West Ham’s season could be derailed by injuries

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2-0 away at Arsenal, 3-0 away at Liverpool, 2-1 away at Manchester City, and 2-1 at home to Chelsea. Incredibly, these are all wins achieved by West Ham United.

Leicester aside, they have been the surprise package in the Premier League this season. However, the recent plague of injuries at the club could massively hamper their chances of completing a successful campaign.

In their 3-0 win at Anfield in August, the Hammers’ front three consisted of Manuel Lanzini, Diafra Sakho and Dimitri Payet, a game in which they produced a masterclass in fast, counter-attacking football. None of that trio are likely to play before the festive period.


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Perhaps the player who West Ham will miss most is Payet. The Frenchman has been in sparkling form since his £10.7 million transfer from Marseille in the summer - a move that could prove to be one of the bargains of the season.

The 28-year-old has been outstanding in the number ten role for West Ham, creating 46 chances for his team-mates, with only Mesut Ozil creating more in the Premier League. He has also popped up with five goals, including one wonderful strike against Newcastle.

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He has undoubtedly been Slaven Bilic's key man this season and despite being expected to return ahead of schedule, the side's form has suffered in his absence.

Ideally, West Ham would bring Lanzini in behind the striker to replace Payet, just as he did against Tottenham, but due to a thigh injury picked up in training, he also became unavailable to add to Bilic's woes.

The 22-year-old joined the Hammers on loan from Abu Dhabi side Al Jazira and has been the perfect partner for Payet ever since. Lanzini possesses a very similar passing talent as the Frenchman, with a clear intent to go forward and desire to make something happen.

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He also has a burst of speed that is crucial in the Premier League. The Argentine has scored four Premier League goals, one of which a tremendous strike against Tottenham, to go with his singular assist.

That wasn’t quite the end of West Ham’s pain; they have also lost striker Diafra Sakho and Chelsea loanee Victor Moses for an extended period.

Despite Sakho's indifferent form this season, he is the sort of striker who, once he scores, doesn’t stop. As for Moses, he has been an inspired signing for the Irons, with his direct technique crucial to the counter-attacking style that Bilic loves.

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West Ham are not blessed with the biggest of Premier League squads, so will rely heavily on the returning Enner Valencia, who has managed only two games this season due to injury and Michael Antonio, who is yet to start a Premier League game since his £7 million move from Nottingham Forest.

This is now a pivotal point in West Ham’s season. The Christmas season is always the busiest and most testing time of the year, so your whole squad play a part. So with all of the injury problems at Upton Park, they may really struggle for Premier League points in this period.

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