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Colchester United ‘perfect’ for Freddie Sears

West Ham United striker Freddie Sears has described his one-month loan at Colchester United as the ideal move.

The 22-year-old debuted for the U’s in Saturday’s 3-2 loss at Yeovil, playing 86 minutes, after making just four Hammers starts all season.

“I wanted to come out and play,” he told BBC Essex. “I needed to get games.

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“The way I look at it, for the month I’m a Colchester player, I’ll forget about West Ham”

Freddie Sears

“Colchester is perfect. It’s a good little club. I spoke to the manager who said he wants to play football and he’ll get me games.”

Sears arrived on the professional scene four years ago, scoring a debut goal in a 2-1 Premier League victory over Blackburn Rovers aged 18.

He went on to earn three England Under-21 caps, scoring once at that level, but has yet to fulfil his early promise, finding the net just two more times for the Hammers.

“It’s a learning curve,” he said of his switch to the League One side. “You come down to Colchester and you have to do everything properly.

“At West Ham everything’s done for you. But the way I look at it, for the month I’m a Colchester player, I’ll forget about West Ham.”

And he is keen to impress scouts who may be watching his progress in Essex, whether they are from his parent club or further afield.

He said: “Even if it’s not West Ham watching you there will be loads of people watching you. You go out, play games and express yourself.”

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Blackpool v West Ham preview

Team news for Tuesday night’s Championship clash between Blackpool and West Ham at Bloomfield Road (kick-off 8pm).


Nolan: Suspended for West Ham Nolan: Suspended for West Ham

Blackpool will be without Gary Taylor-Fletcher after the forward suffered a knee injury during Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Everton.

The 30-year-old was stretched off after colliding with Toffees goalkeeper Tim Howard and left Goodison Park on crutches while wearing a protective support on his leg.

Seasiders boss Ian Holloway, who is also set to be without Alex Baptiste after the full-back needed stitches in a leg wound picked up at the weekend, is awaiting the results of a scan on Taylor-Fletcher with trepidation.

“You always fear the worse when one of your lads get injured,” he told the Blackpool Gazette. “Fletch’s kneecap and thigh were going one way and the lower part of his leg was knocked back the other way – that normally means some ligament damage.

“Fletch’s knee is badly swollen and very sore. He has a cast on it and when it settles down we will see how he is. I have never seen anything like it in my life.”

Holloway hopes to have Matt Phillips back in contention following the winger’s two-match absence with a hamstring problem.

West Ham must do so without suspended duo Matt Taylor and Kevin Nolan.

Skipper Nolan serves the second game of a three-match ban following his dismissal in the derby against Millwall at the start of the month.

Left-winger Taylor begins a three-game suspension of his own after he was sent off in the 1-1 draw with Southampton.

Victory would move the Hammers above the Saints and manager Sam Allardyce believes his squad is capable of coping without Nolan and Taylor.

Recent signing Ravel Morrison captained the development squad to a 2-1 victory over QPR on Friday but Allardyce admits the former Manchester United prodigy will have to wait for his first-team bow.

Defender Guy Demel (thigh) could be included but midfielder Papa Bouba Diop (hamstring) is definitely out.

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