No bones about it, yesterday against Bournemouth, we dropped 2 points. We had all the opportunities to go 2 or 3 goals up, however we couldn’t finish them off successfully. This happens in football, but I think the owners are playing a dangerous game by waiting for moves when we are playing teams around us! Upcoming fixtures against Brighton and Watford are 6 pointers, and we may well have missed an opportunity to go into these games with a bolstered and settled squad, unknown entities and the ability to rotate our squad with more than youth players.
The central midfield issue is glaringly obvious and it is one that has bitten us in the backside numerous times this season. Kouyate’s season is something that I think has been covered enough both in articles and the excellent West Ham Way Radio Show (free little un forced plug for you guys there!) but it is blindingly obvious that he has been either killed and replaced by his doppelgänger, or he simply had a Jason Bourne esque accident and has lost all his skills instead of his memory!
We have a great attacking line up, on our day – but when you have the injury prone players of Carroll, Sakho and Ayew. Combined with the seemingly long term injury of Antonio (that was inevitably coming).
What I thought before the Bournemouth game, was that we needed to spend on a striker and central midfielder (I can hear the laughs already). But with Lanzini’s injury and a rumoured Carroll spell on the sidelines we now need to lengthen the list…..Lanzini has been vital for us over his seasons at the club, and our recent points and positive performances have largely been down to him and Arnie’s link up play. With Lanzini out, we now have to change our system or spend on a similar creative player and I wonder if signing sooner in the window would have been the much smarter option for us!
I’m @StevenMcCarthy9 and let’s all get behind the team and hope we can climb up the table!