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Signing with the Hammers on loan this week, the Morocco international forward will be looking to take his chances to improve on his dire goal scoring record: one Premier League goal since November 2010.

Chamakh will face competition at the Boleyn, with Carlton Cole, Andy Carroll, Modibo Maiga all vying for an attacking slot in the West Ham starting line-up and Allardyce is eager to help resuscitate the Moroccan’s fortunes after a frustrating career in English football under the guidance of Arsene Wenger.

“We’ll try and get him to be that goal threat he was at Bordeaux,” said Allardyce.

“He’s been very disappointed with his lack of involvement at Arsenal, certainly for the last year, and he’s itching and hungry to get back and show what he can do.

“We’ll give him the platform and hopefully he grabs the chance with both hands and reproduces his Bordeaux performances.

“He won the league with them and played well enough for a team as big as Arsenal to want to take him.

“You need to provide the service he needs. He’s exceptionally good in the air and at getting between defenders from crosses.

“That’s what we can provide him with, the materials and ammunition for him to get a few goals.

“He’s got a big chance to prove what he can do in the Premier League with us and it’s about him proving it to himself.”

Chamakh has scored 14 goals in 67 games during his two and a half seasons in North London, since his free transfer from Bordeaux.


  • Cornelius Bennett
    3 years ago

    Big Sam is a stunning example of how to make imbecillic statemnets…..If Chamakh is a sucesss in the EPL then I will eat a dartboard.

    Chamakh after confirming his flop status he was made available but nobodywanted to buy him nor take him on loan. If he is that highly rated NOW by Big Sam why did West Ham not just buy him outright? If I do end up eating a dartboard it will mean that West Ham will have to send him back to Arsenal as they will not be able to afford his wages or the transfer fee that will be touted for him.

    Bottom line? Big Sam has not put his money where his mouth his. He is trying before buying. But they will not be able to buy him.

    So Big Sam show respect to the greatest manager EPL has had.

    Up the Irons.
    Cornelius Bennett

    • Chris Ioannou
      3 years ago

      I think you’ve answered your question in the comment. Why hasn’t Allardyce taken a risk by forking up the transfer fee and presumably high wages? Like you said, he can afford neither. I’d quite like to see the player make a difference at Upton Park… everyone likes a good comeback story.