1 SHORE UP THAT DEFENCE
The first item on Pellegrini’s to-do list was fixing the back line, so the Chilean brought in Fabianski, Diop and Fredericks. New faces alone may not be enough – no side in 2017-18 let in more goals than West Ham’s 68.
2 GIVE ARNAUTOVIC A HAND
Without the Hammer of the Year’s 11 league goals, West Ham would have struggled to avoid the drop. He can’t do it all on his own, though. To compound the issue, creative linchpin Manuel Lanzini will miss the entirety of the season with a knee injury (just as he’d started to peak, too) and Michail Antonio is suffering from his own injury hell. Javier Hernandez can help if he stays – if – but Andy Carroll must up his game. Jordan Hugill is not the answer.
3 SHOW SOME BOTTLE AWAY
Much was made of fans’ protests in the March home game against Burnley, but just as worrying is the Hammers’ away record. They took one point from the 10 away games in which they conceded first, and two of their three most common scorelines on the road were 0-4 (twice) and 1-4 (thrice).
4 STICK WITH A BA CK THREE
Initially a ploy to pack the central areas with players, having won just two games before December, West Ham’s switch to a back three also solved a conundrum: how to fit Aaron Cresswell (their best crosser) and Arthur Masuaku (their most dynamic player) into the same XI when both are natural left-backs. A wing-back system gives Masuaku extra licence to get forward and keeps Cresswell’s superb delivery in the team. Pellegrini would do well to name both in his starting line-up.
5 SHOW A UNITED FRONT
Gold said he “would like to think” Moyes would extend his stay, the day before confirmation that the Scot’s contract would not be renewed. Karren Brady’s Sun column coated off the fans as “malcontents and keyboard warriors”. “The people who work for me know exactly what is expected,” states her own website, beneath the heading ‘Rules of success: communicate’. “They know what I think, where we’re going.” Few Hammers agree on either point.