The 24 year old Turkish international has suffered a quadriceps muscle problem which will keep him out of the lineup, much to the delight of some fans, for at least a month. Twitter was abuzz with celebration when the injury was announced. Here are some gems:
Breaking. #Tore out for at least six weeks apparently. We'll miss him....like a hole in the head! #whufc #coyi— Allen Cummings (@AllenCummings6) October 9, 2016
Ah ha. Finally an injury that won't be devastating. Apparently Tore is injured!!! #WHUFC #COYI— Zombie Rocker (@ZombieRocker86) October 11, 2016
Don't wish bad on anyone but... Tore ruled out for 5 weeks with a leg injury #whufc— Jess Rumsey (@WhuJess) October 11, 2016
Personally, I don’t understand all the Töre hate. He was Man of the Match in the 1-0 victory over Bournemouth to kick the season off, putting an assist to his name. I know he’s been in poor form over the last few weeks but other than a few bright spots, who has been? Of course, there’s no excuse for bad passing and losing possession in your own half but poor play is like the common cold in a locker room. It’s infectious.
People forget who Gökhan Töre is and what he can mean for a team. At Besiktas last year he was part of what was considered a three-headed dragon that comprised of Mario Gomez, Jose Sosa, & our own Gökhan Töre. This triumvirate led the Black Eagles to a league title. Many eyebrows were raised when all three were let go to play elsewhere, and coincidentally, all three are in poor form at the moment. Töre’s time at Besiktas culminated in 19 goals and 28 assists in all competitions. There’s a reason West Ham paid £2.5 million upfront with a future £10 million buyout clause option. He can change the look of a team.
And no, West Ham will not terminate his loan early. Bilic comes to us from Besiktas where him and Tore became close. Bilic wanted his star man here with him and Gökhan often refers to Slaven as a father figure.
Gökhan Töre will reward West Ham for their patience, but he better hurry, because it’s quickly wearing thin.