Natalie Sawyer suggested that West Ham’s poor form was just a dip and that the Hammers could turn things around under Manuel Pellegrini in order to finish in the Premier League’s top-10.
The talkSPORT host pointed out that it wasn’t long ago that everyone was praising the Hammers’ attacking option before acknowledging it does seem to have gone wrong as a late.
However, Sawyer looked for a positive and suggested when you consider Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has claimed no one wins the Premier League title in November, then the Hammers clearly have enough time to still meet expectations.
“It wasn’t long ago we were lauding that attack for West Ham, you mention all those players they have but it all seems to have gone wrong as of late,” stated Sawyer on talkSPORT (Wednesday, November 13th, 10:54am).
“But it could be just a dip if you think about it, Jurgen Klopp has said no one wins the title in November, so things can turn around for West Ham and they could finish in the top 10 and isn’t that job done for Manuel Pellegrini?”
Klopp claimed that it didn’t matter that Liverpool were sitting pretty at the top of the table in November, as reported by ESPN, as it’s all about what the table looks like in May when the season finishes. The Liverpool boss is spot-on and it’s easy to see why Sawyer used the manager’s remarks to justify implying that the Hammers shouldn’t be rushing to hit the panic button by firing Pellegrini after slipping down the table. However, when a side hasn’t won any of their last six Premier League matches, questions have to be asked. The Hammers along with not winning games have delivered some below-par performances, see their display in the 3-0 loss to Burnley on Saturday, so it’s hard to be positive. After all, Pellegrini has perhaps contributed to the poor form by making weird decisions such as dropping Ryan Fredericks for Pablo Zabaleta, and if he continues to make odd team selections then it’s not like the Hammers are going to start racking up results. Only time will tell if Sawyer is right to hint that Pellegrini can turn it around at West Ham.