Burning Question

With Fredi Kanoute, Paolo Di Canio and Trevor Sinclair all currently on the injured list, do you think it is time for Titi Camara to be given his chance, or should Glenn Roeder look at other options to support Jermain Defoe in attack?

Your Replies:

Michael Fletcher, Dartford 
I think there wouldn't be any harm done in using Garcia or Sofiane. I watched the two lads in a reserve game against Tottenham the other week and they both seemed to be lively. It would good to know we have some quality strikers other than Paolo, Jermain and Fredi.

Gary St.Hilaire, Barking
After watching the highlights of the game against Liverpool, I have to ask why Titi Camara was not playing from the start? After all, he is an out and out striker and would have been a better target man than Trev or Jermain because of his size. If it's a case of him not being 100% match fit, then bring on the youngsters - Sofiane and Garcia - for them to gain experience when Titi runs out of steam. But I say give the man a chance, he used to be a 20-goal a season striker and, with Glenn feeding him confidence, he can be again. He can bring some Kanoute qualities to the team even if only for a short while.

James Borley, London
It's time for Titi Camara or Youssef Sofiane to lead the line with Defoe, instead of trying to play Jermain up on his own. We need to take the game to Oldham by playing two up front

Simon Tarrant, Frinton on Sea
Does a footballer become a bad player overnight? Camara, as far as I can remember, was a pretty good player at Liverpool. So if he is fit give him a chance and yes, give the younger players a chance also. It might make the more established players fight for their places in the first team.

Alex Sinclair, Hove
I believe Titi should be given the chance. It is hard for any striker, regardless of quality, to find form when they only play the last 10 or 15 minutes of a game. I also believe that we have some good young talent coming through but Titi should be given the chance to prove himself. I would also like to see Brent Rahim given a chance before the transfer window opens again in January. With regards to the Liverpool game, I feel Titi should have started from the start up front alongside Jermain, with Trevor Sinclair in his usual effective position. Anyway, looks like we might get the chance to blood some youngsters against Oldham!

Chris Saville, Coldstream
I think that Camara should get into the starting line up with Defoe. My only other thought is that Garcia netted three times playing with Australia in the last few friendlies they had and was also voted star man for at least one. I think even trying a 4-3-3 might work.

Tom Larkin, Brentwood 
It's definitely time for Titi! I thought his perfomance late in the game against Liverpool was very encouraging and I'm in no doubt that he's a class act. With West Ham in their current position it's a case of class, not experimentation, and I think Titi will perform. If either Defoe or Camara don't perform, then I'd love to see one of the youngsters used, but Titi needs a chance - his career depends on it!

Jose Gaitan, Perth, Western Australia
I think Glenn Roeder should give the young boys a go. I think Garcia would play well if given a chance. Garcia has played with Joe Cole and Michael Carrick in the youth team and I think he would fit into the first team nicely.

T Barwick, Benfleet
I would give Titi a start. If it works out it could almost be like having a new signing and would give the rest of the squad a boost. We're not exactly setting the world alight as far as goals scored are concerned so I can't see what there is to lose. The Oldham game is the perfect opportunity for him to start. If it doesn't pay off at least it's been tried. Points in the league are at a premium now so take a chance in the Worthington Cup...you never know!

Alex Derham, Reading
I think Titi's chance is long overdue. I saw him in pre-season and he looked razor sharp. He has also lost weight and is desparate for a first team start, just to prove himself. I feel Trevor Sinclair cannot team up with Jermain Defoe as there is nobody to win aerial balls, and with Titi's height I feel he could a sleeping giant within the Hammers squad.