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Tony Cottee, Recorder Columnist
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Hammers legend Tony Cottee knows what it is like to ask for a transfer
Deadline day always provides plenty of excitement for football fans and I can’t for the life of me think why everyone leaves their transfers to the last minute on the last day to finalise them, but for West Ham supporters it proved something of a quiet one.
I was hoping that a deal could be done for Ricardo Vaz Te to go out, so that we could bring in another striker which we badly needed, but it is so difficult when you leave things to the last day and you have to make sure you have one coming in before you let another player go out.
In the end, we couldn’t quite juggle things and we ended up signing nobody and now it is a question of how Ricardo deals with the disappointment.
I know he must be very frustrated at not playing and he can point to all the goals he has scored for the Hammers, including the one in the play-off final, but this is a squad game and he must accept that he is not always going to play, just like Matt Taylor or Jack Collison.
His performances last season were not up to Premier League standard and I know he can say that he was being played out of position, but that is what happens in modern football.
Twice in my career I have asked for a transfer, once when I was at West Ham in 1987 and then again when I was at Everton after losing my place.
I felt that my career started one day and ended two days later so all I wanted to do was play football. Both times I ended up withdrawing my transfer request and coming back to be top scorer the next season.
I think Vaz Te just wants to play football too, which is heartening and now he must get his head down and accept that he is staying at West Ham. Sam Allardyce obviously rates him as he has signed him twice, so he needs to show the right attitude from now on.
I think everyone was surprised at just how poor West Ham were on Saturday against Stoke City.
The defence played okay, but it looked like the midfield and the front men all had a bad day and that can happen sometimes.
Being a footballer is just like having a normal job I think. Sometimes you have good days and sometimes you have bad and you can’t explain it, but I think the entire front line had a bad day on Saturday.
The best thing to do is to draw a line under it and prepare for a tough game at Southampton. We have four points from three games and that is still a good start for the Hammers and if we can get Andy Carroll back for St Mary’s then things could be even better.
With no Premier League games this weekend, I am off to Wembley with my two boys to watch England take on Moldova where I will be expecting a comfortable win.