Tony Cottee Column: Bridge and Young should join Sidwell at West Ham

Hammers need full backs to survive

STEVE SIDWELL will be a good signing for West Ham and I would like to see Wayne Bridge and Luke Young join him at Upton Park.

We need to improve our options at full back and I believe those two would be excellent signings.

Bridge is available on loan and although he will cost a lot, his signing could be the difference between staying up and going down.

We have to speculate to accumulate and we do stay up it will definitely be money well spent.


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Injuries have hit the squad hard and Avram Grant has struggled to fill both full back positions all season.

Bringing those two in would give him a solid back five, all of whom English which in my mind can only be a good thing.

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The club need a king of British bulldog spirit and it was disappointing to see so many foreign players join at the start of the season.

They take time to settle and I think that has cost us this season and to do the same in January could be fatal.

It’s another reason why I am so happy with the imminent signing of Sidwell. He’s played in English football his whole career, with the majority in the top division.

Sidwell and Scott Parker in the middle of midfield would be a great combination for West Ham and although I am not sure if the former Arsenal trainee reached his potential after difficult spells at both Chelsea and Aston Villa.

He has a good engine and good technically and I am sure with a good run of games in the side he will prove to be a good buy for Avram Grant.

Someone else who could do with a decent run of games in Freddie Sears who has played the last two games after returning from a loan spell at Scunthorpe.

He was excellent against both Fulham and Everton and it’s great to see him back in the team and I can see the confidence flooding back into him. He has given the side great pace and I must give him credit.

He’s played right midfield and although he has impressed I don’t want to see him there and would rather see him play as a striker.

Fellow youngster Zavon Hines has also been coming off the bench and it’s great to see the local lads making an impact at first team level.

The last three matches have been vitally important for West ham and boss Grant who allegedly had to win at least one to keep his job.

It was a tremendous result to beat Fulham and while we should have beaten Blackburn a point against Everton should not be sniffed at.

The game against my old club was poor and I almost fell asleep in the second half.

It was a strange game because Everton scored and finished the half strong, so you would expect them to have played a lot better then they did in the second half.

Carlton Cole should have done better with his opportunity, but apart from that and an effort from Marouane Fellaini, neither side offered too much.

You get games you wish to erase form your memory and Tuesday night’s match was certainly one of those.

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