West Ham captain Mark Noble claims that his side were not ruthless enough in the win over Norwich City before the international break and they need to sharpen up in front of goal.
The Hammers beat Norwich 2-0 at the London stadium in an impressive performance, but perhaps should have scored more.
Summer signing Sebastien Haller has looked impressive at the start of the season and is justifying his £45million price tag (BBC), while there is also a plethora of attacking talents in the squad.
But Noble wants West Ham to be more clinical going forward and feels it’s a big area to improve.
They travel to newly-promoted Aston Villa after the international break and it will be intriguing to see if they can put them to the sword.
“We should have scored six or seven ourselves [against Norwich], and that’s what I’m most disappointed about,” Noble said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“When you have games like that, you need to be ruthless. We weren’t ruthless enough, but we didn’t concede – and, importantly, we got that 2-0 win.”
Noble may be frustrated with a lack of cutting edge going forward, but West Ham have scored eight goals in their opening five games across all competitions this campaign and should only improve.
They now appear to have a quality goalscorer with Haller spearheading the attack and all eyes are on him to see if he can perform throughout the whole year.
Meanwhile, the likes of Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini and Andriy Yarmolenko should be able to chip in with plenty of goals too.
Pellegrini’s attacking style can now be seen to be flowing through his team and they are definitely a dark horse to break into the European spots this year considering the quality in their group.