This week at West Ham: five talking points

West Ham FINALLY secured their first win of 2024 on Monday with a 4-2 win against Brentford, having previously faced Arsenal, Sheffield United, Brighton, Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest and Championship side Bristol City (twice) without securing a single victory.

Looking back at another lively seven days in the world of West Ham, KUMB's Chris Wilkerson picks out five key highlights...

Finishers Solve Problems

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Things look a lot rosier now a win is in the bag, but they could have been very different. The defence and midfield were better, but still loose. However, Bowen took two difficult chances, and showed his knack of finding the right position in the box, which was evident on all three. Clinical finishing wins games.

Mad Mav

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He’s not always the most polished looking defender, and can be rightly criticised on the first goal, but he does the physical side and the basics. Aguerd is easier to play against, because Mavropanos is tough and in your face. It’s not as refined as we’d like, but it was a good change by the manager.

Emerson is Back

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Paquetá returning brought back Emerson’s forward play, and that made a huge difference. It’s not just trust in his pal, it’s also a belief he’ll get the ball when he makes runs.

Paquetá Enables

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Emerson wasn’t the only one who benefited. The Brazilian draws players to him, is a threat that worries defenders, and is also excellent at inviting pressure before he passes, opening up space. It made the left side flow, helped Ward-Prowse push forward, and gave a trusted supply line.

Zouma Concern

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At the start of the season, the manager made the Frenchman his captain, a clear sign he still fancied Zouma as his best defender. Now, with his form shaky, he’s gone from bedrock to maybe needing replacing this summer. That puts him on a long and growing list, and the club haven’t proven they can cope with such change.

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