Allardyce suggests two reasons for West Ham problem, singles out specific group

Sam Allardyce

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has suggested why he feels his side have lost so many points from winning positions.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has told the club’s website he feels there are two main reasons the club have lost so many points from winning positions this season.

The boss has seen his side squander good opportunities to win over this campaign, with games against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United just two examples.

He’s suggested that it’s due to the inexperience, which comes with fielding younger players in the first team, as well as injuries, which have arrived at the wrong times for the club.

“I think there is a certain push forward in younger players and I think probably if I look back, as well as injuries, perhaps a little bit of inexperience across this time has shown why we have been in so many positions to win a game and ended up drawing it or losing from a draw,” said Allardyce.

“There are young lads with lots of energy and also quality players with experience. Matching the two up and having a bit more strength and depth in that area where bigger challenges are made on a daily basis to play in the team.”

The younger players need to be exposed to the pace and pressure of the Premier League because otherwise they simply won’t improve.

The manager needs to work hard to step in and make sure that they don’t react negatively when they make mistakes, because they are not refined players and they will happen.

However, as Reece Burke showed last weekend against QPR, there is merit and potential in playing younger players.

The injuries is not something Allardyce can do much about because it’s just an unfortunate consequence for any club.

In an ideal world, no West Ham players would get injured at all over the course of a season, but hopefully Big Sam will beef up the squad this summer if he’s given the chance to do so.

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