The Mail described the east London outfit’s season as follows: “Failing. There isn’t any way to dress it up, the Hammers are in trouble. They spent big money in the summer but find themselves hovering above the drop zone. Things have to change. Maybe that means Manuel Pellegrini losing his job.”
Meanwhile, striker Sebastien Haller was named ‘bottom of the class’ for the team: “The big Frenchman has shown flashes of promise, but the goals are yet to flow fluently for the club-record £45m signing.”
Let’s address the Mail’s grading of West Ham’s season. There’s very little to argue with, here, because Pellegrini’s team have been absolutely woeful thus far. The Chilean has very much failed to get his numerous talented attacking players firing, while the defence has capitulated over the last month or so. The pressure is now firmly on Pellegrini’s shoulders, and he has to do something quickly to change how things are going. As for Haller being named the Hammers’ worst player so far this term, that is absolutely shocking. The goals have dried up very quickly for the 25-year-old, it’s true, but he’s been far from the worst offender at the London Stadium. The likes of Roberto, Fabian Balbuena, Manuel Lanzini, Felipe Anderson and Pablo Fornals have all been far worse. The statistics demonstrate as much. As per WhoScored.com, the Frenchman has scored four goals in 11 Premier League games, while he averages 2.2 shots and one key pass per game. That, in a hopeless West Ham team, is not so bad after all.