For a competition as demanding as the English Premier League it sure hands out its fair share of second chances, or in David Moyes’ case a third chance. If you missed it, the former Everton boss and Manchester United scapegoat has taken the reins of the struggling West Ham United following the sacking of Slaven Bilic. However, we aren’t too sure that a simple change of coach will solve their problems, instead we think some players need to lift their game.
Liverpool recorded the biggest win of the entire weekend against West Ham, and despite the Reds dazzle up front the Hammers’ defence certainly helped out the cause. For the majority of the campaign both Angelo Ogbonna and Winston Reid have struggled, and that statement is justified by the 23 goals they have conceded – the highest in the Premier League. Against Liverpool Ogbonna made no successful tackles whereas the Kiwi only succeeded once. David Moyes usually builds his teams with a strong backbone and there will definitely be some tinkering of the back-line over the international break.
Winston Reid trying to catch Salah and Mané for the first goal pic.twitter.com/aD6ovmHMZg
— Raj Chohan (@rajsinghchohan) November 4, 2017
My my, Chica
Here at Kickscribe we love Javier Hernandez, he has an incredible work-rate and desire, and if he finds himself in a goal scoring position, more often than not the Mexican scores. However, and there are going to be a lot of howevers in this ball of yarn, the Mexican has been under performing for the Hammers, to rather extreme degree, while remaining as one of their best. For instance, Hernandez has had a total of 19 shots at goal this season, but he has scored just four times, while Harry Kane is setting the benchmark with roughly 6.3 shots per game and a total goal tally of eight. We understand that is only four more, but when you take into consideration that Kane has had a total of 57 shots this season it really starts to show the disparity between the two players and the positions they find themselves in each week.
41 – All 41 of Javier Hernandez's PL goals have been from inside the box – only Tim Cahill has a higher 100% record (56/56). Poacher. pic.twitter.com/mHdTNNeA1l
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 28, 2017
Lanzini is a temptation, imagine working for one of the finest restaurants in Italy with the irresistible smell of food engulfing your sense s every single day, yet the caveat is that staff aren’t allowed to eat anything from said establishment. That creates the desire and want to taste, but also the disappointment of constant rejection. That right there is a drawn out analogy of Manuel Lanzini for West Ham supporters, because the Argentine has bundles and bundles of talent and ability but he is a flash in the pan. In a total of six matches this season, the South American has scored just once from a total of 11 shots, while his creative talents have been rather non-existent because not one of the Hammers’ 11 goals has been crafted by him. Lanzini could become a Steven Pienaar type player for Moyes if the Englishmen can unlock the application.
Manuel Lanzini’s goal for West Ham. pic.twitter.com/ttq03MHmqw
— Uber West Ham (@UberWestHam) November 4, 2017