Striker set for imminent return

  • by Staff Writer
  • Sunday, 20th December 2009

Young striker Freddie Sears is set to cut short his season-long loan at Crystal Palce in order to ease West Ham's injury crisis, according to Eagles boss Neil Warnock.

Warnock, speaking after Palace's 1-1 draw with Barnsley told reporters that the 20-year-old striker, who is without a goal since moving to Palace in the summer will return to the Boleyn in the coming weeks.

"West Ham have asked for him to go back in January," he said. "They have one or two problems up front and he is their player at the end of the day.

"He'll be with us for the next two games but it's likely he'll go back after that."

Sears, who was recently dropped by Warnock burst onto the scene as an 18-year-old in March 2008 when he scored the winning goal against Blackburn on his Premier League debut. He made his England under 21 debut against Holland in August this year.

However he has thus far failed to live up to his early hype, having failed to score a single competitive league goal for either West Ham or Palace since that debut strike some 18 months ago.

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