Can Calleri Come Good And Cope Wearing The Claret & Blue?

Having been vitriolic in our appraisal of Jonathan Calleri in previous articles, we at the Org are willing to eat 'umble pie when it comes to the South American's effort and disposition, especially on friday night against Tottenham when he worked his socks off and could have even had a goal or two with a bit of luck and a bit more composure. It is easy to forget that he spent his entire foot balling life NOT having to back in to defenders and hold the ball up, as any professional will tell you playing the lone striker role in the Premiership isn't only about scoring goals although they are obviously welcome, it is about disrupting the opposition's defence and making a general nuisance of ones self! Given how few starts Jonathan Calleri has made for West Ham United his progress has been on an upward curve, he is definitely liked by manager Slaven Billic. Good odds are available for the home match against Liverpool which should see Calleri again make the starting line up, one which will be devoid of the influential Cheik Kouyate who has just had surgery on his damaged wrist, an injury he had been carrying for several months. His decision to play through the pain barrier until the club was safe from relegation speaks volumes about team spirit and that of the player him self, what a warrior! We expect Nordveit to replace Kayoute, as he is ideally suited to the midfield, after all it is his preferred position and one where he was captain in that role. The board will have to think long and hard about Calleri, one additional issue is that it transpires a certain Kia Joorabchian has some form of ownership of the player, in which case the board should run a mile unless there is 'clear title' to the player's registration.

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If he could only score i would say defo "keep him"...though what is evident is his work-rate,& he can hold the ball up well!
He needs more time to convince us all hes up to the job...but we are an unforgiving lot & we need a GOALSCORER!!
I didnt know kia has some ownership-if so maybe we should stay well clear!!

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Whilst I'm starting to warm to calleri we need to see some goals from him. As we are safe maybe we need to play him fully in the remaining games. Even then I'd only consider a cheap deal or another loan next season.

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Dicks is the man's picture

but fred says strikers dont need to score goals.

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Perhaps if you read what was said instead of warping a few lines to suit your needs you would know not once did I say strikers don't need to score goals.

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Dicks is the man's picture

just avin a laff mate.

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I think he'd be worth a punt on anther loan with an option to buy, as the third/forth striker option.
If played in the right formation i.e.; as part of a fluid forward line with ball to feet, I believe he will score goals.

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hammer1980's picture

If even in the last games he plays like last Friday, another chance I would give him. Certainly if a quality striker comes to us we desperately need

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burkie's picture

https://youtu.be/C8tJbmgQ970
Unlike Zaza i think he might have potential
https://youtu.be/4hXnv38ioWM

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

He's here to score goals and The Moose said on talksh** his son will score for West Ham before Calleri breaks his duck... well that wasproved wrong with a tap in but the sentiment was right. I think he still lacks confidence... I would send him packing.

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Dicks is the man's picture

does he lack confidence though? anyone trying a rabona instead of a plain old kick can't be lacking confidence. more like arrogance if you ask me. not always a bad thing in football but it is when you can't do the basics first.

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I agree with that, trying a Rabona isn't a sign of someone lacking in confidence!

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asheshammer's picture

You can see him try (and succeed at) scoring from a rabona. So he's done it before, and maybe he thought he could do it again. What it says to me is that he still needs to adjust to the premier league. When I see a lot of those videos and the players LOOK great, scoring lots of goals, etc. I always look at the defending and especially the goalkeeping. Usually both are terrible and particularly the goalkeeping. Might explain a lot.

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

im not sure Dicks, I think he struggles on the ball and wants to release it asap which I think is confidence. If you look again at the rabona he does it as it was quicker / easier than controlling the ball and swapping feet which would allow the defender to close him down. I think for a professional the rabona is basic... doing it well is the problem, just ask that muppet at Blackburn, David Dunn, who by the way Graham Sourness (lol) said was better than our Joey Cole!!!

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