Five things we learned about West Ham from 2-2 draw against Tottenham

Sam Allardyce Press Conference Disappointed 12/02/2014

Here are five things we learned from West Ham's 2-2 draw with Tottenham in the Premier League.

The Allardyce era isn't dead

Speculation over the last week has suggested that West Ham were ready to part ways with manager Sam Allardyce and move in a different direction at the end of the season. Yet against Tottenham, the Hammers put in an assured, battling performance which shows that the players are still behind their manager - the season and Big Sam's reign aren't over yet.

West Ham will miss Winston Reid - a lot

West Ham's defence was superb against Tottenham. It took a fluke goal from Danny Rose and a questionable Harry Kane penalty to break them down, with Winston Reid playing a big part. The New Zealand international shackled Kane throughout, and whilst he was impressive, it was tinged with the knowledge that the 26-year-old will almost certainly be leaving Upton Park when his contract expires at the end of the season - and replacing him is going to be a tough task.

Concerns over Alex Song

In what has been an impressive season for West Ham, Barcelona loanee Alex Song has been a key cog in the Hammers' midfield. However, the Cameroon international was sloppy against Tottenham, and conceded the last-gasp penalty which cost West Ham two points. Song has looked off-colour for a couple of weeks now, and concerns must be growing in the West Ham camp as they decide whether to pursue a permanent deal.

Aaron Cresswell for England?

It's no secret that England boss Roy Hodgson has an embarrassment of riches at left back. Hodgson could pick from Luke Shaw, Leighton Baines, Kieran Gibbs, Ryan Bertrand, Danny Rose or now Aaron Cresswell. The 25-year-old turned in another superb display against Tottenham, showing the desire to get to the byline and cross the ball - which he did exceptionally well for Cheikhou Kouyate's opener. With more performances like this, Cresswell be on the England radar.

West Ham need more from Enner Valencia

With Andy Carroll out injured for the rest of the season and Mauro Zarate on loan at QPR, West Ham's striking options have been harmed severely. Diafra Sakho continues to impress, but Allardyce will be looking for more from Enner Valencia. The Ecuadorian joined last summer in a deal believed to be worth around £12m, but now has just one goal in his last 19 appearances in all competitions. He's a willing runner and offers great pace on the break, but they need more goals from him given their absentees.

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