Friday, October 21

Time for Zaza to shine

It was encouraging to see Simone Zaza going over to the West Ham fans after the win at Palace and throwing his shirt to them. He's finally looking like part of the group. 

The latest news on Andy Carroll is bad. His knee injury was only meant to keep him out for four to six weeks but two months later he's still not training. Diafra Sakho is still unfit and Fletcher and Calleri are inexperienced, so we need Zaza to come good. 

Simone had a fine game at Palace working really hard and doing the unglamorous stuff of holding up the ball and winning headers. He's still scuffing his shots at times and when he did break through appeared to hesitate when he could have got a quick shot in. But that's a sign of a player lacking confidence. If he can just get one goal off the proverbial posterior then he'll probably look a completely different player. 

It's often forgotten that even Trevor Brooking struggled when he first got into the West Ham side and some of the crowd got on his back. You don't get to play for Juventus without knowing where the goal is. Let's hope Sunderland are obliging opponents and Zaza zaps the net.

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