West Ham United have had a shaky start this season. The London club is bottom of the Premier League table after securing just 12 points from their 15 matches. And this is the stage when the League table starts to show it’s real colours. But is it the same West Ham who defeated a young and talented Man United team last week in the League Cup quarter final? And 4-0. A team that is capable of giving a side managed by Sir Alex Ferguson it’s biggest defeat in a decade is too good to get relegated from the Premier League.
In Avram Grant, they have a manager who has Premier League experience with Chelsea and Portsmouth in the past, the latter not being a memorable one as far as the League is concerned. At Chelsea, Grant inherited a team which did not need any transformation. His job there was easy as compared to now. At Portsmouth, he finished bottom of the League but had an amazing run in the FA Cup reaching the final but losing to his ex team Chelsea. His biggest trial is at West Ham, where he needs to save a ship that almost sunk last season. The Hammers desperately beat the drop last season under then manager Gianfranco Zola.
Before the season, many experts predicted West Ham to go down on the back of their performances last season. But im my opinion, they have all the players to prove the experts wrong. They needed to keep their best players at the club during the transfer window which they did. Successfully keeping Scott Parker, Matthew Upson, Robert Green and Carlton Cole at the club. Parker was Spurs’ transfer target , Robert Green was thought to be the answer of Arsenal’s goal keeping dilemma while Liverpool had their eyes on Cole. If these players can impress bigger clubs like Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool, then they are very good to play for a club like West Ham. The only influential player to leave Upton Park was Alessandro Diamanti who joined Brescia for £1.8m.
According to Grant, West Ham’s current problem could be solved if there new signing, not new really but yet to play for them in the league, Thomas Hitzlsperger gets fit. £4m signing Pablo Berrera is yet to impress. Ben Haim and Piquionne has followed Grant in his new club and have made the difference . So has Victor Obinna, on loan from Inter Milan who ripped apart Man United’s defense last week. But if it’s enough then why are they at the bottom of the league ? If they had even played half of their Premier League matches the way they played against United last week they wouldn’t have been in this position.
Just 14 goals this season and 4 of them away from home ( lowest in the league) seems to be their problem. They must target their home matches with teams like Wolves, Stoke, West Brom, Fulham and Blackpool to get the points in the bag just as they did last time out against Wigan. This is the basic principle of relegation threatened sides. It would be terrific to see West Ham stay in the Premier League. The sight of watching the passion at Upton Park is one of the best views of the Premier League and without it the League would be a bit jaded. But the next thing the Hammers need to do is get some tips from Mick McCarthy and beat Sunderland tomorrow.