Low block West Ham: Time for a change?


West Ham’s season began on a high note, but in recent games, it seems to have lost some of its initial punch. Whilst heavy defeats can make the situation appear worse than they are, it’s essential to maintain perspective. The groundwork has been laid, and the team has a solid foundation to build upon, but perhaps some tactical adjustments are required. Put bluntly, the low block West Ham experiment isn’t firing on all cylinders.

It seems to me that we might be playing one attacking player short. I understand why David Moyes shifted Lucas Paqueta into a wide midfield role to accommodate the central trio of Ward-Prowse, Alvarez, and Soucek. The intention was to bolster our defensive capabilities, but regrettably, it hasn’t yielded the desired results. Our recent performance against Aston Villa was awful in both attack and defence, leaving us vulnerable to conceding goals.

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Low block West Ham: It may be time to drop Soucek in place of Kudus.

Given the circumstances, it might be time for Moyes to consider some alterations. One option is to remove Tomas Soucek from the starting line-up and provide Mohammed Kudus with a more significant role. Kudus, who has primarily been a super-sub, must be eager for a starting berth in the team.

Whether Moyes opts for this change or decides on an alternative adjustment, something needs to be done promptly to prevent an adequate start to the season from sliding into mediocrity.

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