Sears desperate to be involved

Sears may have played only a bit-part role in the Londoners’
season, but he was one of the team’s best performers during
Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Chelsea. The youngster gave England
left-back Ashley Cole a difficult time at Stamford Bridge in what
was his seventh Premier League start of the season. The forward
spent the first half of the season on loan at Scunthorpe, where he
failed to find the net in nine games, and has rarely lived up to
the hype that surrounded him since his debut goal against Blackburn
three years ago. The 21-year-old admits being a frustrated
spectator during the Hammers’ woeful season has left him desperate
to play some part in helping them avoid relegation. “It is never
easy playing against Chelsea or Cole but it was a good opportunity
for me to play as I have not played for a long time,” Sears said.
“I’ve not been playing and it has been frustrating. My last game
was against Burnley (in February) but I feel that I have been doing
well. I think I’ve impressed in training and have been working on
my game so hopefully that was my reward for the gaffer to give me
the nod. “We have four games to go and I want to play in all of
them. I would be lying if I said I didn’t. I feel that I have
something to give. The gaffer knows what I can do and how I can
help out the team and it would be nice to feel that I can.” West
Ham are currently in the midst of an injury crisis that is
threatening to hamper their bid to usurp the two-point gap that
separates them from safety. Matthew Upson and Scott Parker were
absent on Saturday while Mark Noble had to come off with a stomach
injury that could rule him out of part of the team’s run-in. Right
winger Gary O’Neil is also out with a serious ankle injury, but
Sears is confident he can fill the gap left by the former
Middlesbrough man. “I feel that I can stretch teams,” Sears said.
“The gaffer looks at me as having a bit of pace and I am a young
lad and he knows that I have high energy levels and that I will
work hard for the team. That is obviously a good thing for me.
“Gary has been doing very well on the right but he has got injured
so this is my chance to get in and stake my place.”