Wednesday, May 17

Would Zabaleta solve West Ham's right back problem?

There's a lot of rumours that Pablo Zabaleta will be joining West Ham when he leaves Man City at the end of the season. He's had nine years at City and won the title twice plus the FA and League Cups and has been a great player for them. The Argentine defender also seems a nice bloke to judge from the interview after City Beat West Brom last night and he was given the bumps by his team-mates. 

On the downside, he's coming towards the end of his career and will be 33 next January. And remember we signed a 33-year-old World Cup-winning right back in Alvaro Arbeloa at the start of his season, only for him to disappear down a black hole somewhere near Hackney Wick. 

Though to be fair, Zabaleta's played a good number of games for City in all his seasons and scored eight goals. He's also the sort of experienced defender whom Sam Byram might learn from and his presence might calm our jittery defence. Any views on his possible signing?


Anonymous said...

City fan here,you will get heart and commitment however He has lost a yard of pace due to injuries in recent years.overall coming on a bosman it is a gamble worth taking.

Rob Graham said...

Hi Pete, to be honest he is a good player, likeable and a hard worker, I think he would be a great asset as long as he doesnt to an Arborela, yes he is past his prime, but I don't think we have enough to attract real quality in their prime at the moment, he would be a seriously good influence in the defence.
Hopefully there is a plan, and we just stabilise things and start playing attractive, upper mid table competitive football! for one season without any relegation issues.
Strong squad, good moral, team spirit, and square pegs in square holes, its not much to ask just 2 seasons with top half finish and a happy hammers team and supporters. COYI

Pete May said...

Yep, agree Rob, he could be a good fit short-term and thanks for the update City fan, if he plays with commitment he'll go down well with us.