Jermaine Jenas suggested that West Ham are in real trouble, and predicted that the east London outfit will not get more than three points between now and mid April, when writing a column for the Express.
The Hammers have all sorts of problems at the moment. They are languishing inside the bottom three, one point adrift of safety and things could be set to get a whole lot worse.
David Moyes’s side face trips to Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham and home games against Southampton, Wolves and Chelsea in their next seven fixtures.
It’s not all doom and gloom for West Ham, however. They did make some decent signings in January. Aside from Darren Randolph, Tomas Soucek and Jarrod Bowen arrived at the club last month, and Moyes will be hoping that they hit the ground running.
Jenas isn’t convinced though.
The former Tottenham, Newcastle and Nottingham Forest midfielder suggested that the Hammers will be lucky to accumulate another three points by mid April, when writing a column for the Express:
“West Ham are having one. Look at their fixtures. Man City and Liverpool away. Resurgent Southampton, not easy, at home. Arsenal and Spurs away and Wolves at home. They are not getting more than three points until mid-April. It will probably go down to the last game of the season. Everything you hear about at clubs who get relegated you are hearing about West Ham. It’s the horrible mix they have. I am worried. Once it turns toxic there, I don’t see many players big enough to handle that scenario from those fans. It’s messy. The ability is there. Is the mentality?”
Jenas hits the nail on the head here. West Ham certainly have the quality in their squad. But do they have the fight, spirit and mentality needed to avoid the drop? Only time will tell.
But as things stand, the outlook is bleak for the Hammers.
West Ham did perform a miracle escape way back in 2007, when the team looked as good as relegated with 10 games still to play. And the class of 2020 need to channel the mentality and fighting spirit of that team from 13 years ago, if they are to avoid relegation this season.