December 13 2013 Latest news:
Dave Evans, West Ham Correspondent
Friday, August 16, 2013
Hammers front man Modibo Maiga stuggled in his first season but West Ham will give him another chance to prove himself
Striker Modibo Maiga will be staying at Upton Park this season unless the club get an offer they can’t refuse.
The Mali international, who scored four goals in his first season at the club, was linked with a move away, but manager Sam Allardyce insists that is not the case.
“He can’t move away because there is only him and Andy Carroll as the two front-liners,” said the boss.
“So unless the chairman rings me up and says we have the sort of bid we can’t afford to turn down, then he is not going anywhere.
“It is a big year for him because he didn’t do so well last year, but any move would depend on what we are being offered for him and whether we have got a replacement immediately, but our budget is finished,” he said.
Meanwhile, the West Ham manager did give some words of encouragement to young midfielder Ravel Morrison after he impressed in pre-season.
“I haven’t had a word with him apart from encouraging him about how well pre-season has gone for him,” revealed Allardyce.
“I think that his contribution has been really exciting for us without getting carried away.
“He has played against some good teams in Hamburg, Mainz and Sporting Lisbon, but they are still only pre-season friendlies and they are a bit tippy-tappy and don’t compare to the Premier League.
“He will have to learn to cope with that pace and produce performances, but he is really promising and we are looking to continue to convert that promise into a player who will play a part this year in the first team.”
He continued: “If he can carry on disciplining himself and doing the things he is doing it could be a bright future, but for a 20-year-old it is still early days.
“There are not many players in the Premier League who are under-21 these days.
“It is a hard industry to break into now, the last two were probably Jack Wilshere and Phil Jones.”