This week at West Ham: five talking points

West Ham are STILL looking for their first win of 2024, having faced Arsenal, Sheffield United, Brighton, Bournemouth and Championship side Bristol City (twice) - who eventually ended United's FA Cup hopes for another season - plus, most recently, Nottingham Forest.

Looking back at another lively yet ultimately disappointing seven days, KUMB's Chris Wilkerson tries to make sense of it all...


Arrrrguerd

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It’s nice when you have an opinion and see the Oracle (Jack Elderton) on Twitter with the same one, but with receipts. It’s just a shame that the issue is so clear even I can see it: Aguerd is a problem. When it comes to errors leading to goals this year, Aguerd appears to be doing his best to be a part of all of them, and the numbers show we concede more with him. Both Forest goals showcased pathetic defending from the Moroccan, and it’s time he’s dropped.


The need to be clinical

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Earlier in the season, West Ham were taking chances. Bowen barely missed. Now that’s gone. Antonio took a chance and threw it away, whilst there have been a few difficult headers lately that Bowen was making more of on top form.


Unlucky, Kalvin

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It was a ludicrous red card, a great example of weak refereeing, and Phillips’s troubles continued. He wasn’t good, but the idea to play him was valid. This team is short at least one passer, probably two, and without Paqueta we need somebody who can pick forward passes. Moyes’s job might depend on shaking the rust off the England midfielder.


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Is it possible to want the manager to go but also show him respect and recognise his achievements? Banners and songs for a manager sitting 9th in the table, it just seems pathetic to go with such vitriol when it so clearly undermines a struggling team that needs support, and demonstrates no appreciation for the job Moyes has done.


Who plays left wing?

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Bowen looked worse there, so did Kudus, whilst Antonio lacks the energy or mobility to really thrive on the wing any longer. The manager really needs Paquetá to return, for so many reasons, but it’s a worry that he has no options now other than the Brazilian.

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