After September’s international break we posited 10 Premier League questions that might be answered before the international break we are currently enduring.
So it is an opportune moment to consider whether the past four weeks of football have provided us with anything of substance.
Question: Is Manuel Pellegrini about to ‘do a Frank De Boer’?
With a trip to Everton, home games against Chelsea and Manchester United, followed by Brighton away before the next international break however, there is a realistic prospect of West Ham matching Palace’s seven straight defeats at the start of last season.
In short, no. That assessment proved unduly pessimistic with West Ham winning seven points from the first three of those fixtures, although they lost the easiest on paper at Brighton. Correlation does not equal causation, but Jack Wilshere’s injury has given Pellegrini the chance to re-balance his midfield. Declan Rice and Pedro Obiang have offered Mark Noble more support while Issa Diop is marshalling things in the back four. Felipe Anderson, Marko Arnautovic and Andriy Yarmolenko are as threatening forward line as any bar the ‘Big Six’. West Ham should be safe in mid-table.
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