West Ham today face a struggling Southampton side and a big opportunity has opened up, with David Moyes eager to grasp with both hands.
The poor start made to the campaign is somewhat starting to drift into a distant memory, with Moyes’ Hammers turning a corner by gaining 6 wins from the last 7 games across all competitions, however adding to that today could really get West Ham back amongst it this season.
Although our Irons are still playing catch up, the fact that aside from Arsenal, Manchester City and Spurs – who have all started the season strongly, others are still finding their feet which is opening up an opportunity for West Ham to climb the table in a relatively short space of time.
The fact that West Ham could find themselves 3 points ahead of Jurgen Klopps Liverpool if they fail to beat the champions and we triumph over Southampton, just shows how tight the table really is at present.
Moyes may play down the notion of table watching, but make no mistake he’ll be fully aware how important a result today will be to send a message that West Ham really are back at it and will be a force once again in the top half of the Premier League.
Not only has the form of others presented a somewhat gift to David Moyes, but the fact nerves will be high on the south coast with Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl supposedly clinging onto his job could also play into the hands of West Ham.
Nerves should be of no concern for Moyes’ players today, if anything confidence should be running high following an excellent turn around of results of late and key players really now starting to click and deliver.
Jarrod Bowen is a prime example of this, who of late looks the player who notched 18 goals last season and broke into the England team. In fact at this rate he has one foot firmly on that plane in November.
“If you look at the quality that we’ve got, especially now that we’re all kind of clicking on the same wavelength,” Bowen told the clubs Official Website. “You see it just takes a bit of time.
“It’s about knowing the quality that we have got. It’s about believing in the squad. And with the quality we have, I had no doubts that our form would turn, for sure.
“The games are coming thick and fast. And it is all about momentum, confidence and winning football games. That’s what we’re hoping for on Sunday.”