May 12, 2020
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first_img 32 12. Ricardo Vaz Te (Signed: January 2012 – Departed: January 2015) – Forget the fact that Vaz Te was useless in the Premier League, the Portuguese forward will forever be remembered as the man whose playoff final winning goal took West Ham back to the top flight. Signed from Barnsley midway through West Ham’s Championship campaign his goalscoring proved crucial as West Ham pulled themselves back towards England’s top tier. He scored 12 goals for West Ham prior to promotion but the goals soon dried up at a higher level with just seven coming in the following two seasons. Now turning out for Turkish side Akhisar Belediyespor. 32 32 25. Diafra Sakho (Signed: August 2014 – Still at club) – Sakho can be widely considered the second most successful striker on this list despite falling out of favour with Slaven Bilic, having problems with his attitude and coming close to being sold to West Brom. Regardless of the downsides the Senegal striker does do one thing on a regular basis – he scores. His first season at West Ham was particularly impressive under Sam Allardyce, as he scored 12 goals in his first year in England, but his productivity has reduced of late. His second season was stop-start and full of off-field issues while his third season was totally wrecked due to injuries. If Sakho can get fit he could still have a part to play. 29. Simone Zaza (Signed: August 2016 – Departed: January 2017) – After announcing himself to the British public with the slowest penalty run up of all time, for Italy at Euro 2016, Zaza signed for West Ham on loan after scoring against them for Juventus at their new London Stadium home. Unfortunately for West Ham and Zaza that was his last goal for a while as he failed to find the net for his new club. His loan was cut short and he left having scored more times at the London Stadium against West Ham than for them. Was loaned to Spanish side Valencia for the rest of the season and the deal has since been made permanent. 32 32 15. Andy Carroll (Signed: August 2012 [loan] May 2013 [permanent] – Still at club) – Despite seemingly spending every other week injured the big front man is by far the most successful name on this list. Carroll was, and is, the answer to West Ham’s goalscoring issues but the problem the one-time British record signing has is he’s never fit. As such the striker has always showed glimpses of class but his fitness battle prevents him from staying active for prolonged periods of time. Hopefully a day will arrive when Carroll’s injury problems are behind him. Hopefully… 32 22. Marco Borriello (Signed: January 2014 – Departed: May 2014) – After seemingly playing for every Italian side going, journeyman striker Borriello had a stint at West Ham in 2014 when the club, again, needed some important goals. The Italy striker made just two substitute appearances, failed to score, and consigned himself to the hopeless striker list. Still playing his football in Italy, currently at Cagliari. 32 2. Benni McCarthy (Signed: February 2010 – Departed: April 2011) – A Champions League winner with Porto who later made his name in the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers, Benni McCarthy’s spell at West Ham was horrendous. The Hammers spent £5million on the South African in the hunt for goals but his time at Upton Park was characterised by his weight and spats with vice-chairman Karren Brady. McCarthy was labelled a ‘big fat mistake’ and described as ‘a player devoted to filling his belly more than filling the net’ by Brady. He failed to score a single goal and his contract was terminated in April 2011. He has recently been unveiled as the new head coach of Cape Town City. 32 21. Carlton Cole (Signed: October 2013 – May 2015) – After being told he was no longer needed at West Ham, following seven years of service, Cole was resigned by the club just a few months after being released – because they couldn’t find any other strikers. Arguably the most marmite player in West Ham’s history the ex-Chelsea forward is fondly remembered at West Ham for trying despite not possessing that much ability. In his second spell with the club Cole grabbed ten goals in 57 appearances. All in all the front man scored 68 goals in 293 West Ham appearances over nine years. After leaving Cole has since turned out for Celtic, Sacramento Republic and is now on the books at Indonesian side Persib Bandung alongside former Chelsea teammate Michael Essien. 32 31. Antonio Martinez (Signed: July 2016 – still at club) – There is still time for young Toni Martinez to come good for West Ham after a positive loan spell with Oxford United. The 19-year-old Spaniard has been prolific at youth level for the Hammers, after signing from Valencia, and the hopes are high for his future development. Still waiting to make an appearance for Slaven Bilic’s side. 13. Nicky Maynard (Signed: January 2012 – Departed: August 2012) – Bought for £1.7million from Bristol City, Maynard was considered a bright striker that could really improve. However, it didn’t turn out that way and after three goals in 17 games he was soon sold to Cardiff City in August 2012. Maynard is currently a free agent after his two-year spell with MK Dons ended. 32 24. Mauro Zarate (Signed: May 2014 – Departed: January 2016) – This was the second time Gold and Sullivan had signed Zarate after previously bringing him to Birmingham City when they were co-owners at St Andrews. After showing the odd glimpse of quality at Birmingham it was much the same at West Ham as he occasionally showed class before he duly fell out with boss Sam Allardyce. He was shipped off on-loan to QPR and received a brief reprieve with Slaven Bilic before being sold to Fiorentina in January 2016. Now a player at Watford but suffering from a long-term injury. 10. John Carew (Signed: August 2011 – Departed: May 2012) – The big Norwegian is fondly remembered by Aston Villa fans but his time at West Ham was littered with goals. He scored twice in 21 games and subsequently left the club at the end of the season. West Ham were Carew’s final club and he has since tried his hand at acting after retirement. 32 32 32 32 26. Enner Valencia (Signed: July 2014 – still at club) – After starring for Ecuador at the 2014 World Cup Valencia arrived at West Ham whilst admitting he had watched hooligan film Green Street to educate him on his new club. Valencia clearly possesses talent and formed an exciting partnership with Diafra Sakho in his first season but it has petered out since. With next to no end product Valencia spent last season on loan at Everton and now looks to be on the brink of leaving West Ham with Porto interested. 32 32 14. Sean Maguire (Signed: January 2013 – Departed: May 2015) – Maguire signed from Waterford United for an undisclosed fee and failed to make a senior appearance for West Ham. He was soon released to Dundalk where he spent a short amount of time before signing for Cork City. Recent reports suggest Maguire will sign for Preston North End from Cork City this summer. 5. Victor Obinna (Signed: August 2010 – Departed: May 2011) – Obinna arrived at West Ham on loan from Inter Milan and was regarded as a promising young talent. After scoring eight goals in 32 games during West Ham’s relegation season his loan was ended once the campaign concluded. Went on to play for Lokomotiv Moscow, Chievo and MSV Duisburg. The Nigerian is currently a free agent after being released by Darmstadt in January 2017. 32 32 16. Modibo Maiga (Signed: July 2012 – Departed: August 2015) – Signed for West Ham’s first season back in the Premier League from Sochaux, the Mali international showed signs of impressing – but those signs were few and far between. After scoring seven goals, and following two loan spells away from the club, Maiga was shipped off to Al-Nassr of Saudi Arabia. After an uninspiring year he moved to Al-Ittihad Kalba in the UAE where he still plays now. 27. Nikica Jelavic (Signed: August 2015 – Departed: February 2016) – Signed in desperate circumstances the Croatian had failed to inspire in the Premier League for both Everton and Hull City. Excelled during his time at Rangers but Jelavic found the net just twice for West Ham and he was soon sold to Chinese side Beijing Renhe for a tidy profit. 18. Marouane Chamakh (Signed: January 2013 – Departed: May 2013) – Sometimes we often forget the impact Chamakh made for Arsenal when he first arrived in England. Of course that impact soon disappeared and he dropped further and further down the Gunners pecking order until West Ham came calling in January 2013. Throughout his loan spell Chamakh played three times and was sent back to Arsenal before he later moved on to Crystal Palace. Despite staying at Selhurst Park for three seasons his impact, again, fell and he was last seen playing for Cardiff in 2016. 8. Robbie Keane (Signed: January 2011 – Departed: May 2011) – The Irish legend was a prolific Premier League forward who scored goals wherever he went in England’s top flight – except West Ham. Keane arrived on loan from Tottenham after falling down the pecking order as West Ham desperately searched for someone to help save them from relegation. In ten appearances Keane found the back of the net twice. West Ham were relegated and Keane’s loan ended at the end of the season. The striker next moved to LA Galaxy where he remained until 2016. He is currently without a club. 3. Mido (Signed: February 2010 – Departed: June 2010) – A man who had turned out for the likes of Tottenham and Middlesbrough, the Egyptian arrived at West Ham on a four-month loan on transfer deadline day. His goalscoring in the Premier League wasn’t exactly impressive and, to no one’s surprise, he departed after nine appearances and no goals scored. Mido is currently the manager of Egyptian side Wadi Degla. There are few certainties in this world – death, taxes and West Ham hunting for a striker.Since David Gold and David Sullivan took control of the club in 2010 they have been on the lookout for a much needed goalscorer but the statistics show the choices have been dire.Under the two David’s tenure a staggering 32 forwards have been signed – a list of players that have heralded just a handful of successes.Current talk suggests that Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho will be the latest signing to try his hand at being the goal-getter the Hammers so desperately want.Scroll through the gallery above to see the forwards signed since Gold and Sullivan took charge – it doesn’t make for positive reading if you’re a West Ham fan. 32 6. Demba Ba (Signed: January 2011 – Departed: May 2011) – A rare success on this list, even if it was just for a five month stay, Demba Ba’s form for West Ham brought a brief glimpse of hope they could be saved from relegation that season. Ultimately the club didn’t survive the Premier League drop and, after scoring seven goals in 13 appearances, the forward was snapped up by Newcastle United. Continued to deliver for the Magpies before earning a move to Chelsea where his scoring rate dropped. He is currently at Shanghai Shenhua and suffered a horrendous leg break in July 2016. 20. Mladen Petric (Signed: September 2013 – Departed: January 2014) – When you are in desperate need of a forward you will sign anyone – as West Ham showed in September 2013 with the deal that brought free agent Petric to Upton Park after his average spell at Fulham. The Croatian featured four times without scoring and was gone just as quickly as he arrived. He has now retired from football after a spell with Panathinaikos in Greece. 17. Wellington Paulista (Signed: January 2013 – Departed: May 2013) – The forward arrived at West Ham on a six-month loan determined to show that he was one of the best strikers from Brazil. Naturally he never made an appearance for West Ham and he became another forgotten name to have registered for the club. Currently plays on-loan for Chapecoense – the team that tragically lost the majority of their squad in a plane crash in November 2016. 28. Emmanuel Emenike (Signed: January 2016 – Departed: May 2016) – Another strange incoming was Emenike who was brought in on loan from Fenerbahce after spending time playing in the United Arab Emirates. Two goals in 16 appearances was the return and, sure enough, the Nigerian international didn’t stick around for long. 32 32 32 4. Frederic Piquionne (Signed: July 2010 – Departed: March 2013) – After playing for Portsmouth in the Premier League on a season-long loan an Avram Grant led West Ham paid Lyon £1million to bring the French forward to East London. He scored 11 goals in 62 games for the club and was released by West Ham in 2013. He soon joined MLS side Portland Timbers and is still playing football for Indian Super League side Mumbai City. 32 30. Jonathan Calleri (Signed: August 2016 – Departed: May 2017) – Brought in on-loan with a view to a permanent deal the hopes were high for Calleri after he featured for Argentina’s Olympic team at Rio 2016. Again there was a distinct lack of quality and he scored just one goal in a 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough. Unsurprisingly his deal from Deportivo Maldonado was not made permanent at the end of the season. 32 11. Sam Baldock (Signed: August 2011 – Departed: August 2012) – The front man was signed from MK Dons for £2.4million and netted five times during his only season at the club. Was sold the following summer to Bristol City but will soon make his Premier League debut as he is now part of the Brighton and Hove Albion squad that finished runners up in the Championship last season. 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 9. Brian Montenegro (Signed: August 2011 – Departed: May 2012) – Young Paraguay forward Montenegro was hailed as a bright prospect when West Ham signed him following their relegation from the Premier League. He played once – coming on as a late substitute in an FA Cup third round defeat to Sheffield Wednesday – and didn’t score. Montenegro returned to Paraguay after his spell and, other than another loan spell with Leeds United in 2014-15, he has continued to ply his trade in South America. Currently on the books of Paraguayan side Olimpia. 7. Paul McCallum (Signed: January 2011 – Departed: May 2015) – West Ham fans might struggle to recall McCallum considering he never made an appearance for the team after signing for £64,000 from Dulwich Hamlet. Following a heap of uninspiring loans he was eventually allowed to join Leyton Orient for free in 2015. He left the O’s following their relegation out of the Football League, and their financial turmoil, and will turn out for National League side Eastleigh next season. 19. Danny Whitehead (Signed: June 2013 – Departed: January 2015) – Another prospect who failed to fulfil expectations, Whitehead arrived from Stockport United for an undisclosed fee. He made one appearance for West Ham – the 5-0 demolition defeat delivered by Nottingham Forest in the 2014 FA Cup – and was soon on his way. Can now be found at Wigan Athletic and has since transitioned to a midfield role. 1. Ilan (Signed: February 2010 – Departed: June 2010) – The Brazilian striker arrived at West Ham following a spell at French side Saint-Etienne and, considering some of the players on this list, he might be considered a moderate success. Ilan scored four goals in 11 outings for Gianfranco Zola’s Hammers including crucial strikes against Everton and Sunderland. Released at the end of that season and last played for Bastia whom he left in 2014. 23. Jaanai Gordon (Signed: January 2014 – still at club) – Gordon was brought in as one for the future from Peterborough United and is yet to make an appearance for the Hammers. Has been sent out for a number of loan spells, most recently with Newport County last season, but is still just 21 years old. 32 32. Ashley Fletcher (Signed: July 2016 – still at club) – Another hope for the future, who could yet prosper, Fletcher was brought in from Manchester United on a free transfer. Enjoyed a productive time on loan at Barnsley, during his spell with the Red Devils, but probably wasn’t expecting to be so involved with the West Ham first team this season. Scored one goal for the club, against Manchester United of course, and certainly has the build to be a menace for defenders in the future.last_img