Since Christmas, when the East London club were inside the Champions League places, the Hammers have dropped downwards to currently sit ninth. They could potentially lose their top 10 place, a feat that seemed impossible just a few weeks ago, and the dreams of European football have been slowly disappearing.
Having won nine of their first 17 games, Allardyce’s men looked well set to continue their great form into the second half of the campaign, but since then they have managed just two wins.
This has seen the club drop down the table, and a number of player performances are behind this.
In the first half of the campaign, the likes of Alex Song, Stewart Downing and Diafra Sakho were playing at the top of their abilities. However, since the turn of the year, their form has dropped off, and only Aaron Cresswell has really been playing to the level he was before.
Allardyce believes this poor form is one of the reasons for West Ham’s post-Christmas collapse, putting such problems down to two reasons - injury problems, and fatigue.
“The performances are good but we haven’t been able to sustain that early level,” the 60-year-old coach told the Standard. “There’s two reasons for that. Firstly, injuries in groups, especially up front and at the heart of our defence, and, secondly, some players finding life difficult through Christmas and New Year because of fatigue.”
There is still no knowing who will be in charge of the Hammers next term, but that coach will have to set about building a bigger squad for next season if they do not want to undergo the same issues with fitness and fatigue.