BBC presenter Gary Lineker and pundit Ian Wright were left stunned on BBC Match of the Day at West Ham’s form after they suffered their third defeat in four games against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League.
The Hammers have endured a difficult and tumultuous campaign in the English top flight so far this campaign, and their latest defeat to Wolves meant they are now languishing down in the relegation zone with just 15 points from 19 games.
After a successful campaign last term, many expected David Moyes and his men to build on that with another impressive season after an ambitious summer spend on the likes of Gianluca Scamacca, Lucas Paqueta and Nayef Aguerd.
And Lineker and Wright expressed their disbelief at the Hammers’ current form and plight, despite the abundance of talent in Moyes’ squad.
Speaking on Match of The Day [14 January, 1:04:20], Lineker asked: “Just one point from seven games now for West Ham, I never saw this coming this season did you?”
Former Arsenal and Crystal Palace striker Wright responded stating:
“No, I didn’t and then listening to Moyes saying he’s not worried, he’s not panicking yet but when you look at the players they’ve got: (Jarrod) Bowen, Scamacca) and (Declan) Rice, and (Said) Benrahma, you know they got quality players, (Lucas) Paqueta, and you do worry a little bit because you’re thinking well, when’s it gonna click?
“So fingers crossed, a massive game against Everton next week, it’s a massive one, they’ve gotta win that one.”
Indeed, considering the quality at Moyes’ disposal and their terrific achievements last year, it’s almost unprecedented that West Ham are going through such a spell.
Going through a bad spell is one thing, but going through it without your quality players performing at high levels consistently despite the trouble and perilous form is a whole matter entirely.
A good manager is one who gets the best out of the players at his disposal, and Moyes is certainly underachieving with the exciting group he currently possesses in his squad.
Players with international experience and European pedigree, and they’re still struggling to gel halfway through the campaign.
It is probably safe to argue that the only reason Moyes still remains in the dugout is because of his overachievements in the following campaigns in East London, but 18th is not where the Hammers should be. It is dreadful, and their performance levels currently only make things worse for Moyes.
The former Manchester United manager is currently walking a tightrope. Lose next week against his old and fellow strugglers Everton, and he may well be out of a job.