Having been knocked out of both domestic cups, and their European campaign ending before it ever really began West Ham will be spending the rest of the campaign trying to finish as a high as possible, whilst also keeping an eye on preparations for next season.
January saw significant upheaval for the Hammers with much being made of Dimitri Payet’s transfer request and subsequent move to Marseille. The Frenchman’s influence had vastly diminished this season when compared to last, which no doubt has contributed significantly to the East Londoner’s underwhelming campaign.
West Ham have brought in Robert Snodgrass from Hull for a little over £10million as a replacement, but the question is, can Snodgrass fill the creative and goal scoring void that the Frenchman has left in the side?
Taking into account this season and the pair’s last Premier League campaign the stats read as follows. Payet has claimed 18 goals and 24 assists in 65 games, whereas Snodgrass bagged 16 goals and 9 assists in 62 games. Both were on set pieces throughout each campaign so there was no unfair influence due to that factor.
Payet’s goals in theory shouldn’t be missed too much as both are effective goal scorers from midfield, a goal every 3-4 games is impressive and is an asset that West Ham could ill-afford to lose. Snodgrass is still waiting on his first goal for West Ham but it shouldn’t be too long before the Hammers fans are celebrating a goal from the Scot’s sweet left-peg.
However, it’s Payet’s assist stats that makes him stand out as such a great performer at this level, only Ozil and Eriksen have more in the same period than the Frenchman. History shows us that Snodgrass will really have his work cut out to provide the same levels of creativity to a West Ham side in desperate need of it. This will mean others such as Manuel Lanzini will have to step up and be counted for, the Argentine only has 4 assists in his 49 Premier League appearances to date.
Another option would be for West Ham to make a move for a creative player in the summer transfer window. The owners will definitely have this in the back of their minds already, so it will be interesting to see how the closing weeks of the Premier League season plays out, with players such as Snodgrass and Lanzini hoping to prove they have what it takes to fill this creative void.