Wonderful talent: West Ham fans pay tribute to Dean Ashton

Dean Ashton was a wonderful talent.

Unfortunately, though, his career was cruelly cut short by injury.

Indeed, in December 2009 at the age of just 26, Ashton was forced to hang up his boots having struggled to overcome the severe ankle injury that he suffered in August 2006.

Ashton registered 11 goals in 35 appearances for West Ham during the 2007-08 season, but only made five appearances in the first half of the 2008-09 season before retiring.

In all, he struck 19 times in 56 appearances for the Hammers in all competitions, but it would be fair to say that number would be much, much higher had he managed to stay injury free.

There is no question that Ashton – capped just once by the English national team in 2008 – is still highly regarded by the West Ham fans and many have been on social media lavishing praise on the club’s former centre-forward.

A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below: