You’ve got to wonder if Alan Pardew envisioned the type of problems his West Ham team encountered against Newcastle United at Upton Park on Sunday. Much of the attention was placed on Glenn Roeder’s reaction to West Ham fans and vice versa, but Pardew must be sweating a bit, since he (perhaps not him personally, but WH was the only one to accept a deal that minimally enhances his squad for a season at most) managed to pull of the coup of the transfer window.
With Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano, Pardew saw two players that could benefit his attacking style of football. Sure, one can say that West Ham play that way, and it’s hard to overlook the contributions of where-were-you-last-year-and-you’re-only-in-because-Dean Ashton’s-out Bobby Zamora, who shares the lead for most goals along with Andy Johnson.
Pardew brought in John Pantsil and Tyrone Mears to shore up his backline, but I haven’t seen that yet. In five games, West Ham has conceded 6 goals, roughly 1.4 per game, which is not much of an improvement over last year’s 1.5 per game. Most importantly, they’ve put in six (of which five were
It would be one thing if Pardew’s front-loaded squad was raining balls into opponents’ nets, but that’s hardly the case. Pardew’s dilemma, of what to do with Tevez, Marlon Harewood,
So it’s the offense. 1.2 per game is atrocious, given the weapons Pardew has north of the backline. Sure, the Hammers aren’t Man U or Chelsea, but with