Is Reid's race run?

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 9th October 2019

Hammers fans have questioned the decision to grant Winston Reid a six-year contract following the defender's latest injury setback - whilst debating whether he will ever be in a position to play at the highest level again.

Reid has been sidelined through injury since March 2018, when he last appeared for West Ham in a 4-1 defeat at Swansea City - just six months after signing a whopping new contract tying him to the club until 2023.

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On 20 September, following 18 months out of action, Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini suggested that the central defender - who appeared briefly during pre-season in the Asia Trophy - would return to action with the Under 23s imminently.

Pellegrini, speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the 2-0 defeat of Manchester United said that he expected to see Reid appear "next week, but it could be one week more".

Yet with that fortnight having since passed, there is still no sign of the 31-year-old nor explanation for his continued omission - leading to further speculation regarding his long term future.

"It doesn't look good," wrote KUMB Forum member Boooogers. "At some point you'd think he would do the honourable thing and retire. Surely, we wouldn't allow him to drag this out for another three years?"

Fellow Forum member Condorhammer also feels that Reid is unlikely to see out his contract. "I actually feel sorry for the bloke, as I thought he pretty much gave his all when playing for us," he said.

"I'm fairly certain he didn't hold a gun against the board's collective heads when his (admittedly ridiculous) six-year contract was offered."

Meanwhile Bubbles1966 believes that the club may be in a position whereby Reid has to be given as much time to recover as possible, due to his contractual situation.

"I'm speculating completely," he said, "but given the length of his outstanding contract I wouldn't be surprised if the insurers are insisting he goes through all sorts before they pay out and accept that he'll never be able to play at anything like Premier League level again."

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Reid, currently West Ham's second-longest-serving player behind Mark Noble joined West Ham in 2010 during the ill-fated season under Avram Grant.

He has played 220 times for West Ham's first team since moving to the club in a ?4million deal - a figure that would almost certainly be considerably larger had he not suffered this and other injuries during his lengthy spell at the club.

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