Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

If I Don't Buy at Least Two Players Then I Fear All Our Good Work Will Be Wasted

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

If I Don't Buy at Least Two Players Then I Fear All Our Good Work Will Be Wasted

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Byline: Sam Allardyce West Ham manager

INJURIES to players are a fact of life if you're a football manager. Sometimes lady luck smiles upon you and your team come through a season relatively unscathed. Other times she's not so kind and that's the situation we find ourselves in at the moment.

There's no point in bemoaning your fate as that just uses up negative energy and it doesn't bring the injured players back any quicker.

What I have to do is assess the situation realistically and then come up with a plan to improve things.

I thought we could well have won last Sunday's match against Liverpool. We just needed that third goal but then came Mo Diame's hamstring injury and that knocked us back a bit.

If that wasn't enough, we've collected yet another injury this week -- in training this time -- when George McCartney hurt his knee. It's difficult to say right now how long he will be out for but it looks like medial ligament damage.

Our catalogue of injuries has changed things. A few weeks ago in this column I wrote that I thought the January transfer window would be particularly quiet for the club, that we had done almost all of our business last summer.

However, the crop of injuries has left us really short. On Sunday at West Brom, our substitutes' bench will probably have four young players on it without Premier League experience.

So far we've managed. This last group of eight, really difficult fixtures, have yielded eight points, which was our target, and the lads have done really well.

Now we must keep that momentum going and to do that we need to strengthen in a couple of areas when that window opens.

In the meantime, we don't have much leeway. For example, I'd hoped to have Yossi Benayoun back in the squad but he's still feeling the knee injury he picked up at Newcastle so Chelsea have called him back again for further treatment.

That's their prerogative. Yossi is their player so they want to treat him. With Andy Carroll, Liverpool have left him with us. So it depends on the injury and the club.

Unlike George's setback in training this week, most of the others have come during games and most have been trauma injuries. …

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