to the legs from Caldwell and received a booking.

Sunderland

1-1: Saturday, 1st October

Huffed and puffed as usual and put in the graft but to little effect. Despite being given some heavy-handed treatment by his opponents - who had obviously earmarked him as one to stop - he remained fairly calm until the final minute when he earned himself a yellow card for reacting to being kicked - repeatedly - in the calf.

Arsenal

0-0: Saturday, 24th September

Like his midfield partner Hayden Mullins he worked extremely hard but unlike in recent weeks, was lacking the killer touch. However his partnership with Mullins made Arsenal look very ordinary indeed.

Arsenal

0-0: Saturday, 24th September

Another performance displaying limitless energy levels. Quick and hard in the tackle, what I like so much about Nigel is his ability having won or received the ball is his eagerness is move the ball on quickly forward and join the attack, often with surging runs. Would certainly have no qualms if he were given the captaincy over Sheringham.

Arsenal

0-0: Saturday, 24th September

Circumstances dictated a more defensive role for NRC for much of the day today. He stuck to his task and was able to instigate the occasional foray forward.

Arsenal

0-0: Saturday, 24th September

Like his midfield partner Hayden Mullins he worked extremely hard but unlike in recent weeks, was lacking the killer touch. However his partnership with Mullins made Arsenal look very ordinary indeed.

Fulham

2-1: Saturday, 17th September

Another tireless performance from NRC who was given the armband in Sheringham’s absence. A tad lucky to survive the latest in a long series of Graham Poll mental aberrations maybe but justice was done in the end. MOTM.

Fulham

2-1: Saturday, 17th September

Strong an an ox, twice as committed and never afraid to put his foot in where it hurts. Despite being knocked all over the place in the first half by some feisty Fulham challenges he refused to give any quarter, and was supreme throughout. The only black mark against his name being the missed open goal in the first-half.

Aston Villa

4-0: Monday, 12th September

Pre-season AP said he would be interested to see if NRC could adapt to the top flight as well as he himself said he would. He’s certainly giving it a go. Decision-making a bit suspect when trying to emulate his Blackburn goal late on when others – notably Zamora – were better placed.

Bolton Wanderers

1-2: Saturday, 27th August

Some good spells but not as dominant as he has been in recent weeks.

Bolton Wanderers

1-2: Saturday, 27th August

Some good spells but not as dominant as he has been in recent weeks.

Newcastle United

0-0: Saturday, 20th August

Another fine effort. AP said that the youngster thinks he’ll take the premiership by storm. Early days but he’s certainly on course.

Newcastle United

0-0: Saturday, 20th August

Having an incorrectly spelt name on the back of his shirt didn't seem to hinder Reo-Coker in any way; this was a classy performance that has already moved some pundits to spark mention of England call-ups.

Blackburn Rovers

3-1: Saturday, 13th August

A superb second half capped with a fine goal. AP reckons he really rates himself to do well at this level. Performances like this will have us agreeing. My MOTM.

Blackburn Rovers

3-1: Saturday, 13th August

A superb second half capped with a fine goal. AP reckons he really rates himself to do well at this level. Performances like this will have us agreeing. My MOTM.

Blackburn Rovers

3-1: Saturday, 13th August

A superb second half capped with a fine goal. AP reckons he really rates himself to do well at this level. Performances like this will have us agreeing. My MOTM.
Nigel Reo-Coker did not play for West Ham during this season.

Nigel Reo-Coker did not play for West Ham during this season.

Nigel Reo-Coker did not play for West Ham during this season.

Nigel Reo-Coker did not play for West Ham during this season.

Nigel Reo-Coker did not play for West Ham during this season.