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7 African players who ’caused mayhem’ and definitely aren’t suitable for West Ham

West Ham have suspended director of player recruitment Tony Henry after the claimed the club would not sign African players because they 'cause mayhem'

You’ve probably seen the news that West Ham have suspended their director of player recruitment over some unacceptable comments.

Tony Henry said the club would not be signing any more African players because they ’cause mayhem’.

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We thought it would be worthwhile reminding the Hammers of some ‘mayhem’ a select few African players have caused in recent times…

1 Samuel Eto’o

West Ham have had Carlton Cole, Nikica Jelavic and Simone Zaza in recent years. Why would they want Eto’o?

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West Ham have had Carlton Cole, Nikica Jelavic and Simone Zaza in recent years. Why would they want Eto’o?

What a menace Eto’o has been, eh?

The Cameroonian forward caused so much mayhem in the late 2000s he won back-to-back trebles with Barcelona and Inter Milan.

He was such a liability at the Nou Camp he only managed a measly 130 goals in 199 games for the club.

2 Jay-Jay Okocha

ZzZzZzzz…

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ZzZzZzzz…

At PSG, Okocha mentored Ronaldinho in the art of causing mayhem (rainbow kicks, no-look passes, boring stuff like that).

One of the most entertaining players of the modern era, Tony Henry must have detested the way he embarrassed defenders with rare skills and tricks.

Who’d want to watch stuff like that?

3 Yaya Toure

Liquid mayhem

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Liquid mayhem

Oh God, not another mayhem merchant.

Toure was such a disruptive influence in 2013/14 that most opposition players didn’t want to get near him — they could have if they wanted to though, right Tony Henry?

Man City’s opponents were so sympathetic to the Ivorian’s hazardous nature they graciously let him score 20 league goals in a season… from midfield.

4 George Weah

They used to give the Ballon d’Or to the player who caused the most mayhem that year

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They used to give the Ballon d’Or to the player who caused the most mayhem that year

Bloody hell, this one is such a loose cannon he’s recently been elected as President of Liberia.

A quick look at the history books suggest Weah was one of the best forwards in the world during the 1990s — probably fake news.

The Milan legend’s mayhem resulted in a World Player of the Year Award in 1995, not that Tony Henry would be interested in such nonsense…

5 Michael Essien

Have you got the hit yet, West Ham?

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Have you got the hit yet, West Ham?

Lyon, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Milan all took the risk on this wild maverick.

We previously thought of Essien as one of the most consistent and reliable performers of the modern era.

But Tony Henry has made us seen the light — he must have just been very good at hiding all the mayhem from the public eye.

6 Didier Drogba

We think we’ve made our point

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We think we’ve made our point

This fella saved his mayhem for finals — you remember what a final is, don’t you West Ham?

In the 2012 Champions League final, Drogba single-handedly… actually, there are no words needed, you already know.

7 Mohamed Salah

Probably causing mayhem somewhere this very moment

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Probably causing mayhem somewhere this very moment

The Hammers got a first-hand look at Salah’s mayhem earlier this season when he scored twice in a 4-1 win at the London Stadium.

With Senegalese superstar Sadio Mane on the opposite wing, Liverpool don’t exactly share Henry’s outlook when it comes to African players.

And, which club is doing better in the league again?

Conclusion: Tony Henry and West Ham would be a lot better off with some ‘mayhem’ in their lives


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