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Pundit’s Choice: West Ham

Pundit’s Choice: West Ham

West Ham supporters have been pretty downbeat in recent times after seeing their team suffer defeat in each of their four Premier League games prior to the international break.

Manuel Pellegrini’s appointment as manager during the summer prompted much excitement and anticipation among Hammers fans, yet things simply haven’t gone to plan for the Chilean so far. His side have suffered defeat in all four of their league games so far this term in going down to Liverpool, Bournemouth, Arsenal, and Wolves, thus piling the pressure on the ex-Manchester City chief ahead of their trip to Marco Silva’s unbeaten Everton on Sunday.

And Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has had his say on the Hammers and their testing start to the campaign, in which he has stated that if Pellegrini’s team lose on Sunday, ‘they could be up against it’.

And while West Ham fans will not be thinking about a fifth straight defeat this weekend, the reality is that were that to happen, Merson is spot on to suggest that their side would be in serious trouble even at this early stage of the season.

Ultimately, it was always going to be tricky for the Hammers in the early stages of the season given the huge overhaul of players at the London Stadium during the summer, what with no fewer than ten players making the move to the East London club.

Thus, the Chilean certainly deserves time to implement his methods and get the squad gelling together to produce the goods for West Ham, but it doesn’t detract from what has been a worrying start to the season for the Hammers.

Yes, defeats away at Liverpool and Arsenal, the latter match in which they actually played quite well, were not entirely unexpected, but to lose at home to Bournemouth and Wolves, having not played particularly well in either game, is not a good sign at all, not least given the fixtures they have coming up.

After Sunday’s trip to Goodison Park, Pellegrini’s men face Chelsea and Manchester United – it’s plausible that they may follow Crystal Palace’s lead by losing their opening seven games of the season.

And that is why those home games against Bournemouth and Wolves took on even greater significance, not only because they are games West Ham would be expecting to win, but because the matches surrounding those are particularly difficult – and while Pellegrini does deserve time, losing his first seven games of the season isn’t going to look good at all.

Yes, it is still very early in the campaign, and Palace proved last term that one can get out of a very tricky early-season situation, but losing on Sunday at Goodison Park is simply unthinkable for West Ham given the start they have made, and the games that are to come.

As such, while Merson is tipping the Hammers to get a point from the encounter, he is absolutely spot on with his worrying verdict on the East London club were they to lose to Silva’s side.

West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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