At the beginning of the season, I had written down my Premier League predictions. Now with 19 games played, let’s look at West Ham and see how they’ve done. I had them finishing in 12th originally. At their current 19th position, it does seem a long way off, but if Andy Carroll can get fit, I am sure they can start to perform. Also don’t forget that the current 12th placed team is only two wins away from West Ham right now.
Here’s what I wrote about them in the preseason:
Mid-table … is a slip from last season’s finishing spot, but I think another season in the Premiership has to be the goal for Hammers fans for this season at least.
I think Hammers fans and Sam Allardyce will settle for my 12th-place prediction right now. The key for West Ham is just how quickly they can get the injured contingent back and who, if anyone, they can bring in during the January window.
I am not sure that a Capital One Cup semifinal against Manchester City is what they want going into the new tear. Certainly, a visit to Wembley in the final would be a good distraction, but I think 180 minutes of extra games are not what they want when their injury list is what it already is for West Ham.
Like Norwich, West Ham will have to make sure they are safe, or close to it going into April. Four of their final six games will see the at home vs. Tottenham and Liverpool, away to Arsenal as well as a season-closer at Manchester City.
Jason Bardwell is a Soccer writer for Rant Sport. You can follow him on Twitter @PACityboy or on www.facebook.com/jasonbardwell1979.