It wouldn’t be a traditional West Ham United season without a mini injury crisis, would it?
The Hammers were missing five key individuals during Saturdays cruel 2-1 defeat to Everton.
Alex Song, Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia, Cheikhou Kouyate and Stewart Downing all missed the defeat with Mark Noble and Morgan Amalfitano picking up knocks during it.
It just goes to show how far this squad has come that the Irons ‘reserves’ were desperately unlucky not to walk away from Goodison Park with a point.
Whilst watching the game on Saturday it got me thinking which of these key men are the east end club missing the most?
The Hammers dominated large spells, and it was clear that the visitors were missing the strike combo of Valencia and Sakho. The hosts had to withhold large spells of pressure from the Irons but the combo of Nolan, Amalfitano and co struggled to really carve open the Everton back four.
I can’t help but feel that had the Irons had their deadly duo that the Toffees would have struggled to hold off the Hammers charges. The key to our early season success has been the speed of our counter attacks, but with Andy Carroll and Carlton Cole up top, the mode of attack was somewhat blunted.
Though missing the deadly duo were a big miss, the strike force of Mauro Zarate and Andy Carroll could and probably should have had enough in the tank to secure at least a point.
The biggest miss of all was commanding and classy midfielder Alex Song, the former Arsenal and Barcelona man is the influential man the Hammers have been missing for years.
His array of passing and interceptions keeps the Irons ticking over, whilst always giving us the chance of springing a fast counter attack. It comes as no surprise that since the Hammers brought Alex Song into the side they have only lost just one game against Manchester United, in cruel fashion too.
He brings the calming nature you would expect from a player who has played at the highest level in Europe. He brings a winning mentality to the team and without his presence the Hammers struggled to gain a true foothold in the centre of the park. I highly doubt that Eto’o’s winner would have happened had he been on the pitch. He marshals the team expertly and the Hammers showed their naivety by plunging far too many men forward at that stage of the game.
The arrival of Song back into the starting eleven will certainly calm the nerves of the Hammers faithful. Of course West Ham United will be better off when the five some return to the squad, but for me the Cameroonian is the missing link.
Come on you Irons!
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