West Ham: Relegation Candidates

West Ham United currently sit 18th in the Barclays Premier League and are only one point away from climbing out of the relegation zone, the only problem with this is that so are the other 2 clubs behind them and both Cardiff & Sunderland are posing a more attacking threat, and even if West Ham did claim the point that would take them above Fulham they would still be 2 behind Stoke. Now the gap between 20th place Cardiff City & 10th place Swansea which shows the up and down nature of this season thus far.

Big Sam has a massive task ahead of him as West Ham have only scored 4 goals in January whilst being on the end of a massive 6-0 thumping by Manchester City (which is nothing to be worried about as City have played some brilliant football this season) and a 5-0 humbling in the FA Cup by Nottingham Forrest meaning that they conceded 21. So what have been West Hams problems? And how do they sort them? Well you have to point to the obvious lack of Goals. Their top scorer in the league is Carlton Cole with a lowly 5, this is the same striker who didn’t have a future with the club at the end of last season and was hastily re-signed when an injury occurred to record signing Andy Carroll. The Hammers would have expected more from Kevin Nolan as well, whose physical presence as always caused defences around the premiership problems but it seems the former Bolton front man has had issues off the pitch which have affected his performances and has also seen him dismissed twice this season. Nolan, along with the now fit Carroll, Joe Cole & Mark Noble all need to lift themselves and the team by at least 50% if West Ham are to stand a chance of staying up.

Two new recruits in the shape of Marco Borriello & Antonio Nocerino may also help to keep West Ham up but without some serious money spent on their defence in the last few days on the window it may all be in vain. Stuart Downing is another who needs to look at his performances this season as he simply hasn’t been good enough, this was a lad who before his move to Liverpool was one of the hottest properties in English football but he struggled at Anfield and his confidence has never recovered. Ravel Morrison started the season like a man possessed but has faded away once the spotlight was shone in his direction, a theme that’s prevalent throughout his short career to this point. James Tomkins is another baffling case. He is a product of the fabulous academy system there but he has been highlighted more than for his fights in nightclubs than the talent he has.

If we are honest in the pre season predictions we didn’t see West Ham involved in a relegation battle but unless things change at Upton Park it’s a very real possibility.

Ryan

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