West Ham musings by Pete May, author of Hammers in the Heart, West Ham:Irons in the Soul, Flying So High:West Ham's Cup Finals and Goodbye to Boleyn
Wednesday, November 6
Friend or Defoe?
Are we being softened up for the return of Jermain Defoe? He still loves West Ham according to this interview in the Daily Mirror. Defoe says of that infamous transfer request:
“It was a massive mistake. I didn’t really want to do it. We’re talking about leaving the club I was in love with at the time because I came through the youth system with my friends, the fans loved me there. They were brilliant - every game they sang my name. "The person who represented me at the time said, ‘You need to hand in a transfer request and get in early because all the lads are going to leave.I remember going in and I was so nervous. It was (then Hammers chief executive) Paul Aldridge and I gave him the letter and he said, ‘What’s this?’ And I said, ‘It’s a transfer request’. And he looked at me as if to say, ‘Are you kidding?’ "The backlash was crazy. I felt like I was on my own and people were absolutely abusing me. To this day I can imagine West Ham fans look at me and think, ‘Who does he think he is? How can you do that? You’re a Judas’. And it’s quite sad really because I can honestly say I still love that club.”
Though it doesn't explain why if he loved the club so much he couldn't devote a season to trying to get West ham promoted… Still, with our critical strike situation a proven goalscorer is essential. Should we have Jermain back?