Bellamy Sold

Craig Bellamy is now a Hammer.

The Welshman signed a five-year deal with the London club after a £7.5M fee.

Unlike Luis and Djibril’s departures, I don’t have much to say about Craig’s exit because I don’t have all that much nice to say about Craig.

I will, however, share this picture as it’s one of my recent favorites. Lucky for Craig, West Ham’s jerseys don’t have a collar he’ll feel the need to tuck in.

“Are you there, God? It’s me… Craig.”



6 Responses to “Bellamy Sold”

  1. 1 JT July 10, 2007 at 11:29 am

    and that 13.5 mill tag is confirmed on Babel, so if we pull the trigger there, we’ll have done rather well for ourselves.

    21 for Torres?
    13.5 for Babel [possible]

    7.5 for Bellamy
    6 for Cisse
    4 for Luis Garcia
    free for Zenden

    I’m hearing rumours of a 14 million pound bid for Porto’s winger Quaresma too?

  2. 2 beingsven July 10, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    Interestingly enough, Babel plays on the left wing (in Ajax’s 4-3-3, which more or less makes him a striker), but is RIGHT footed. I wonder if he can track back and defend.

    I really like this (possible) buy though. Especially if they can get him less than full valuation, maybe around £10M. He’s slight of frame, but only 20 years old and still a fantastic talent with so much more potential.

    As for Ricardo Q, I know Rafa wants Pennant to play a major role, but we need somebody else who can play on the right. It’ll be interesting. I have a few thoughts/questions about the wings, the youth movement and how the squad is shaping up, but I’ll save them until the right time presents itself.

    Bellamy + Cisse = £13.5 million… A bit of my valuation of last week, in which I thought we might fetch 15-17 for the pair, but still decent enough business.

  3. 3 lingeringbursitis July 10, 2007 at 1:45 pm

    sounds good sven, you’re always good for it.

    When you factor in the selling of sinama-pongolle as well as cisse, bellamy and LGarcia, our total spending is only around 5-7 mill so far, even with the marquee signing.

    I would like to see Babel come in and play on the wing, and not be made to fight for a striker spot, and his agent has been adamant that they would really grill LFC as to their intentions on how to use him. Good to see that approach — after all, he’s just coming into his prime, and if his international progression is to continue as it has to this point, he needs regular PT, and I definitely think we can accommodate him there. I am not too worried about the track-back factor on that side, but his pace and attacking eye would be huge for us.

    I’d like to see Quaresma come in…. I know Rafa is big on Pennant, but he’s shown the inconsistency. Now that we have a big money man in the box, we really need someone who can give it to him constantly and help him be effective [read: Sheva @ Chelsea, although there were far more contributing factors to his woeful play than just lack of service from the wings, although as a striker, the attacking header is your bread and butter.]

  4. 4 nate July 10, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    While I’ve never been very fond of Bellers either, that picture was my desktop background for months. Great shot.

    Also, I agree Babel would be a good bit of business for around £10m (£13.5 is getting a bit egregious), and that he could do a reverse Henry of sorts, going from striker (albeit in a 4-3-3) to left wing, but lingeringbursitis is spot on in saying the boy’s going to need playing time to develop at only 20.

    I would not be surprised if Babel and Benayoun are the last of the first-team spending at all.

  5. 5 beingsven July 10, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    Thanks for all the thoughtful input (identity crisis, JT?) and please continue to grace Being Sven with your presence(s).

    If we go ahead and bring Babel in, then what becomes of the other left-side players? Gonzalez was almost shown the door this summer, but either Betis’ relegation or Rafa’s second thoughts prevented this. (I think you have to give the kid more time, maybe not as the #1 option, but they all need time)

    So, who goes? Kewell or the Faux-Hawk? For my money, if Harry comes back from the Asia Cup healthy, it almost HAS to be him, because how long is that really going to last?

    With equal bills of health, Kewell is more dangerous than Gonzo, having proved he can do the business in the EPL. But if you get a chance to offload him for a decent price (remember we got him on the cheap), you almost have to sell Kewell, don’t you?

    I think Nate may be right. If we buy Babel for the left, Benayoun can (I think of him as a central attacking middie, though…) play on the right, so we’ve got two options for each flank. (well, 3 right now on the left, and 3 for the right if you include Stevie G)

    I suppose it all comes back to ‘possibilities’.

  6. 6 lingeringbursitis July 10, 2007 at 6:42 pm

    Yeah sven, although over time i’ve managed to limit my online monikers to 3 [LB, JT and FmGT]…. I will email you and bother you more via email soon! Promise!

    Kewell, in my mind, has to go. If you’re looking at this in any other sport, like baseball for example, you should have a much easier chance offloading the older player with more experience [albeit a spotty injury record] than the young unknown quantity. Gonzalez has age on his side, despite the injuries, and Kewell is clearly out of favour.

    That being said, I could see a number of those second- and third-tier Premiership clubs wanting his services, and in so many cases before him, as much as you fear his improvement with another team, you have to let him leave with grace and the new challenges/less pressure of a new environment [see: Corey Patterson with the Cubs/Orioles]… while the potential is still there, it becomes a case of streamlining and building up from within.

    Kewell could make someone else happy, and a team like Reading or Fulham or Bolton could conceivably pony up 4 or 5 million for his services. That’s hard to turn down, especially if we do pull the trigger on Babel and maybe another.

    Also, the Benayoun deal was more or less confirmed this afternoon, and there’s not going to be a lot of space in the first-team squad. We also have to look at players like Brouwer and Idrizaj as maybe getting some action in the League Cup or wherever else if injuries crop up, or if their performances lower down the pecking order warrant a look.

    I like the way our team is shaping up, especially with the flux going on at Chelsea and Arsenal, although Tevez going to Man U puts them well ahead of the pack heading into the new season [not that we didn’t know that already].

    Ljungberg is leaving for Italy apparently, Robben looks to be on the outs with Malouda coming in, a key RB fill-in/MF Geremi has bolted, obviously no Henry….I couldn’t be happier with our off-season to date, especially having locked up the core of the club to long-term deals and then made well-calculated signings instead of the panicky over-priced buys or mediocre project signings of the last 3-4 years.

    I like what Rafa’s continuing to do.

    As for the lineup, Yossi gives some options, for sure. Play Babel on the left, maybe in a 4-2-3-1 or 4-1-3-2 sort of formation, with Gerrard either getting a libero sort of role in the middle or working on the right side.

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