Top Three: West Ham United players of the season

29 April 2010

Gianfranco Zola may have earned himself a stay of execution at Upton Park after just about steering West Ham United to Premier League safety. Some might argue that the Hammers have only stayed up by virtue of the sides below them being so wretched but there is enough young talent in West Ham’s squad to suggest that Zola’s impressive first season as manager was no fluke. selects our Top Three West Ham United players of the 2009/2010 season…

3. Ilan – In a season where West Ham United have not exactly been spoilt for choice with outstanding performers, 29 year-old Brazilian-Italian striker Ilan is worthy of a spot in our Top Three despite only making 9 appearances so far for the Hammers. Gianfranco Zola brought him to Upton Park with hardly any of the transfer window left and it’s turned out to be the piece of business that has saved West Ham from the drop, with Ilan having notched a late equaliser at Everton, a winner against Sunderland and another in the recent 3-2 win over Wigan Athletic at Upton Park.

2. Julien Faubert – If you’d told a West Ham United fan this time last year that Julien Faubert would be arguably ‘Hammer of the Year (except for Scott Parker)’ for 2009-2010…well, they’d have taken a moment to digest what you’d just said before laughing heartily at you. As it happens, the Frenchman has been one of the standout performers at Upton Park this season, making the right-back position his own and attacking with purpose and, occasionally, the kind of sublime cross from which Ilan scored at Goodison Park.

1. Scott Parker –
The former Charlton Athletic, Newcastle United and Chelsea midfielder is as easy a choice to be West Ham’s player of the season as Wayne Rooney is for Manchester United. Parker has been the shining light in a dismal season and his impact has been such that Davids Gold and Sullivan have announced that the whole squad is up for sale except for him. Combining an all-action style with leadership qualities and no little skill, Parker is a West Ham legend-in-the-making.

Honourable mentions:

Guillermo Franco has done well and Carlton Cole has scored some useful goals. That’s about it, really.

Do you agree with the above? Who else would you consider to be one of West Ham United’s players of the season? Would you give Zola another season? If not, who do you want to replace him?