Spector Wonderland - The West Ham Revelation

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  1. OWN(yewu)ED

    OWN(yewu)ED Member+

    May 26, 2006
    chico, CA
    all a sudden that move to Leeds is looking pretty good right now, especially if he is brought in as a midfielder.
     
  2. uniteo

    uniteo Member+

    Sep 2, 2000
    Rockville, MD
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'm thinking Orlando
     
  3. keller4president

    Jan 5, 2006
  4. westhamerica

    westhamerica Member

    Apr 26, 2009
    New York City
    Club:
    West Ham United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Fella on one of the WHU boards from Germany said he was seen in Berlin. Not usually one to post something so frivilous, but that actually seemed sensible and Hertha strike me as a club that would definitely be interested.
     
  5. Dills

    Dills Moderator
    Staff Member

    Philadelphia Union
    United States
    Jun 6, 2006
    Southampton|PA
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Pure speculation. I highly doubt it'll happen, although Spector would be an upgrade over Harvey.

    Here's a pretty thorough breakdown from a regular Union poster detailing potential Yank Abroad LB candidates:

     
  6. Joel Goodson

    Joel Goodson Member

    Jan 10, 2001
    Chicago
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  7. LiverAndPineapple

    May 7, 2008
  8. El Michael

    El Michael Member

    Dec 17, 2009
    Club:
    DC United
    Jacksonville..NC
     
  9. vponce75

    vponce75 BigSoccer Supporter

    Aug 16, 2004
    SoCal
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Hopefully they see him more as a CM than a Defender.
     
  10. Kool Herc

    Kool Herc Member

    Oct 17, 2008
    Dallas
    Club:
    Leeds United AFC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  11. jakepc42

    jakepc42 Member+

    Mar 26, 2011
    Houston
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'd rather him at Leeds hopefully with Lichaj. The American duo could help them get promoted and that would be pretty neat.
     
  12. supercooper

    supercooper Red Card

    Jun 23, 2008
    Not a bad option IF he gets to play in midfield. B'ham traditionally is yo-you club and has good shot to be back in Prem next year.
    I think it would be wrong move if they are looking at him as a right back,
    but I have feeling that Spector is making it clear that he wants to be
    utilized in the central midfield and this is likely a reason why he is willing
    to drop down a division to make it happen.
     
  13. iad_22201

    iad_22201 Member+

    Jan 2, 2009
    Washington, DC
    Club:
    Fulham FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    That could be it, or it could just be that there's little to no PL interest in him. Which wouldn't be hard to believe, given his less than impressive play over the past few years.
     
  14. vponce75

    vponce75 BigSoccer Supporter

    Aug 16, 2004
    SoCal
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Who didn't see this reply coming?

    Anyway, midfield in the Championship would be a solid move for Spector if he can make it happen.
     
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  15. iad_22201

    iad_22201 Member+

    Jan 2, 2009
    Washington, DC
    Club:
    Fulham FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Oh, come off it.
     
  16. Friedel'sAccent

    Friedel'sAccent Member+

    Jul 7, 2006
    Providence, RI
    Club:
    Reading FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The reply isn't any less inherently valuable than the complete speculation in the original post. This is a thread about Spector, not individual posters.
     
  17. USvsIRELAND

    USvsIRELAND Member+

    Jul 19, 2004
    ATL
    From a USMNT perspective I'd like to see him at CB again. We have loads of CM's that are (probably) better than Spector. Edu, Jones, Bradley, Torres, Holden, etc.

    Birmingham are supposed to lose Scott Dann and already lost Roger Johnson (their starting CB's) so hopefully we get a look at him there.
     
  18. Sam Hamwich

    Sam Hamwich BigSoccer Yellow Card

    Jul 11, 2006
    If someone could find a way to motivate Specs he has the physical ability Stu lacks, the technique MB lacks, the attacking instinct Edu lacks and the polish that Torres lacks.

    Jones is going to be old soon.
     
  19. TrueCrew

    TrueCrew Member+

    Dec 22, 2003
    Columbus, OH
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Going forward, I can see the US, and JK, playing a lot of 4-5-1 (either 4-1-4-1 or 4-2-3-1/4-3-3). In that case, I kind of see 3 types of CM's.

    1. DM types: Jones, Bradley, Edu, Clark
    2. Genuine CAM types: Feilhaber, Torres, Adu, Diskerud, Bedoya
    3. Genuine 2-Way players: Holden, Bradley, Spector, Kljestan

    Now, I realize there will be some crossover, especially if one goes 4-1-4-1; but if we want one of the CM/DM's in the 4-2-3-1 to be a bit better going forward (and Holden is in the CAM role), Spector could have a place. As he could if we play an inverted triangle and want one of the more defensive guys to be a bit steelier on D.
     
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  20. Balerion

    Balerion Member+

    Aug 5, 2006
    Roslindale, MA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Does the truth bother you so much?

    Spector had become a fungible squad player at West Ham. He's handy to have around because he provides cover at a number of positions, but he's far from above-average at any of them in terms of EPL quality. Guys like this are highly replaceable.

    It's unsurprising to see a player of that profile drop down a division. I mean, a backup on a relegated team...it's par for the course.


    Now, if Spector gives up on RB and gets a nice run of games at CM in the Championship, perhaps he can reinvent himself a bit.
     
  21. Kool Herc

    Kool Herc Member

    Oct 17, 2008
    Dallas
    Club:
    Leeds United AFC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Castle says Spector wants 15k / wk + 3k / game and negotiation from there continues
     
  22. Kool Herc

    Kool Herc Member

    Oct 17, 2008
    Dallas
    Club:
    Leeds United AFC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  23. vponce75

    vponce75 BigSoccer Supporter

    Aug 16, 2004
    SoCal
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    From a USMNT perspective, I see your point. IMO, Spector has played his best in a midfield role. I'd like to see him get an extended season long run there to see how he develops.

    Never said it wasn't the truth and even in the very next sentence said a year in the championship would be a solid move for him. But ok.
     
  24. supercooper

    supercooper Red Card

    Jun 23, 2008
    Championship is only a great move, the right move if he is consistently
    getting central midfield minutes. In a sense, you can justify the cut in pay for the 'job retraining', which Spector really looks like himself (and more valuable) in attacking midfield spot.

    Otherwise, its just a huge paycut for the same job.
     
  25. Gorky

    Gorky Member+

    Jul 28, 2006
    NYC
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    It's only a "paycut" if he could get better offers than Championship teams. Which I really doubt he can. It's more of a "getting the best you can."
     

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