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Dyer Backing Town
Dyer Backing Town
Monday, 2nd Aug 2010 15:07

Former Blue Kieron Dyer says his old club could have a decent season ahead of them from what he saw while playing for West Ham in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat of the Blues. Dyer was disappointed not to get a look at Connor Wickham, but says he saw why Blues boss Roy Keane has promoted 18-year-old midfielder Luke Hyam to his side.

Dyer, who left Portman Road for Newcastle for a club record £6.5 million in 1999, says that while Town are a week nearer peak fitness than the Hammers, he was impressed with what he saw: “It was very hard to judge, they’re a week ahead of us in training. But they did well, they had a few chances, probably more than us on the day. I think they could have a decent season.

“I know they’ve got a few injuries to key players, I was really looking forward to seeing Connor Wickham play because I think he could probably break my transfer record here!”

The England international, who hopes he is finally over his injury problems, says Luke Hyam was by no means intimidated when up against experienced Premier League opposition: “Luke Hyam’s a confident young lad, he was barging me in the back, barging Scott Parker and wasn’t overawed by the experience.

“I’ve seen what Roy Keane has said about him having a lot of energy and hopefully he’s one for the future.”

Dyer, 31, has previously been linked with a return to his hometown club once his West Ham days are over, something he doesn’t entirely rule out: “I don’t believe in comebacks, but you never know, you never know!”

Meanwhile, Town's midfield target is reportedly currently injured. Last week, Blues boss Roy Keane said he would look at adding another midfielder to his squad if Owen Garvan moved on. The Irish midfielder looks set to complete his move to Crystal Palace today or tomorrow.


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arc added 15:12 - Aug 2
I'll never like the Hammers, but here's to a healthy season for Kieron.
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itsonlyme added 15:14 - Aug 2
Would be nice to see Kieron back at the club....but on a pay as you play deal only!
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Oxblue added 15:18 - Aug 2
Itsonlyme i would agree lets hope we are fighting top 6 come January and we splash the cash and bring him in for a final push!! Come on you BLUES!
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Tractorog added 15:19 - Aug 2
Good luck to him. If all our youngsters turn into such good investments as he did, it'll be happy days again!
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blueherts added 15:25 - Aug 2
Him and Benty the last of a long line of good uns - we still got the best out of him though and good business
Totally agree about Hyam and it freed up Leadbitter as well
Good to see him back at PR though
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OnlyOneSirBobby added 16:13 - Aug 2
never going to like any hammers after those two play-off loses, but kieron would be the exception to the rule...hope you have an injury free season!!
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SiBo added 17:35 - Aug 2
Although he could probably dominate at our level and would be a massive favourite and boost to the fans, we will not see the likes of Dyer back at good old ITFC... He is reportedly on £83k a week for god’s sake… (that includes a £424K a year image rights and £100k a year loyalty bonus)
To add insult to injury (if you excuse the pun) due to injuries he’s only played 22 games since signing in August 2007…
So that’s a whopping £12,948,000 in earnings (3 years income at £83k a month to August 2010) from West Ham for just 22 games… or just short of £589,000 per game!

Whoever signed him for that should be shot!... Actually wasn’t it a certain Mr Curbishly, who many on here believe should replace RK… Not sure on that, perhaps someone could confirm/deny.

As far as his assessment of Wickham and Hyam is concerned… I agree with him and I also think we could be in for a good season. A couple of more significant signings in the next couple of weeks and I think we can challenge at the top.
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I_Like_Pies added 22:29 - Aug 2
I believe it was Curbishley who signed him. But do you honestly think he was responsible for negotiating his wages? That is always the responsibilty of the chief exec/ chairman, who i think was that mental Icelandic bloke with the bald head?
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ldnj added 00:02 - Aug 3
And a little unfair as I doubt they expected him to have quite so much time away injured ...
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SiBo added 00:28 - Aug 3
I like Pies... Actually I agree with you, you can't blame him for the wages deal, not wholly anyway, just as I agree with Idnj that that they probably didn't expect him to be off as long with injuries... it was a bit of a tongue in cheek post really.
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Fatboy added 12:52 - Aug 3
I Like Pies, that would be the same Icelandic bloke who paid the budgies over £7M for Dean Ashton and then gave him a new 4-year contract about a week before he retired with a dodgy knee. I think he also ran a few of the Icelandic banks...
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