Faubert eyes West Ham exit door
Hammers defender Julien Faubert has said that he is on the way out of Upton Park after being dropped from the team.
WEST HAM’S French defender Julien Faubert doesn’t do himself any favours.
The 27-year-old France international’s dreams of a transfer to Real Madrid were not helped when he was filmed apparently asleep in the dug-out during a match.
Then just a couple of weeks ago, West Ham were forced to field only six substitutes after he allegedly refused to return to the ground when James Tomkins was injured in the warm-up.
Full back Faubert has not appeared since that disastrous Carling Cup semi-final defeat at Birmingham City at the end of January, and now it seems he has had enough of being on the sidelines.
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“My story with West Ham is at an end,” said Faubert dramatically last week, as if it had ever really started.
The Frenchman arrived at Upton Park in a �6.1million deal from Bordeaux in the summer of 2007 with the reputation as a speedy winger who had just broken into the international team.
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He looked impressive in a pre-season game against Dagenham & Redbridge, but an Achilles injury suffered on the pre-season tour that summer left him on the sidelines and on his return he was never quite the player that the Hammers fans were expecting.
In all, he has made 84 appearances in claret and blue, scoring just one goal and in his time at the club has reverted from a winger who cannot cross, to a full back who has trouble defending and still can’t cross!
“I worked flat out for West Ham, even when my mother died and I have never created any problems,” he insisted.
“If they told me I’m not playing because I am no good I would understand, but that is not the case.
“I am in good shape and just want to play, but I don’t expect anything more here.
“My future lies elsewhere and I hope they will not prevent me leaving.”
That is unlikely to be a problem for the Frenchman as West Ham look to offload a number of fringe players in the summer, especially if they manage to avoid relegation.
Part of the problem for Faubert is that Lars Jacobsen has come in and is a natural right back, something that the Frenchman can never claim to be.
Faubert would not even have played in the Birmingham clash if Jacobsen had not been cup tied, while with the arrival of Gary O’Neil and re-emergence of Freddie Sears, there is no possibility of him moving back into the right side of midfield.
West Ham boss Avram Grant seems to be beginning to sort his squad out at last.
The likes of Faubert, Radoslav Kovac, Pablo Barrera and Luis Boa Morte seem to be fading into the background of the squad.
Those players have underachieved and are clearly not good enough for West Ham in the Premier League.
Faubert may moan, but really his performances on the pitch, mean he only has himself to blame.