Gary Neville: Here's what West Ham United can look forward to

West Ham

The future is bright for Hammers fans according to Sky Sports football analyst Gary Neville as the Premier League side are not yet at full throttle.

Currently seventh in the Premier League having collected ten points after their first seven fixtures in the division, the Hammers head into the international break in a healthy condition.

However, for Sky Sports football analyst Gary Neville, the best is yet to come as, even though the Irons defeated Queens Park Rangers by a 2-0 score on Sunday, the West Londoners were "poor" and West Ham are capable of performing at a far higher level.

What has most impressed Neville, though, is that the Boleyn Ground side look far more lethal up front this season - with Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho both showcasing high potential to be quality Premier League athletes.

“Last year, when you looked at West Ham, particularly with Andy Carroll out injured, they lacked firepower in front of goal,” said Neville. “But this season they look completely different.”

  Touches / appsPass AccCross AccFinal ThirdMins / Key passAssistShot AccGoalsAppsMins
Downing 61.86 82.43% 32.20% 40.88% 28.59 3 41.67 1 7 629

One of the Hammers players who looks rejuvenated this season is Downing, who averages over 60 touches on the football per match, has an 82% passing accuracy, a 32% crossing accuracy and attempts to penetrate the attacking zone with 40% of his total passes.

Completing a key pass, or creating goal-scoring opportunity, once every 28 minutes also underlines his usefulness in attacking situations - as does his total haul of three assists and one goal from just seven outings.

Neville continued: “Stewart Downing has got a new lease of life and the two up front look a real handful. Plus, they’ve still got Carroll to come back who will make them even stronger.

“So it’s looking good for West Ham. The fans wanted more expansive football and they’re getting it. But I have to say, were West Ham anywhere near their best today? I don’t think they were because they were playing against such a poor side.”

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