Raggy On Future

Raggy Soma says he has spoken to Glenn Roeder about his Hammers career - and has been reassured with what he heard.

Raggy has been left out of recent squads but says: "I have spoken to Glenn and what has been said is between me and him - but I am happy with what has been said.

"I have to work hard every week to get my spot back in the squad and I have to rely on what I know I can do well.

"I need to perform as well as I can in the reserves and it is a matter of showing what you are made of every week and doing the best in every session - it is all about hard work and that is what I have to do.

"The manager picks the best 16 or 17 players and it is what you do during the week that gets you there."

Raggy's last display was in the 7-1 defeat at Ewood Park, and he says: "The Blackburn game was a hard one to deal with; it was a poor performance, but then we had the three consecutive games where we won.

"We are not that bad a side as we showed before and we know Blackburn is a team we should at least get a draw with."

It was not however, Raggy's worst defeat as a player, and he admits: "I have been in a team that lost 10-0 when I was a semi-professional playing for Bryne against Rosenborg.

"You learn from mistakes, although we didn't learn too much after the Everton game.

"But in the end we got those three wins in a row and if we can build on that things should look up."

Meanwhile, Raggy says that if West Ham do follow up interest in fellow Norwegian Azar Karadas by giving him a trial, it would be a smart move.

"He is good and can play both striker and centre half," says Raggy, "but I think he has done the best as a centre half.

"I don't know what the thinking is but he is a good young player and has already got one or two caps for the full national side - he has got what it takes."