West Ham crawling over the Premier League survival line

West Ham drew 1-1 with struggling Stoke City at the London Stadium on Monday night. However, the Irons needed a 90th-minute equaliser from giant striker Andy Carroll to avoid a potentially damaging defeat.

David Moyes side are now seven points clear of the relegation zone. While they are not quite clear of the drop zone, the side from the English capital should have just enough to survive the drop this season.

Moyes has produced mixed results

West Ham appointed former Everton boss David Moyes in November with the team in the relegation zone. The Scot has not exactly been a resounding success, but he has moved the club out of the bottom three and looks likely to save the Irons from the drop.

In truth, the Hammers have produced a real mixed bag of results since his appointment. However, it seems if they stay up, the Irons fans are stuck with the Scot for a while longer.

The squad need majorly improving

Last summer West Ham made what looked like good signings in the shape of Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta and Javier Hernandez amongst others. All three looked like good signings.

However, the team’s mixed results mirror the success of the trio this season. Hart has made too many errors, including one against Stoke that saw Peter Crouch score. Zabaleta has looked his age and Hernandez has struggled for goals.

The club will need to invest heavily once again in improving their squad this summer if they are to avoid a similar campaign to this season.

There seems little doubt that the Irons will survive the drop. However, disturbances on the pitch and in the stands earlier this season show that the fans are disgruntled. The main reason for their unhappiness is likely to be that the team are crawling towards safety, rather than in the top-half of the Premier League table.

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