Allardyce suggests the main reason behind Hammers' slump this season

West Ham United have suffered a down-turn in form this season.

Sam Allardyce has told the London Evening Standard that injuries to key players have derailed West Ham United's season.

The Hammers have had to deal without the likes of Winston Reid, James Tomkins, Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia at different stages throughout the campaign and Allardyce has bemoaned his side's bad luck. 

"There was one spell when we won six, drew three and only lost one, we would have all loved to repeat that, but it has not been quite within our capabilities," he said. "The reasons why are clear in my mind. Some of the players that were top drawer when they joined us for the first time this season have found the pace of the Premier League a little tougher going, while injuries are a big factor again.

"We have won without Winston Reid, James Tomkins, Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia - you tell me anybody else that has four regular players missing that would have got results?"

The Hammers started the season as one of the form sides in the country and they appeared in with a chance of claiming a European spot.

However, as the campaign has progressed, Allardyce's men have slipped down the Premier League standings and a mid-table finish looks more likely nowadays.

It has been a disappointing way for their season to go and the frustrations around the Boleyn Ground are very evident at the moment. 

Allardyce's future has been plunged into doubt, as a result, with the manager's contract expiring at the end of the season.

The Daily Mail have already suggested that West Ham are planning to start life with a new manager in charge next term and Allardyce will be hoping change the board members' minds by guiding the Hammers to a strong end to the campaign. 

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch