Israeli midfielder returns to Chelsea
YOSSI BENAYOUN has been kicked to the kerb by West Ham and sent back to Chelsea.
The creative midfielder, 32, was on a season-long loan deal at Upton Park.
But with the imminent arrival of Joe Cole, the Hammers have called time on the injury-plagued Israeli’s spell in East London.
A West Ham statement read: “West Ham United can confirm that the loan of Yossi Benayoun has ended and he has returned to Chelsea.
“The club would like to thank Yossi for his efforts during his second spell with the Hammers and wish him the best of luck for his future career.”
Benayoun made six appearances under boss Sam Allardyce during his second stint with West Ham, having previously been with the club from 2005 to 2007.
Source: the Sun
Highly creative and dogmatic midfielders are a rarity nowadays. So it is a surprise that ‘Big Sam’ has let the Israeli midfielder go without apparent reason, or at least an official reason. One speculates that the imminent arrival of Joe Cole sent Benayoun further down the pecking order – even further down that has resulted in a swift, early season exit.
This story is perhaps one that will slip down the transfer news headlines, but it is certainly one of the most surprising and unexpected. The Israeli performed exceptionally well at his loan spell in the previous year with Arsenal, scoring vital goals against Aston Villa and Wolves. Without these goals, Arsenal would most certainly have not finished third to secure a Champions League spot. His exit from Arsenal left many Gooners exasperated.
History repeats itself, and now Benayoun finds himself unjustly left in the lurch back at Chelsea. Any right minded individual can see the injury plagued Joe Cole does not match up to the creative and hard working displays by Benayoun. Furthermore, the Hammers could have added depth to their squad, with both Cole and Benayoun providing a creative edge which most newly teams in the Premier League would envy.
West Ham may regret letting go of a talented play-maker, especially if Joe Cole lives upto his injury prone record.
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