West Ham hitting new lows. But what has gone wrong ?

September 25, 2016 in Uncategorized


West Ham United sit third from bottom following their disastrous start to the season.

Of their initial six games, five have been lost and only one three-pointer has been brought home.

Today, a 3-0 home defeat to Southampton left manager Slaven Bilic with further misery to deal with. And who saw that coming?

Weren’t the Hammers supposed to displace Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea as London’s leading club?

The move to the Olympic Park, Dimitri Payet’s stay and Simone Zaza’s arrival from Juventus should have given the club a new dimension, after all.

But their worst start to the season in fourteen years tells us the opposite.image

And to make matters worse Charlie Austin, whom they rejected in January because of his poor fitness record, opened the lead today.

So where is it all going wrong?

Payet, a far cry from last season’s superstar

Dimitri Payet’s rise from ‘inconsistent’ at Olympique Marseille to West Ham talisman was one of the major talking points last season aside Leicester City’s fairytale Premier League win.

He mesmerized the Hammers fans with his talismanic displays, iconic free-kicks and his self-belief was infectious.

Everybody around him benefited from his magical performances. His dedication and hard graft were spot on.

He lifted West Ham to new heights and almost led them to the Champions League single-handedly.

But this season he only is the shadow of that divine figure.

As a result, West Ham look toothless and lost short of his inspirations.

Have his heroics at the European Championships and the interest from Real Madrid and PSG gone to his head?

If before long he doesn’t wake up from his deep slumber, there is no chance the East London outfit will recover from the current disease.

He is the best they have had since Bobby Moore and Paolo di Canio.

Payet is West Ham. West Ham is Payet.

No Payet no party. It even rimes.

Upton Park nostalgia. Relocation depression

It’s no secret that West Ham suffer away from their old ground. By captain Mark Noble and Bilic’s own admissions.

Away from Utpon Park the club has recorded three defeats in four games. Against FC Watford, FC Southampton and Astra Giurgiu.

Since relocating, the players (and the fans) look like aliens in a foreign land.

At the old ground they broke opponents down more easily and dominated most of the games last season while here they even struggle to create goal chances let alone score.

Upton Park was a fortress for the Hammers.

Fans were closer to the pitch which generated a sublime atmosphere.

While for West Ham’s opponents on the other hand, the atmosphere was hostile and intimidating.

Now, whoever travels to London Stadium hasn’t got to deal with past defeats and nightmares.

The clock is reset and everybody wants to make history by winning their first ever game there.

It’s needless to say way easier to fare where you have never lost before.

Or in West Ham’s case, where you have won thousands of game like at the old Boleyn Ground.

The West Ham board thought to have reached the climax by moving to Stratford but all it has done is backfiring.

The new signings aren’t that good

Are Calleri, Nortdveit, Tore and Masuaku really what West Ham needed to take the club to new heights? Is Zaza playing to his strengths? Is he given time to adapt? Why buying Ayew if he is injury-prone?

Adrian

In difficult times, a goalkeeper should never be blamed or judged, true. As he is only as good as his team is.

And to start with, West Ham’s defence is shaky, their midfield vulnerable and their attack is lacking a cutting edge and creativity.

But Adrian is enduring his worst start to a campaign since dislodging Jaaskelainen three years ago.

He has a mistake or two in him every game and isn’t the commanding stopper from older days.

In the past he salvaged his side on many occasions  thanks to brilliant saves whereas now he is a reflection of Payet and co. Only one clean sheets in six games.

Why not trying Darren Randolph for a fresh start? Adrian is looking as insecure as anyone.

Last season, teams travelled to Upton Park with trepidation and to avoid conceding too many goals.

Now whoever touches down in Stratford will dub it a ‘failure’ not to come away with the three points.

And this must change swiftly for Slaven Bilic’s men unless they don’t mind being involved in a relegation dogfight come next spring.

The solution? Moving back to Upton Park, not buying Calleri, Tore and Arbeloa but other players instead aside a fit-again Andy Carroll and a reinspired Payet.

But as some of these options are impossible, Bilic has to come up with new and innovative ideas.

Zaza appears to have lost his ruthless finishing touch and as long as he doesn’t open his West Ham goal account, things will deteriorate for the club.

He has every tool in his repertoire and it’s Bilic’s mission to unlock it.

That said, getting Payet going again and Carroll fit are West Ham’s only ways out from turmoil.

The West Ham board is ruthless and patience is running out.

Although the decline not entirely being Bilic’s fault he has to get his side tick and back to winning ways again before it’s too late.

If results do not keep on going West Ham’s way, not only will he lose the dressing room but also the fans.

And despite the birth of his new baby girl during the week, Bilic is a lonely man these days.

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