Thursday, June 14, 2007

Hammers can't bend Bent's Ear

Well how about that then!!! Darren Bent turns down the Hammers.

If the stories contained in the tabloids and on the various interweb sites are true, he was offered either a four or five year contract, and a salary of between £60,000 and £80,000 a year by Alan Curbishley.

Obviously either not enough, or something else caused Dazza to turn down West Ham.

Of course, we dream about Dazza announcing tomorrow that his heart is at Charlton, as we gave him his chance, and that he has decided to stay with us and enable us to smash our way out of the Championship this season, but we all know that is unlikely.

More sensible, is that Dazza has been talking to Liverpool, or maybe Spurs, or even that he really does fancy the Champions League from a Spanish angle with Valencia?

Of course, West Ham could yet come back with an improved offer for our number ten, the best English striker over the last two seasons, a proven Premiership goalscorer, and very loyal subject!

We read about comparisons between Dazza and other strikers - Defoe, Owen, Rooney, Crouch, even David Nugent! Well, us Charlton fans know that he can be as good as anyone who has played for England since Michael Owen was in his pomp, Alan Shearer was world class, Gary Lineker was banging in World Cup hat-tricks, and Nat Lofthouse was a Lion of Vienna!

West Ham fans won't believe it; they will be gutted and saying how can a player who plays for little old Charlton turn down a big club. They will be scathing of him! Well, maybe Dazza knows that West Ham could also be in the Championship next year. Maybe he doesn't want to join a club that blatantly broke the rules last season and, initially at least, got away with it. Maybe it's just that West Ham aren't a big enough club for our Dazza!

I read one comment from someone today on the message boards that said why would Dazza go to West Ham; it would ruin his career. He should join a big club who will look after him, nurture him, surround him with good players, and take him to the next level. The only clubs Dazza should consider were Manchester United, Liverpool, or Arsenal.

Maybe Dazza reads the Charlton message boards and agrees!

Up the Addicks!


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