West Ham United has spent the money, that’s for sure, but is proving that dough isn’t enough.
New manager David Moyes oversaw his third match in charge of the club on Wednesday, and has pulled just one point and one goal from the trio.
Struggling Everton smashed the Irons 4-0 on Wednesday. Moyes will rightly point out that West Ham had more of the ball and nearly as many shots, but his 18th place club’s life is about to get even more difficult.
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The Irons haven’t authored a league win since Sept. 30, and now face a three-match run about as rough as can be imagined by the most pessimistic fan: at Man City, home to Chelsea, home to Arsenal.
West Ham’s 10 points are one more than both 19th place Swansea and 20th place Crystal Palace. Up next: Swansea has Stoke and West Brom. Palace has West Brom and Bournemouth.
It’s a very real possibility that West Ham will be in last place by the season’s midpoint. If they aren’t, and Swansea and Palace flop along with them, safety could be several results away from the Irons.
In characterizing the blowout, Moyes said, “We never really got at it from the start. We allowed them to get a bit of confidence. I think we saw some positive signs in the second half. It didn’t go for us when we needed it. There were a lot of small things we needed to go for us.”
That’s all well and good, but the Irons will need a lot of big things to go for them over the next 14 days.