Just four games in. I’d have been hoping for six points and we’ve got six points. I’d have expected losses away to Arsenal and Liverpool, wins at home to relegation candidates, Leicester and Bournemouth. So we beat Arsenal and Liverpool away and lost at home to Leicester and Bournemouth! Against Arsenal and Arsenal and Liverpool, we looked well-organised and incisive. Against Leicester and Bournemouth, an utter shambles. Same players, give or take a tweak or two.
What is going on?
I mean, the last time we beat Liverpool at Anfield was 1963, when The Beatles were No 1 with “She Loves You”. We rarely get a sniff against Arsenal, although I have memories of a couple of great away wins over the years.
It feels like the team – and maybe the new manager, Slaven Bilic – are nervous at home, with expectations high. And demands for attacking football maybe interfering with natural instincts.
Conversely, away from home, Slaven can set the team up as he prefers. 4-2-3-1, with counter-attacking the name of the game. Only the truly loyal fans in attendance.
Optimistically, I think if we can beat Liverpool and Arsenal, we will do well this season. Then I think if we can lose to Bournemouth and Leicester, we could start our time in the Olympic Stadium in the Championship.
We got rid of Big Sam because he didn’t buy into the West Ham way. Well, I think the West Ham way is back big time. Exciting football, but utterly unpredictable. Roller coaster time!