Jamie Carragher has delivered an excellent analysis of why West Ham United’s new system works so well.
West Ham finally won their first Premier League points under Manuel Pellegrini with a 3-1 victory at Everton on Sunday.
A brace from Andriy Yarmolenko and one from Marko Arnautovic secured Pellegrini’s first league win since taking over in the summer.
The three points lifted the Hammers off the foot of the fledgling table.
But more than all that was the performance in a new system which gives real hope for the rest of the season.
Pellegrini had been under fire for his tactics before the trip to Goodison Park.
‘We’ve seen evidence why West Ham spent the money’
Supporters and pundits felt his system was leaving the East Londoners far too exposed.
The Chilean clearly used the international break to reassess things, though.
There were changes in personnel and more importantly setup.
The difference was there for all to see.
But Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher delivered a brilliant assessment of just WHY it worked so well for the Hammers.
“This is a huge result for West Ham,” Carragher said on Sky Sports.
“I think we’ve seen evidence today the reason why they spent that money in the transfer market certainly with Anderson and Yarmolenko.
‘It has to be the system’
“But I really believe the system West Ham have played today it has to be the system throughout.
“It suits the players even another signing Jack Wilshere when he comes in he has to play in a three in midfield not a two.
“Means your wide players can play a lot higher (and they’ve got) great pace. You see the problems that front three has caused Everton today.”
Hammers fans will undoubtedly agree with Carragher.
The team looked a lot more comfortable and thoroughly deserved their unexpected victory.
Key to all of it working, though, was the mobility and willing run of Marko Arnautovic.
West Ham do not have a replacement for their star man and will be concerned after he limped off yet again with soreness behind his knee.