West Ham’s season has fallen off a cliff in terms of results, winning just once since beating Manchester United in September.
Pressure has mounted on Manuel Pellegrini, with fans clamouring for change following a run of poor results.
The Hammers are dangerously close to the relegation zone, despite investing heavily in the squad in the summer, especially on striker Sebastien Haller.
With a busy festive period on the horizon, here are three things West Ham need to do to turn their season around:
Cheer the fans up
Since their move to the London Stadium, there has been a sour atmosphere around West Ham at times. Fans weren’t happy with their poor performances under Slaven Bilic and David Moyes, and this season has been no better under Pellegrini. With just one win in their last 11 games, the mood around the club is again pretty gloomy, with the fans needing a touch of Christmas cheer, which could also help the players on the pitch. Big performances and results over the festive period could be crucial to their Premier League survival.
Get the best out of Haller
Haller joined the club for £45m in the summer with high expectations surrounding his move. While he started well, scoring three in his first three games, his form has dropped off since. The Frenchman has scored just once in his last 12 league games, a run of form that saw Pellegrini name him on the bench for the games against London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal. Getting the best out of their striker is vital for the Hammers, as only four teams have scored less than their tally of 18.
Be clear on Pellegrini
Given their dreadful run of results, there has been a fair amount of doubt surrounding the future of the Chilean as Hammers manager. Fans have been very unhappy with his role in their slump, and several other managers have been linked with taking over, including Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe. With a new year fast approaching (which will bring with it the January transfer window), the West Ham board need to be clear and decisive with whatever they choose to do with Pellegrini for the sake of supporters and the club’s status in the division.
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