Even though it's taken more than half the season for German midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger to make his debut for West Ham United FC, it couldn't have come at a better time for the Hammers. Nicknamed "Der Hammer" (The Hammer in English) for his punishing and accurate long range drives, Hitzlsperger comes as welcome boost for a West Ham United side that is trying to fight a relegation battle along with four or so other Premier League teams. Bought from Italian side Lazio in the previous Summer transfer window, it has taken Der Hammer more than half a season to debut for the Hammers due to an injury he picked up while on international duty for Die Mannschaft. His influence has been well noted, as all games that he's featured in he's left a significant impact on: his teammates, West Ham fans, media, pundits and opposition alike.
Although its only been three matches since he's made his mark for the Hammers, it seems that he's regaining his form that made him a media darling while at fellow EPL side Aston Villa. His return to the side has coincided with West Ham United's recent revival of form and his rocket shots against Burnely in the FA Cup and a punishing drive from 10 yards against Stoke City have been influentual in helping the Hammers try and battle relegation. Have a look at his stunning strikes and judge for yourself.
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By Marcel Abboud