Whether it has been the addition of Europa Conference League games or simply just poor form, domestically David Moyes seems clueless about how to get consistency out of a team he had led to back-to-back top-seven finishes the two seasons prior.
The break comes at a good time, and with only a handful of Hammers selected to represent their countries, perhaps it could be used as an exercise to recharge and relearn some of the basic principles that allowed them to earn such success.
One player who is suffering, in particular, is Jarrod Bowen, with the English winger yet to come close to the blistering form of his 18-goal and 13-assist campaign last year.
The 25-year-old was subsequently not selected for England because of this form, which could add fuel for the wide man to up his performance and prove why he should have been on that plane.
Another factor that could spark him back to life is the potential introduction of a new winger in January, with reports circling in recent months that link Noa Lang with a move to the London Stadium.
The Dutchman plays off the left but enjoys cutting in onto his favoured right foot, the converse of Bowen, but actually boasts many similarities.
He is a fine goalscorer, and despite a slow start to this season with Club Brugge, has earned a place with the Netherlands to travel to Qatar.
It was this form in front of goal that led Football Talent Scout Jacek Kulig to label him “unstoppable”.
Across that campaign, despite getting 12 of his assists in the Belgian Pro League, he actually created 19 big chances whilst averaging 1.9 key passes a game, via SofaScore.
With his introduction to east London, it could alleviate some of the goalscoring burden that Bowen carries from the wide areas, whilst revitalising a team that has scored just 12 times in 15 games in the league.
Lang truly is the “phenomenon” that Belgium journalist Peter Vandenbempt dubbed him, and given his price tag sat as high as just €25m (£22m) in the summer it could mark a sensational coup for Moyes that could get his team firing once again.