West Ham United’s season so far has become one of the many shocks of the Premier League campaign so far. Yet, it is early days, and one has to wonder can the Hammers hold onto their form and continue along all the way to perhaps the Europa League?
Many had written off West Ham’s season before it had even begun, especially with big Sam Allardyce at the helm of Upton Park. However, with a strong squad full of Premier League experience and a loan signing vying to prove the critics wrong, the Hammers have, so far, brought a breath of fresh air to England’s top division.
Despite a reputation of the long-ball tactic, Big Sam’s men have, for the most part, displayed their ferocious attacking play in style with Newcastle and Manchester City both losing precious points against the Hammers. Currently sitting pretty in 6th place in the league, West Ham have, based on the table standings, have not faced strong opposition, with City and Newcastle being the exception.
“Outstanding” is the term manager Sam Allardyce has used to describe his team’s start to the season. “A newly-promoted side picking up 18 points from 11 games is outstanding” claimed Allardyce. “But we need to make sure we don’t switch off and take life too easy now.” Complacency is the key for West Ham United this season if they wish to stay in the Premier League next season.
The big test for Allardyce’s men will be the stretch over the next month when they face Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea over a 7 day period. If the Hammers were to gain anything from them games, it would certainly be a testament to the strength of character of Kevin Nolan and company.