Three things West Ham must do to beat Southampton

Things have been far from plain sailing so far this season for West Ham.

They were knocked out of Europe by Astra Giurgiu, the second time in as many years, before missing out on a number of high profile transfer targets.

Moving to their new home was meant to be a step in the right direction too but as we’ve all seen, the London Stadium has had far from an easy start to life as a Premier League football ground.

Then, thrown into the mix, the club’s awful start to this season has only aggravated matters and the club find themselves in a pretty difficult situation.

Nevertheless, the club have the chance to start turning things around this weekend against Southampton and here at FootballFanCast we think these three¬†things will allow them to take the win…

Start brightly

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The Hammers fans need to be appeased quickly after what’s happened so far this season and a quick start would certainly do that. They got underway quickly against Watford but threw it away, so this time they need to do that and hold onto it against the Saints. The crowd want to make the atmosphere like it was at Upton Park but the players need to do their bit too.

Give the ball to Payet

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As obvious as it sounds in West Ham’s current plight they should just give the ball to the man who is still making things happen. Payet won the game against Accrington Stanley in the EFL Cup with a classy free kick and also produced a sublime rabona assist against Watford so his confidence clearly is still there. He has the ability to win games alone and that’s what the team need to start doing.

Roll the dice up front

ASHLEY FLETCHER

Simone Zaza was meant to be the answer to West Ham’s striking woes with Andy Carroll still having injury worries but he looked very out of place against West Brom last weekend. He still has time to settle in of course but the Hammers need a fix quickly and it could come in the form of Ashley Fletcher. The youngster has no fear, and that’s what the club need most.