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Can West Ham survive their recent injury crisis?

Can West Ham survive their recent injury crisis?

Although Slaven Bilic's new look Hammers outfit have now gone six games in a row without recording a single victory in the Premier League, West Ham nonetheless remain well placed among the league table with almost half the season played.


As the injuries simply seem to be piling up down at Upton Park at the moment however – with a reported lack of finances available throughout the upcoming January transfer window – how long can Bilic's team continue to satisfy their ever demanding fan-base?


Enner Valencia may have very well re-established himself back amongst the first team fold at the Boleyn Ground last time out against Stoke City, but the likes of Winston Reid, Manuel Lanzini, Diafra Sakho, Victor Moses and Dimitri Payet all remain frustratingly side-lined with a whole manner of respective injuries at this particular stage in the proceedings.


So then, whilst several of Slaven Bilic's men will unfortunately go down as long-term absentees ahead of the New Year, can West Ham really survive their recent injury crisis down in the east-end?


Well, although several Hammers fans remain unequivocally sceptical about their team's upcoming fate in the Premier League at the moment…



…there nonetheless remains due cause for positivity in and around Upton Park as things currently stand…




The team are still playing with attractive footballing philosophies firmly in mind, the usual long-ball tactics up to Andy Carroll have definitely become progressively less common as the season has played out – and as the club seem to have propelled themselves in a whole new direction after Sam Allardyce's expected departure in the West Ham dug-out – Slaven Bilic's new side have certainly amassed a great deal of praise from their fans this season.


For once, the Upton Park faithful now watch over a side brimming with a fair amount of strength in depth. Yes, the Hammers look somewhat short of attacking intent without the creative likes of Payet and Lanzini pulling the strings in front of goal, but West Ham still nonetheless saw out their latest Premier League fixture with a decent range of attacking options available. Even in light of the undoubted injury crisis that has afflicted the club of late, each of Andy Carroll, Michail Antonio, Mauro Zarate and Enner Valencia all featured for Bilic this weekend.


In both Zarate and Antonio – the Upton Park faithful bear witness to two hungry stars desperate to stake their claim among the highest tier of the English game. Since arriving at the club, both players have somewhat failed to establish themselves as first team starters – yet as the opportunities have recently come flooding in for such players of late – at least West Ham aren't completely option-less up-top.


However, should Andy Carroll succumb to his traditional bout of long-term injury concerns in 2015/16, Slaven Bilic would subsequently have to turn to Nikica Jelavic in order to hold down the centre-forward role within his side. Although the former Everton and Hull City man hasn't had a real chance to show what he is all about in front of the Hammers crowd this term, such an eventuality would nonetheless arrive as a great concern amongst the Boleyn Ground supporters.


With all things fairly considered, West Ham are therefore roughly one more injury away from seeing their current status change into a full-blown fitness crisis when all is said and done. Although Winston Reid's reported long-term absence can easily be covered by fellow Hammers centre-backs – James Tomkins, James Collins and Angelo Ogbonna this season – West Ham will be forced to spend in January if another attacking outlet falls by the wayside.


As annual injury concerns certainly don't arrive as a newfound phenomenon down at Upton Park however, the determined Hammers supporters will likely maintain an overarching sense of positivity in 2015/16 – simply because it's the last ever season that they will have the chance to watch their team play at the Boleyn Ground.


So, whilst the likes of Sakho, Lanzini and Payet will be undoubtedly missed from the first team fold under Slaven Bilic, the future nonetheless remains a positive place for all West Ham fans going into London's Olympic Stadium next season…


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