Great things were expected of Anton as a youngster, and to be fair he has gone on to be a very solid and acceptable Premiership defender but I think it would be fair to say that he has never lived up to that early potential.
It now appears that he could be on the move this Summer back to the Hammers where he began his career, I feel the need to make this perfectly clear, all of this is probably on the understanding that they succeed in their current battle with relegation!
Ferdinand like his brother was a product of the prolific West Ham United youth academy, he joined them in December 2002 as a trainee and made his debut for the side the following August on the first day of the 2002-2003 season. He went on to be a top performer for the club and spent 5 seasons playing for the side, amassing 163 appearances.
In August 2008 the defender moved to Sunderland for a fee around £6million, manager Steve Bruce hailed it as a coup for the club and stated that the player would develop into a top England international. His time at Sunderland has been pretty consistent and aside from a few off the field incidents he has generally looked an assured player, he has never really gone on however to be the top player that many expected.
He has never gained a full England cap and at times recently has struggled to get into the Sunderland team due to disagreements with the management. He was not initially given a squad number at the club this season, but due to injuries he has forced his way back into the first team reckoning.
After the departure of Darren Bent it appears that the club might need to cut their wage bill to balance the books. Niall Quinn has stated on numerous occasions that the club is struggling financially due to various factors, so it is therefore not surprising that players may be on their way out of the club in order to bring in fresh faces this Summer.
A move to West Ham would be good for the player too, he was a good servant the side and was well liked by the fans. There is however that old adage about never going back, which may leave questions in the players mind. If he can knuckle down and put in a string of performances at 26 there is no reason that he cannot still turn himself into a quality player. Maybe not the big international name that was once expected, but he can still be a top Premiership defender.
The People point out that the biggest bonus for West Ham is that the player is a free agent this Summer and even though he is back in favour a new contract from Sunderland might not be forthcoming. Depending on his wage demands, he could be a great signing for the Hammers, that is providing they survive the drop!
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