Despite beginning the campaign in rather promising fashion, Slaven Bilic’s West Ham outfit have nonetheless failed to assert themselves in the league of late, most recently experiencing three consecutive scoreless draws.
Although the Hammers defence seems to be performing their duties admirably well at the back, the East End side now look incredibly short of goal-scoring form as they go about their weekly business. With several promising key men left frustratingly out injured at this particular stage in the proceedings, it remains difficult to figure out just how West Ham will push on from here.
So then, as three back-to-back 0-0 results would have potentially signalled mass negativity down at Upton Park had Big Sam Allardyce still been in charge of the team – do the Boleyn Ground faithful ultimately deserve to see more from their side this season?
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Yes, Bilic’s side look like a completely different outfit with the likes of Andy Carroll and Nikica Jelavic leading the line, and have in-fact reverted to some of their previous long-ball tactics – but because of a series of ill-timed injuries to afflict the current Hammers squad in recent weeks, it would ultimately seem naïve to expect anything else from the team right now.
Each of Diafra Sakho, Manuel Lanzini, Winston Reid, Victor Moses and not to mention a certain Dimitri Payet, have left a massive void in the West Ham squad since being left out of Slaven Bilic’s first choice starting XI. If even a brief selection of those players had been made available for the team’s last three domestic fixtures in the Premier League, some of those draws would have easily been converted into wins.
Although less illustrious names – such as Nikica Jelavic, for example – seem to experience their fair share of criticism regardless of whatever happens out on the pitch, nearly every player performing under Slaven Bilic has put in a great shift for their side of late, leaving the Upton Park faithful with very little cause for complaint.
Many expected the Hammers to find themselves near the bottom of the league table after taking the gamble on their new manager this summer. People believed that the decision to part ways with Sam Allardyce would prove a costly one at best – but as West Ham have looked nowhere near likely to be relegated this season, maybe all disgruntled Hammers fans really need is just a good old fashioned dose of perspective.
When the majority of Bilic’s injured stars return to first team action this season, the East End outfit will likely find themselves thriving in the Premier League once again. The team arguably deserve a great deal of credit for not letting in a single goal in their last three league outings, despite operating with almost half of their strongest starting XI
What West Ham require right in the here and now is simply the maintained support of their fans– for although Slaven Bilic’s side have most definitely lost their momentum in recent weeks, at least the team aren’t losing and are still fighting for their supporters.
The Upton Park faithful would have every right to complain if their side were failing to give their all out on the pitch in terms of effort and determination, but as such a negative outcome is seemingly yet to take place, now is not time for West Ham fans to turn their back on the team.
With the continued backing of their loyal fan-base, this West Ham squad will shine once again with a number of their injured players back in the first team fold for Slaven Bilic.