West Ham fans, including myself, thought that finishing in the top half was a real possibility only a couple of weeks ago. Maybe it still is. But from looking at who we have to face in our remaining games, we should be more concerned with relegation.
Our previous form
Our form in our recent games has been atrocious. We have only won one game from our last six, which was against Watford. In that period, we have only kept one clean sheet and conceded 13 goals. The defensive organisation that David Moyes brought in has seemingly disappeared.
We are slowly returning to similar performances to that under Slaven Bilic and the mood at the club right now is not helping. Our dire situation was summed up against Swansea. They had been beaten by Brighton 4-1 in their previous Premier League game and sat in the relegation zone, yet beat us with ease. We were outplayed and deserved to lose.
There can be no excuses anymore. Players are starting to return from injury, though the lack of defenders that are available is a worry. Was it complacency that saw our performances drop? We currently sit in 14th place, only three points above the relegation zone and I would not be surprised if we do go down.
Why? We still have to face four teams from the top six in Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester City. Yes, we did perform well in some big games under Moyes but, with the exception of City, these teams will be fighting it out for the Champions League spots.
Chelsea and Arsenal’s form has been very poor as of late, but this will not be the case when they play us. A London derby is always a different game and we will struggle. Facing Leicester at the King Power Stadium in our second last game of the season will also be extremely difficult given their improvement under Claude Puel and Riyad Mahrez back in the team.
Unless we pick up points in these big games, relegation is looking very likely.