It was a disappointing return to Premier League football for West Ham United on Saturday, losing 2-0 against Wolves at the London Stadium.
The Hammers looked sluggish from the first whistle to the last, and David Moyes will want improvements immediately.
Goals from Raul Jiminez and Pedro Neto separated the sides, with both strikes being scored way too easily from a defensive aspect.
Changes will most likely be made for the games against Chelsea and Spurs, as the Irons start to look over their shoulders at the relegation zone.
Bournemouth, Norwich and Aston Villa all lost as well over the weekend, in what could be seen as a lucky turn of events for the Hammers.
Here are three things we learned from the 2-0 defeat…
1. Cutting edge missing a big worry
Moyes decided to go with Jarrod Bowen, Michail Antonio and Felipe Anderson up front, and all three had very little impact on the clash. Pablo Fornals added a much-needed spark when he came on and looked dangerous, but before that, there was worryingly nothing there. Sebastien Haller may get the nod against Spurs next time out, and his physicality could be vital – the Frenchman has won 7.6 aerial battles per game according to WhoScored and the Hammers must get bodies in and around him to test Spurs.
2. Rice missing from midfield
Declan Rice was moved into the heart of the defence alongside Issa Diop and performed relatively solid with little mistakes. The worst part of this was that he was missing from the midfield and as the game continued, Wolves started to keep the ball way too easily around the middle of the park. The Irons became stretched and there was way too much pressure on the shoulders of Tomas Soucek and Mark Noble, the quicker Angelo Ogbonna is back, the better.
3. Ngakia story takes another turn
It has been well documented that Jeremy Ngakia has rejected a new contract past June at the London Stadium, but yet he still started against Wolves. The young Hammers sensation has the right to leave the club for free in July, so you would have expected Moyes to go with either Ryan Fredericks or Pablo Zabaleta. The 19-year-old has offers on the table from the Bundesliga [The Telegraph] and he will be able to leave in two weeks time unless his appearance yesterday gave us a hint that he could be staying.
In other West Ham United news, Trevor Brooking has claimed that the Irons need this in order to avoid relegation