West Ham’s season has gone from bad to worse to just downright terrible. After earning a hard-fought point at Old Trafford over the weekend, the Hammers looked to be bouncing out of there early season funk after playing very well against Manchester United. Looking to add on to this solid performance, West Ham traveled right back to Manchester for their League Cup quarterfinal match.
Things did not go swimmingly. West Ham were clearly outplayed the entire match, with a few of the players looking very unenthused about playing, including Dimitri Payet. The final score was 4-1, and quite possibly could have been even worse with the chances Manchester United were producing.
And to top it all off, both wingers, Aaron Cresswell and Michail Antonio, were subbed off due to injuries, adding to the long list of injuries the squad has endured already. Cresswell was injured after a challenge from Antonio Valencia. He was not subbed off immediately as he attempted to play on, but was taken off a few minutes before halftime. Michail Antonio, the team’s leading scorer, was subbed off in the 57th minute after suffering a groin injury. Slaven Bilic will now have issues on the wings when selecting his squad for this weekend’s London Derby against Arsenal. It will be interesting to see whether or not Bilic sticks with the 3-4-3 without two of his better wingers.
Last weekend’s match looked like a catalyst for the club to get back on track for the season. But after yesterday’s performance and the injuries piling up, West Ham are still not on course for where they want to be. Coming away with any points against Arsenal will now be made even more difficult with the injuries. It seems that the darkness of this season will continue forward for sometime.