5 West Ham United Storylines To Follow As Season’s End Nears
West Ham United: 5 Storylines To Follow As Season's End Nears
West Ham United’s season seems to be taking a turn for the better after winning three games on the trot as the club looks to carry its momentum forward through the rest of season and aim for a strong finish. The season has seen some fine results, like the 0-3 thumping of Tottenham at White Hart Lane, but the team has not been able to string together a series of decent performances and consequently suffered embarrassing exits in the domestic cups – including an unforgettable 0-9 aggregate loss against Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City.
The club’s fortunes looked very bleak after a streak of disappointing results in the Premier League, following a 3-0 win against fellow London club Fulham; the team is currently placed last in the League table. A run of five defeats and two draws following that victory threatened fears of relegation, but after a resolute performance against Chelsea last month, the team looks a different, rejuvenated unit and thoroughly deserves its ongoing short winter break in the famous Dubai Sports City Football Academy.
The Hammers were beaten soundly by Nottingham Forest, as the club unceremoniously exited out of the FA Cup. But the latest League win against Norwich City has brought back belief into a dressing room that is brimming with confidence after shooting into the top half the table.
There are a few key aspects to look forward to as the club prepares to continue its battle for distancing itself from the relegation zone against a strong Southampton side when the League returns to action after the upcoming FA Cup and Champions League fixtures.
5. Will Big Sam Face The Axe?
Fulham’s Rene Meulensteen became the latest causality of the League, as the club decided to fire him after a short stint filled with indifferent results. It would be interesting to see if Sam Allardyce manages to hold on the job until the end of the season, or if the clamor for getting rid of him grows louder in case the club fails to maintain its current form.
4. Andy Carroll’s Form
Andy Carroll’s return from injury has been punctuated by an unfortunate three-match suspension for a red card in the match against Swansea and the club’s failure to get the punishment overturned will have left him infuriated and hurting. He needs to put the incident behind and concentrate on driving the club forward through a relatively difficult run of fixtures ahead.
3. Will The Run Of Clean Sheets Continue?
Goalkeeper Adrian has become a sensation with the fans after a run of four consecutive matches with a clean sheet, and will be hoping to continue the fine streak in the upcoming games.
2. Relegation Battles
The difference between last-placed Fulham and West Ham is only eight points and as the relegation battle continues to tighten with each round, the Hammers need to avoid another wretched run in order to stay away from a tense fight for survival during the last few matches of the season.
1. Performance Against The Big Guns
West Ham faces crucial games against Everton, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal in the League before May, and the club’s performances in these four matches might have an influence on its hopes of finishing in a respectable position in the table, as well as on the tight race for the title and Champions League spots at the top.