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Former West Ham outcast explains ‘irritating’ Hammers stay

Marco Borriello has spoken on his struggles whilst a West Ham player.

Italian journeyman Borriello, 32, spent a spell on loan at the Boleyn Ground in the 2013/14 season, and he has told Gazzetta dello Sport what ‘irritated’ him about his stay in East London.

Quoted by Sport Witness, the Italian striker said: “I went to West Ham, staying out there for a month and a half. One day I said to the coach, 'I see Sky [TV] in Rome, I did not come here to watch the games on TV.'

“Only the absence of [Andy] Carroll allowed me and Cole on the field. One thing irritates me. It happened on a rest day, I went to train alone.”

Despite arriving at the Boleyn Ground in January 2014 on loan until the end of the season, for a fee of €700,000, Borriello ended up making just two substitute appearances for the Irons.

In consecutive 2-0 victories over Aston Villa and Norwich, Borriello was substituted into the game at half-time. He did little to impress, and after receiving an injury keeping him out for the next two games, he failed to even be included in the squad for the remainder of the season.

Admittedly the Hammers were struggling against the drop, and Sam Allardyce was wise not to throw untested players into high-intensity fixtures. But that begs the question of why the club even signed the ageing forward in the first place, with the Hammers head coach clearly not keen on using him in their Premier League campaign.

He has since returned to Serie A, and has spent this season with AS Roma, making just five appearances across all competitions - with his team failing to win a single game in which he has featured.

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