West Ham – beacon for squad players as ambitious players bail out

Craig Bellamy. Lucas Neill. Mathew Upson. Luis Boa Morte. Scott Parker. What do they have in common?

Darren Bent. Carlos Tevez. Nigel Reo-Coker. Yossi Benayoun. What do they have in common?


The first group have come to West Ham because West Ham are ‘an ambitious club’ and because they will get playing time and the chance to be leaders.

The second group have either left West Ham, want to leave West Ham or turned down West Ham because they wanted to play at bigger clubs and go for glory.

Who is going in the right direction? Discuss.

Wait…what? You want that pic again? You dirty bastard.

Hmm, where were we? Ah yes, West Ham…