Graeme Le Saux gives his verdict on what new West Ham manager David Moyes can offer ahead of his first game in charge on Sunday...
Now they're not cut adrift yet but they should be aiming to pick up a minimum of five points before they face Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal in December. The fixtures come thick and fast at Christmas and it can end up defining a team's season.
For David Moyes, I still look back at his time at Everton and see what a fantastic job he did there. We've just been waiting for a club appointment where he can finally replicate that success.
West Ham have had their fair share of problems over the past few seasons, they had a good end to life at Upton Park but the move to the London Stadium has been a tricky adjustment for them. That's to be expected though, as it takes time to adjust to new pitch dimensions and the overall atmosphere. You only have to look at Spurs this season to see what issues moving grounds can bring about.
What David inherits though is a large squad that he'll be able to put his own stamp on. I've been impressed with his backroom appointments in Stuart Pearce and Alan Irvine. I've played with Stuart and worked with Alan before and they both have a huge amount of experience that they can impart on the team. In addition Moyes' tactics are good when it comes to discipline and building from the back which they'll need to improve given they've already let in 23 goals this season.
I imagine they'll be a tight group and they'll need everyone to pull together as the next three games are vital. Now they're not cut adrift yet but they should be aiming to pick up a minimum of five points before they face Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal in December. The fixtures come thick and fast at Christmas and it can end up defining a team's season.
Equally I hope he has one eye on the League Cup quarter-final against Arsenal as a game to approach very seriously. If they can maintain some form in the League and have a decent cup run, it'll make his beginning to life at the Hammers helm a lot easier.