West Ham supporters have been pretty downbeat in recent times after seeing their side’s impressive unbeaten run in the Premier League come to an end just prior to the international break.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men went into their encounter with Brighton back on October 5 having beaten Everton and Manchester United as well as drawing with Chelsea in their previous three league games, a run which moved them off the bottom of the table. Yet the Hammers were unable to keep their fine run going on the South Coast last time out as a Glenn Murray effort midway through the first half sealed a 1-0 win for the Seagulls, thus leaving West Ham 15th in the Premier League table during the international break.
As such, there have been many disappointed Hammers fans up and down the country in recent times, although there are fewer likely to be more frustrated than midfielder Jack Wilshere, who has missed their last four matches with injury.
But the East London outfit have picked up seven points from four matches without the England international as opposed to none from the four with him in the side, and that damning statistic surely suggests that Wilshere’s future at the club already hangs in the balance.
Ultimately, the Hammers were seen to have pulled off quite the coup during the summer in luring the Englishman to the London Stadium following the expiration of his contract at Arsenal, especially given the 26-year-old proved his fitness last term in appearing 38 times in all competitions for the Gunners.
And the Englishman went straight into the Hammers eleven in starting each of their opening four Premier League games, in which time they suffered defeats at the hands of Liverpool, Bournemouth, Arsenal, and Wolves to sit bottom of the division.
And Wilshere didn’t exactly pull up any trees in those four matches, which is why his absence in their last four games due to ankle surgery, alongside West Ham’s resurgence in form, must be of some concern to the 26-year-old.
The midfield area was pretty weak in each of those four matches but has been significantly better in the previous four games, with the likes of Pedro Obiang, Declan Rice, and Mark Noble dominating against Everton and United, as well as expertly thwarting Chelsea at the London Stadium a few weeks ago.
Yes, the defeat at Brighton was frustrating, but on the whole Pellegrini appears to have stumbled across something that works in the middle of the park, and that something clearly doesn’t include former Arsenal star Wilshere.
As such, despite it being very early in his West Ham career, there may already be alarm bells ringing for the 26-year-old given how good the Hammers have been in his absence – a return to the starting eleven when he reaches full fitness is far from certain.
Thus, the damning stat that West Ham have been significantly better without him suggests that his future at the club already hangs in the balance.
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