I’m writing this with a heavy heart after a disastrous spuds result, so bear with me. Being a West Ham supporter is more than just supporting a football team, it’s a way of life. We have endured a very long barren spell but yet the love grew stronger. The appointment of Super Slav has been a revelation and its brought a new found excitement around the club where we can’t wait for our beloved Hammers to strut their class! The boys are back and they’ve been romancing us on the pitch!
We are but a few weeks in and the question already comes, have we made any improvement? We have been amazing during the start of the season but on a similar points level than last season. It is always hard to tell if real improvements have been made early on. Our results have been a bit erratic with historical away wins and some dodgy form at home against lesser opposition. We need to remember the last 3 premier league clubs Sam left all went down soon after. I never felt safe under Sam but I do get a feeling it’s different with Super Slav at the helm.
Super Slav said we will improve game by game and he has kept true to his promises. We have been great at times and have been really struggling at times. Playing great football takes balls and it will take time to get a natural passing game as first instinct. It can be seen in the results that we’ve achieved by fighting back from 2-0 down to claim a draw against Sunderland and send Advocaat packing, winning against an inform Palace, then taking Chelsea apart at home and then following it up with a pathetic 2 – 0 away defeat against Watford.
I felt that we started to get some real momentum and direction against Everton but then the horrendous tackle from the Everton filth McCarthy took Payet out of the equation. The tackle on Payet should have been a straight red. He tried to run it off but ended up giving the ball away cheaply only for Lukaku to score an equalising goal. Lanzini tried to take Payet’s role but he could not really provide the same fluidity in our play.
Our last game against Spuds just reminded me of how much we hate losing against them. Our team looked like a Championship side on the pitch and a fan got stabbed of the pitch. It is one of the most painful matches that I’ve watched in a long time. Everyone’s starting to point fingers at Slav maybe not being up to it or the players are not all that good to start of with. I would hate to turn on our players. They need our backing now more than ever! I would agree that we need to be more flexible with our formation and also our personnel. Playing Andy Carroll as a lone striker goes against everything that we currently want to achieve. We need Sakho up front to run the defenses ragged and Andy needs to make peace that he can only play of the bench or in a totally different system. He is not the energetic striker who will run in behind the defense, neither will he take opponents on. He is a brilliant target man and that is the end of it, no use to change him now and take away the one thing he is good at. Our embarrassing loss to spuds highlighted the necessity to move away from hoof ball.
Payet out for another 3 months and Enner also out for 8 weeks does not look good. The time is now for the larger squad to make themselves count and get a starting spot on the field. Song will be back for our WBA match and we’ve got the players to take the points. Slav will need to be brave and play Sakho through the middle. It will fix most of our problems and with Song moving into the midfield, with Noble suspended, we will have the cover to allow the brilliant Lanzini to roam around with Moses and Antonio offering power and pace down the side.
I’ve got faith in our squad, Super Slav needs to be brave and we will be fine. The sooner we forget the spuds result the better. Sitting 6th is definitely not the end of the world, I guess Chelsea would swap with us. We all knew we would get bad results, It’s time to stick with our man and back him to the top! Onwards and upwards we go!