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West Ham should work on 2 major issues during the international break

Many Premier League fans mourn the temporary loss of Premier League football during the international break, but for West Ham United, it can be seen as a great opportunity to iron out some issues.

The Hammers have gone seven games in all competitions without a win, so Manuel Pellegrini will have plenty of things to work on.

Here are some suggestions for what they can work on during the break:

Supporting Sebastien Haller

Haller has cut an isolated figure at the head of West Ham’s attack far too often since joining in the summer.

When speaking to FFC, Tony Cottee recognised that the Frenchman needs more from his teammates going forward: “I think at times he’s been a little bit isolated up front, so he could do with a little bit of help, but I’ve been impressed.”

Whether they improve this by changing the formation so he has a strike partner, or simply getting the likes of Felipe Anderson and Pablo Fornals to play higher, West Ham need to find a way to get more support to their record signing.

If Haller has scored four goals and got an assist in the current circumstances, it will be brilliant to see what he can do with adequate support.

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A settled backline

The Hammers have been shipping goals in recent weeks, letting in six between the two games against Newcastle United and Burnley.

If Pellegrini is going to introduce David Martin as a way of improving this record – with Roberto having made big mistakes for two of those goals – now could be the perfect time due to the fact he will have a couple of weeks to prepare with the backline.

In addition, Pellegrini will need to decide who he is going to have in his back four, with Pablo Zabaleta having played twice before being swapped back out for Ryan Fredericks against Burnley.

Who should be partnering Issa Diop?

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Angelo Ogbonna

Fabian Balbuena

Fabian Balbuena

There is also the question of who will partner Issa Diop, with Fabian Balbuena having started the last three games after being benched for the previous four.

Now is the time to get some continuity going, in the hope it will help provide an extra layer of solidity.

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