So after an excellent start to our Premier League campaign, we’ve hit a little dry patch over the last few weeks maybe missing out on points we should have picked up.
We are still lying in a great position in the league and if someone told me this is where we would be at this point at the start of the season I wouldn’t have believed them. I think the main problem we have been having of late is the fact we’ve had so many injuries in the squad with the main absentees being Diame, Carroll, Vaz Te and Collinson, and we haven’t really seen much of Diarra since his move so hopefully we can get these back fit and playing.
With the January transfer window opening, hopefully we can add to the talent we already have to make it a bigger and stronger squad, with it running to the thinnest I think I have seen a West Ham squad in all my years as a West Ham fan. I also think it would be advantageous to add more attacking options to help us in the goal scoring area which has been our main problem this season in my opinion. I personally feel we will need to hit around the 42 to 44 point mark to remain in the Premier League this season which is higher than normal, but I feel with the start we have had and the way we are defending this is very achievable for a team like West Ham.
We are sitting just below midtable and looking in good shape if you compare us to the likes of Southampton, Reading, Wigan and QPR. When you look at out defensive record compared to some of the teams I have just mentioned, it is far superior and this is all down to the hard work that Sam Allardyce has put in. When you look at our fixtures in January, I think at least 12 points is the minimum we could ask for in that run.
The Man Utd game is a cup game so this could be a chance for some young boys to have a run out as I think our main focus is the Premier League. The Arsenal away game, re-arranged from Boxing Day, which is our hardest game in January but with home games against Norwich and QPR, we must be looking at three points from each of these games and getting similar results in our away games against Sunderland and Fulham.
I definitely feel that our January run is our time to make strides and get back on the run we had at the start of the season which will link in to our games in February. Also we want to be looking at the end of the season (May) where we play Newcastle at home, Everton away and Reading at home.
By the way the league has gone so far this season both Newcastle and Reading are going be in a dog fight come the end of the season and these are six points which could be priceless. Whether we finish in the top half, mid-table or 17th in the league, I will be a very happy Hammer this season.
I do think, however, our great start to the league may have got us all carried away. What we have to remember is that we are a newly-promoted team in the Premier League again and what we must want is safety in the league and then move on. Don’t get me wrong I would be more than happy for us to finish further up the league and I have full faith that we will, but whatever the outcome safety is in our hands now and we do look strong.
As a West Ham fan I can personally take a lot away from this season. We have became a solid, hard-to-beat team, something that has long been lacking at West Ham. To sum up how I feel. I’m excited at what is happening and what could potentially come in the Premier League and as we pass the halfway point of the season it’s onwards and upwards for us.