West Ham head to Bournemouth this weekend, looking to pick up their first win in over a month and keep their recovery in form back on track.
Despite turning in some impressive performances of late Slaven Bilic’s side have picked up just two points from their last three outings, with draws against West Brom and Watford.
Whilst, in comparison to their 4-2 defeats against both those sides earlier this season, this is a marked improvement, the Hammers will want to get back to winning ways, after Monday night’s 2-1 loss to runaway Premier League leaders Chelsea at the London Stadium.
Bilic’s last trip to the south coast, heralded a fine performance, and their last win, when they took three points from Claude Puel’s Southampton early in February, and the Croatian will be hoping for a similar result this time around.
One man who has taken the brunt of West Ham fans’ criticism over the last few weeks is January signing Robert Snodgrass. The Scotsman joined in the wake of Dimitri Payet’s move to Marseille but is yet to really get going in claret and blue. That visit to St. Mary’s last month was the former Hull City man’s finest showing since his move, however, since then has inspired little.
Having shown defensive organisation and solidarity well beyond their form this season at Old Trafford, the Cherries will be confident of shutting out the Hammers this weekend, especially should they see Snodgrass’ name on the team sheet, given hi recent run.
Therefore, it may be time for Bilic to put his trust in a summer signing who, after injury, is finally making waves in east London.
Andre Ayew, who joined from Swansea last summer, has endured a tough season and is only beginning to get going at West Ham, however, he has impressed. The former Swans man picked up the equaliser at Vicarage Road and, having been brought on against the Blues on Monday, lead the charge at the back four to set up Manuel Lanzini for the Hammers’ only goal.
Bilic will be desperate to pick up three points this weekend, ahead of a run against rejuvinated champions Leicester, scrapping Hull City and Arsenal and, therefore, surely must turn to Ayew in a starting berth to make an impact.