Kanoute ‘saddened’ by relegation-threatened West Ham

Former West Ham striker Frederic Kanoute is disappointed at the club’s Premier League position, lamenting that “they always seem to fall back into old routines.”

Kanoute played for the Hammers played for the London club from 2000-2003 after departing his hometown club of Lyon.

The striker scored 29 goals in 84 appearances for the Hammers before leaving after the 2002-03 season, when the Hammers were relegated out of the Premier League.

While the London club would make it back to England’s top flight within a few years, they suffered another drop a few years later, before their most recent return which saw them achieve some success under former manager Slaven Bilic.

But West Ham sit in 17th place this season, just two points above the relegation zone, and fired Bilic in favor of David Moyes.

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Kanoute is disappointed to see the club in danger of suffering relegation once more. However, he feels it follows a similar trajectory to what they’ve gone through in recent years.

“It’s sad,” Kanoute told Goal. “It’s a shame because sometimes they show improvement, above all when Bilic was the coach. When he was there, the club started to improve but unfortunately, it seems that they always fall back into old routines.

“I’ve got a lot of affection for them because it was my first foreign experience, when I decided to leave Lyon, my country. They welcomed me very well, it was an amazing experience, I learned a lot and it was my very first step in my career.”

After his time at West Ham ended, Kanoute would move across London to Tottenham, before a long stay at Sevilla and finishing out his career with Beijing Guoan.

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And the former Spurs striker had some words of encouragement for the club as they face a spell without their current No.9, Harry Kane as he recovers from an ankle injury.

“Spurs will have some problems with finishing in front of the goal because he is exceptional,” Kanoute said of Kane. “But I think that Tottenham is more than that. During the past years their evolution has been impressive.

“Since Pochettino has arrived, they’ve played another football, it’s a real team with a real tactical system. I think they can deal with Harry Kane absence.”

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