West Ham United suffered their third league defeat on the trot on Saturday after Burnley engineered a 3-0 win over them at the London Stadium. David Moyes’ side are now just 3 points above the relegation zone and given the fixtures, they have in the coming weeks, it goes without saying that their status of being a Premier League side seems to be in jeopardy.
Here are three things Moyes should try to do to save his side from getting relegated to the Championship.
Organize The Defensive Line
West Ham United have conceded 57 goals from 30 league games, which makes them the worst defence. They have leaked more goals than any other Premier League sides so far this campaign. Without sorting their defence, their survival in the top flight is hard to imagine. The back line of the Irons seems to be reasonably solid on paper, but they have failed to manoeuvre collective efforts.
They have appeared to work individually rather than as a team and there has been an apparent lack of cohesion amongst the defenders. Moyes needs to rethink his defensive strategies, has to drill the team on set-pieces, marking, positioning and set-pieces and needs to find a defender who could offer proper leadership qualities.
Get The Best Out Of His Star Players
A quick look at West Ham United’s squad would show the names of some of the notable players in the game. The likes of Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez, Joe Hart, Michail Antonio, Manuel Lanzini and Joao Mario are all at the disposal of the former Sunderland manager.
The Scotsman needs to find a way to derive maximum outputs out of the established top-flight players that he has in his books. If they are made to showcase their calibre, the others are expected to get inspired by the same and thus, it would help them in making a strong case for their survival in the Premier League.
Beat The Bad Teams
The remaining fixtures don’t look very promising for the London based outfit as they face some of the top sides of the English top division such as Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Leicester City and Manchester United. However, they are also due to entertain Southampton and Stoke City as well in their very own backyard.
Moyes must try to bag wins against these two sides and leave no stone unturned to cause upsets against the sides which are in a better position than them. Frankly speaking, they can afford to be ugly in their endeavours. They should try to sneak a lead and hang onto it by hook or by crook, which would collectively help them in refraining from getting doomed at the end of the season.