Life under Mauricio Pellegrino got off to an encouraging start last weekend, but once again we were left ruing our chances as the final whistle blew.
Southampton were held to a scoreless draw at the hands of Paul Clement’s Swansea City, which means that the Saints have now failed to score in their last nine hours of competitive football at St Mary’s.
Can we break the deadlock this weekend? I spoke with West Ham fan, Liam Spencer, to get the low-down on our upcoming opponents.
What have you made of West Ham’s transfer window so far?
You’ll struggle to find many West Ham fans who would argue we haven’t significantly strengthened the squad this summer. Zabaleta, Hart, Arnautovic and Hernandez have all been signed for the first team, and with William Carvalho still to come it’s looking like a very good few months indeed.
It’s only early days of course, but what did you take away from last weekend’s result?
Although I’m backing Man United for the title, it was still disappointing that West Ham didn’t put up any kind of opposition on the day. Saying that, we were without Lanzini, Antonio and Kouyate, and once they’re back I think we’ll be a much stronger force.
From the outside looking in it seems that Slaven Bilic has a lot to prove this year; what are your thoughts on the Croatian boss?
I love Slaven, but anything less than top 10 this year and he’ll be in trouble. We all know he’s a passionate man and ‘gets it’ from a West Ham point of view, but we’ve spent big this summer and progress needs to be made.
Who do you expect to be your key man this year?
Javier Hernandez. It’s been far too long since West Ham have owned a consistent striker. I’m backing Chicharito to hit 15 Premier League goals.
What would make for a successful season?
Top 10 and a cup run
There was no way I couldn’t ask this one; how has Jose Fonte been?
To be honest, right now it looks like a waste of money. He’s not going to get in the team ahead of Reid or Ogbonna and when he has been called upon it’s been mediocre at best.
Which player from this Southampton side strikes the most fear into you, and who would you take to join the Hammers?
I’ve always liked Nathan Redmond. If I could pick one it would have to be VVD though.
And finally, what do you think the score will be this Saturday?
2-0 to West Ham. COYI!