Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes West Ham have a very big problem lying ahead of them in the form of their next six Premier League fixtures.
The Hammers opened their Premier League account with a defeat to Newcastle on Saturday.
It was a very bland, turgid performance at the London Stadium from David Moyes’ side. And if the West Ham fans weren’t worried before the game, they certainly will be now.
We have already sold one of our best young players to a direct Premier League rival. Our defence looks worse than ever and aside from Tomas Soucek, no new faces have arrived at the London Stadium as yet.
There are still 20 days left until the transfer window slams shut of course. So a lot can change between now and then.
Could be a struggle ahead…
But Paul Merson suggested the really fears for the Hammers, when writing his column for Sky Sports yesterday:
“West Ham had to beat Newcastle. It was their cup final! Look at their fixtures! I’m not being horrible, but what results are they going to get? I know people say there’s a long way to go, but that’s such a cruel start for them. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that. People will say: ‘It all equals out’ but you want it the other way around. You want confidence going into hard games. I do feel for them, I really do.”
Merson is spot on. Our next six fixtures are Arsenal away, Wolves at home, Leicester away, Tottenham away, Manchester City at home and Liverpool away.
Even the most positive of West Ham fans will be concerned about those matches.
It’s not all bad, however. At the end of last season we beat Chelsea and drew away at Manchester United. The Hammers were playing some really nice stuff. And if we play to our full potential, we can give anyone a game.
One thing that would help massively with the confidence of the players, however, is some new signings.
Let’s just hope that David Moyes can get a few names through the door before next month’s transfer deadline. Because everyone is in need of a really big boost.