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After finishing in an impressive seventh position in the 2015-16 Premier League the Hammers will end Round Six in the bottom three after a poor start to 2016-17.
By
Jackson Delmenico

28 Sep 2016 - 9:45 AM  UPDATED 28 Sep 2016 - 9:45 AM

With five losses and just one win in the Premier League, West Ham have struggled to perform with weaknesses across the park. There look four main influences behind Slaven Bilić’s side underperforming this season.

Defence

With the worst defensive record in the league having conceded 16 goals there is clearly serious issue in the club’s rearguard.

James Collins, Winston Reid and Angelo Ogbonna have all been largely ineffective and have had some top notch performances from Adrián to thank for not enduring a far worse record.

Attack

The poor performance of the attacking unit cannot be overlooked either scoring seven but none coming from a striker. Aside from an outstanding five goal haul from Michail Antonio, Collins and Manuel Lanzini are the only other two to have scored.

Injury

Injury to Andy Carroll has lost the Hammers their most likely first choice striker and Enner Valencia (before going on loan to Everton), Ashley Fletcher and Simone Zaza all failed to stamp any authority on the position.

Injury has also stunted the season start of Payet who so heavily influenced West Ham’s success last season but hasn’t been able to see his impact bring the same result. Despite four assists so far he has not reached the heights of 2015-16.

Arthur Masuaku, André Ayew, Diafra Sakho and Aaron Cresswell all also are currently out with injury.

New signings

Not one of the transfers made in the summer window could yet to be said as having had major impact on West Ham’s season so far. Several – such as Masuaku, Alvaro Arbeloa and Ayew – have been hampered by injury.

Others – such as Zaza, Gökhan Töre and Havard Nordtveit – have all just failed to have had a notable positive influence in their time at the club so far.

Bilić’s team is still far from being written off with an abundance of quality still present within the side. The Croatian manager is facing mounting pressure however, after the poor start and has a European campaign to contend with also.