With games against Premier League runners up Manchester City next Sunday afternoon and Premier League winners Liverpool on Monday 24th February David Moyes has two free hits to get the right formation to integrate new signing Tomas Soucek and Jarrod Bowen.
While I am sure the Hammers will give it a ‘good go’ defeat in both games now seems inevitable.
Soucek started on Saturday against Brighton and showed some promise but as defensive midfielder many were surprised that both Declan Rice and Mark Noble also started so it will be interesting to see where he fits in a fully fit team.
Jarrod Bowen is primarily a right winger which begs the question where you fit him in a team with a fit Michail Antonio?
Do you push Antonio up front with Sebastian Haller or do you drop Haller to the bench?
With thirteen games remaining the Hammers need to target five wins to avoid relegation.
On paper the seven winnable games in which to get those 15 points are Southampton, Newcastle United, Burnley, Norwich City, Manchester United, Watford and Aston Villa.