The Hammers currently sit in the top four after nine Premier League games, and head coach Slaven Bilic has told the official West Ham website that there is only one area that he wants to see his side improve upon - their willingness to shoot.
Bilic said: “The only thing I would like us to do more is shoot, sometimes we wait too long to shoot. You have to try your luck when you are in the right positions. Against Palace, they were defending deep as a team and it was hard to create one-on-one chances, so when we are 20 yards out we need to try. Our players are very dangerous when they shoot in training, that’s the only thing I would like us to do more.”
West Ham have netted 20 goals in the Premier League this season, second in the league only to Manchester City, and so it is a surprise to see Bilic list the shooting of his side as an area that he wants to improve upon.
However, the head coach is correct to single out the issue as being West Ham do not shoot enough, as, although they are second highest scorers, they only take the ninth highest shots in the league per game.
They are currently getting by on the incredible finishing skills of a number of their players, and there will always be the fear that this conversion rate will drop as the season wears on, thus meaning the goals will potentially dry up.
However, if the Hammers start to shoot more, and the conversion rate lowers, they will have more chances to hit the back of the net.
West Ham possess a number of great attacking players in their squad, and they have been the real standout performers in the league this season, with the likes of Dimitri Payet, Manuel Lanzini and Victor Moses all surpassing what was expected of them.
However, Bilic is not taking this success for granted, and he wants to see his players continuing to improve to keep up their best chances of qualifying for European football at the end of the season.