Another week – another club in crisis.
This time it’s a previously high-flying one, one which almost qualified for the UEFA Champions League two seasons ago, and one that almost won the Europa League last season.
That’s right, it’s West Ham United.
Here’s a breakdown of why they are the 90min’s ‘Premier League crisis club of the week’…
What’s the crisis?
After two brilliant campaigns in the Premier League, David Moyes’ men have really struggled so far this season.
How much have they struggled, you ask? Well…
– One win in seven games.
– Three goals in seven games.
– 18th in the Premier League table.
– Accumulated the same amount of points as Nottingham Forest.
None of that is good.
It was all compounded at the weekend at Goodison Park. The Hammers were beaten 1-0 by a rather poor Everton team on Sunday, and deservedly so as, once again, they looked toothless in the final third.
Why are they in crisis?
Moyes playing the exact same starting XI for a third straight season despite spending £163m on new players in the summer certainly hasn’t helped.
The insistence on starting the underperforming players like Michail Antonio, Tomas Soucek and Jarrod Bowen, while their new signings like Gianluca Scamacca and Maxwel Cornet are sitting on the bench, really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. And it especially doesn’t make sense when it is blatantly obvious that other Premier League clubs have worked out how to play against Moyes’ long-standing starting line-up.
What can they do to rectify it?
START THE NEW SIGNINGS!
It’s really that simple. The starting XI badly needs a refresh, the out-of-form players need to be dropped, and the players that West Ham signed are really good.
Having scored the same amount of goals in the Conference League as the entire West Ham squad have scored in the Premier League, it’s clear that Scamacca can help rectify the club’s issues in front of goal. Cornet, meanwhile, is a proven Premier League quality player who deserves more game time than Bowen currently does.
If in the next few games Moyes refuses to make these changes, it may then be time to assess other managerial options. He’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but a manager like Brendan Rodgers would help a talented squad like West Ham’s thrive…