The Hammers have fitness issues in key areas, which have arguably been partly to blame for the side’s recent slump in form and performances.
“Our squad is suffering at the moment, but we can’t feel sorry for ourselves, you are always going to have injuries, so we have to start winning again, starting against Sunderland,” said Allardyce.
Allardyce has a challenge on his hands to transform the mentality and belief in his current crop of players.
Gradually players will return to fitness and give him fresh options, but he has to try and find a way to get more out of the current players at his disposal.
West Ham still have a positive position in the top half of the table to fight for and three points against Sunderland this weekend would nudge them closer to the top eight.
He needs to drill into his players that it’s a real opportunity for them to lay down a claim to various positions in the side, making it difficult for returning players to get back into the team easily.
Fierce squad competition will keep everyone on their toes for the rest of the season and should improve the quality levels, which will in turn lead to more positive results.