QAZ's Season 2005/2006 Review

Roy Carroll - Not a bad season for Roy but was hit with a nasty injury that kept him out since January and hasn't played since.  Fans are hoping to see a bit more of the Northern Ireland and Former Manchester United stopper next season. 7

Shaka Hislop
- Represented Trinidad and Tobago in the World Cup and kept goal for the Hammers on a number of occasions last season with some fine displays but whilst fans were debating whether Shaka should hang up his gloves at the age of 37, he has recently completed a move to FC Dallas in the MLS. 7

Paul Konchesky
- Not the best of seasons from the left back but proved that he can be of help when the Hammers attack but defensive displays werent up to scratch.  Many are hoping that Paul can have a better season next time round and do the Hammers proud. 6

Danny Gabbidon
– It's hard to say where, if anywhere, Danny went wrong last season.  He was voted Hammer of the year, which is great reward for such a great debut season in the claret and blue. 8

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Anton Ferdinand - Everyone still talks about the “Goal of the Season” in my opinion against Fulham back in January.  Some great displays at the back with Gabbidon and now he is proving that he can come out of the shadow that his older brother Rio. 8

James Collins
- Not a bad season for the Welshman.  He scored 2 goals last season, one against Portsmouth and one against Chelsea.  Some fine defensive displays, which could see him break into the first team next season. 7

Lionel Scaloni
- Joined on loan from Deportivo La Caruna in January and took the place that Tomas Repka left to join Sparta Prague.  He managed some good performances but not enough to convince Pardew to sign him permanently. I liked
Scaloni but many fans where not convinced. 7

Clive Clarke - The £750,000 purchase from Stoke City hasn't really paid off and he failed to hold down a regular place in the first team.  His best display was against Arsenal when he played out of position.  Looks certain to be part of the removal process that will see fringe players leave as Pardew looks to bring in players with European experience. 6

Nigel Reo-coker
– Nigel could have been the youngest captain to lift the F.A cup but it wasn't to be.  Not the best season for Nigel as he sustained an injury back in November that kept him out until January when on his return he injured Michael
Essien.  The captain for the Hammers and he needs to improve his game passing wise but he did score some important goals last season which contributed to our 9th place finish. 7

Hayden Mullins
- The unsung hero at Upton Park this season. Signed from Crystal Palace back in 2004 and ever since has Hayden been getting better and better for the Hammers.  Even though a moment of madness against Liverpool in the league game kept him out of the F.A cup final, he gains my 2nd player of the year as I just think Hayden was immense last season and has come on leaps and bounds and a goal against Norwich in the F.A cup 3rd round got us on the way to Cardiff.  Hopefully we can expect bigger and better things from Hayden next season. 8

Matty Etherington
- A pretty decent season from Matty, many fans were expressing concerns over him when we were promoted but he has silenced the critics with some good displays.  He ran his heart out in the F.A cup Final and scored the winner against Arsenal back in February in a game many Hammers fans will cherish. 8

Yossi Benayoun
- The man that makes everything tick. With his silky skills and tricks the Isreali who signed from Racing Santander has been an absolute star perking into life with some spectacular goals at important times.  Every fan has been praying
that Yossi will stay in East London and continue to be a star next season.

Yossi is my player of the season
as I think that he is the player that the fans have been crying out for, for many years.  Even though Yossi doesn't play in his more favoured attacking position he is still one great player. 9

Carl Fletcher
- Didn't really see much of the former Bournemouth man last season but he scored a beautiful goal against Spurs on the last day and graced the F.A cup final like a true professional. 7

Christian Dailly
- Not much of a chance last season and I think he may be playing his last season as a Hammer.  Not the best of players to ever play in the claret and blue but you couldn't wish for a more loyal player such as Christian.  He was used only a few times last season and is now only fringe player at best. 6

Shaun Newton
- The most used substitute in the Premier League last season.  He had some decent performances the most memorable being the winner against Man City back in April to ensure that the Hammers got their league campaign back on track.  I wouldn't be surprised to see the Former Wolves and Charlton midfielder moving on next season. 6

Bobby Zamora
- He scored some great goals last season but wasn't given much of chance considering the Former Brighton hit man scored the winner in the play-off final.  The best performance from the Z-man was against Birmingham when he silenced the St Andrews crowd with a wonderfully taken goal and a superb solo display. 7

Teddy Sheringham
– Teddy celebrated his 40th birthday back in April and almost scored against Charlton but it wasn't to be the best 40th birthday for Ted.  I seriously think that Teddy will end up becoming a coach and a fringe player next season. 6

Dean Ashton
- The £7 million signing from Norwich back in January had a decent half a season in the Claret and Blue.  There were some memorable displays from Deano, the best one being against Manchester City in the F.A cup quarter-final in which his 2 goals put us through to the semi-final.  He scored on his home debut against Sunderland and next season, if firing on all cylinders, he will be a huge threat. 8

Marlon Harewood - Top scorer and what a great season from the former Nottingham Forest hit man.  He has committed himself to a long-term deal at the start of the season and graced Upton Park with some good displays.  He silenced many critics and the Upton Park boo-boys, with the goal that put us into the F.A cup final. I'm hoping that Marlon can continue his form next season. 8

Alan Pardew
- A great season from the man that has silenced every single critic who doubted him.  His tactics and transfer dealings where immense and even though he was slated for fielding a weak side against Portsmouth that saw the Hammers go down 4-2, he soon silenced everyone once again by leading the Hammers to their first F.A cup final in 26 years.  The man will become a legend I can almost guarantee it. 9

The Season as a Whole -
I think that we can be more than pleased with the way hings have turned out for us.  This time last year we had just been promoted and where facing a long and daunting season.  Pardew installed belief into the club and it has carried us through the tough times.

If the players can still stick together and show the character and determination that was portrayed last season than the team can expect even better things next year.  With trips to Europe coming our way, surely we are on the up.  Up the hammers!

New Signings

Tyrone Mears - Signed by Alan Pardew in a 1 million pound deal that could see the fee rise by a further million dependent on appearances.  The former Man City trainee has said that he is ready and waiting to grace the Premiership and many fans are hoping that he may be able to fill the place that Tomas Repka left behind.

Johnathan Spector
- Signed for £500K from Manchester United, the USA international who is still only 20 yrs old had been on loan at Charlton Athletic last season and made a pretty good impression, which clearly made Pardew snap up the highly rated defender.

Lee Bowyer
- Ready to start his second spell as a Hammer after leaving West Ham for Newcastle United in 2003.  A player who is normally surrounded by media talk about his off field antics but he if he plays on top form he can become a great asset.

Carlton Cole
- After Spurs pulled out of the running for the Chelsea hit man Alan Pardew seized his chance to snap up the highly rated striker in a deal thought to be 2 million.  He has had many loan spells and most recently played at Aston Villa before Jose Mourinho decided to let him move on.  If on top form he can produce the goods.

Review by QAZ