West Ham managed to rescue a point at the John Smiths Stadium yesterday thanks to a second-half goal from summer signing Felipe Anderson.
Huddersfield had been in buoyant mood following their victory against Fulham on Monday night and Wagner’s men started brightly as Alex Pritchard opened the scoring with just their second goal at home this season.
West Ham were outplayed for most of the first-half and in truth, were lucky not to be more than 1-0 down going into half-time. Overall, there weren’t too many players who had a good half. In the second, however, it was a much better game for Pellegrini’s men and although they were unable to make it back to back victories, considering how poor they were at the start, a point was a fair result.
There were a host of players who could’ve been singled out for criticism throughout the whole game but the chief culprit of West Ham’s poor performance overall was Pedro Obiang.
The midfielder, who’s valued at £7.2 million, couldn’t really get into the game and although he’s shown promise at times this season, he still hasn’t really shown the ability needed of a starting midfielder.
With Declan Rice at the base, Pellegrini needs someone next to him who can help defensively while also being able to burst forward in attack. With January coming up, the West Ham boss should be looking to add to his midfield.
With a defence that is still improving and an attack that looks like it can trouble any side, the midfield is the only area that needs significant strengthening.