Big Sam Space Jam

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright can't believe West Ham's terrible second half of the season.

West Ham have endured an awful run of results in 2015, which showed no signs of improvement against Manchester City at the weekend.

The Hammers have slipped to 10th in the table and have just one win in their last 10 games in the Premier League.

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright told BBC 5 Live 606 at the weekend he found their drop off in form bizarre.

He said: "It's like Space Jam. Someone's come and taken their talent."

In the famous 90s movie, cartoon aliens zap NBA basketball players to steal their ability leaving them unable to play the game. Wright is not seriously suggesting something so outlandish here, but their sudden transformation from a top half side into the division's worst form team in 2015 almost makes you wonder.

Manager Sam Allardyce is under heavy pressure to achieve results in the final few games of the season and even a run of wins may not be enough to keep his job.

The consistently bad second half of the season has seen numerous bosses linked, with Oddschecker citing him as the third favourite Premier League manager to be sacked next, behind only Manuel Pellegrini and John Carver. 

Wright feels the pressure at the club may have simply worn Allardyce and his players down.

"Even when Sam was doing well, there was still fans questioning him. That may have eased into the players and the psyche and their confidence, I've never been in a dressing room where the fans have been like that. Imagine what it must have been like for the players and Sam when they won that game last season and got booed. How do you react to that?"

West Ham showed real progress in the first half of the season and were set up nicely for a push for a European place. 

Their season seemed to unravel after a disastrous transfer deadline day with the club failing to sign a single player despite pushing hard to do so, with Andy Carroll's injury predictable but still disappointing.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch