The January blues might be kicking after the busy festive period but there is plenty to look forward to at West Ham United this week.
December was superb for West Ham.
In fact it was the club’s most prolific month ever in the Premier League in terms of points.
Manuel Pellegrini led the Hammers to five wins from seven in that period.
But a chasening 2-0 defeat to Burnley last time out has focused a few minds that West Ham are far from the finished article.
The Hammers have endured two torrid seasons at their new London Stadium home since leaving Upton Park.
Plenty to look forward to for Hammers fans
And this season threatened to be heading the same way when Manuel Pellegrini started his tenure with four straight defeats.
West Ham have turned things around though and will very much be looking up rather than down this term.
The loss at Turf Moor put a dampener on things for the Hammers going into a new year as it stopped them from climbing to seventh.
But there is plenty to look forward to this week alone.
New club record capacity
West Ham entertain Brighton at the London Stadium on Wednesday night.
The game will mark the first match where the club has been able to operate with a 60,000 capacity which will be a new club record home attendance.
Samir Nasri debut
While Brighton is expected to come too soon both in terms of paperwork and fitness, new signing Samir Nasri looks likely to make his debut against Birmingham in the FA Cup at the weekend.
The playmaker became Pellegrini’s first January signing on New Years Eve (whufc.com).
He is the Chilean’s 11th signing since taking over in the summer and provides a much needed body and midfield quality given West Ham’s terrible injury problems.
Xande Silva full debut
After making his Premier League bow in the defeat at Burnley, exciting young striker Xande Silva looks set to earn his full debut against Brum in the cup.
Pellegrini will take the opportunity to mix things up with a combination of experience and youth. Silva will be hoping to prove his worth after shining for the U23s.
West Ham fans are excited by the youngster and he came close to scoring during his cameo against Burnley.
Let’s see what he can do against Birmingham.
Claret pitch surround at London Stadium
There has been speculation that the now infamous pitch surround at the London Stadium will replaced by the planned claret covering at some stage during the first week in January.
Whether it is ready in time for the game against Brighton remains to be seen.
Much has been made of the claret carpet but it will certainly make the stadium feel more like West Ham’s home. For supporters the more claret the better.
Watch this space.