By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

8th Mar, 2023 | 5:10pm

We’re delighted to welcome former West Ham United striker Frank McAvennie as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at the London Stadium

West Ham are in a “dog fight” in their battle against relegation, with the drop now a real concern for David Moyes according to Frank McAvennie.

The Hammers sit just one point above the relegation zone with 13 games remaining this season after their 4-0 defeat to Brighton at the weekend (4 March).

And McAvennie believes that relegation is now a big concern for the club if they continue to play as they have been, and insists they are not too good to go down despite the quality of players they have in the squad right now.

“If they play the way they’ve been playing, yes (it’s a big concern),” he told West Ham Zone.Simple as that.

“Teams aren’t too good to go down. I think Bournemouth are down and Southampton are down. It’s going to be Leeds or Everton, and West Ham aren’t away yet.

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“Crystal Palace are getting draws all the time. They’re not getting beat but they’re getting draws. There’s a couple of teams down there getting sucked in.

“If West Ham lose a couple of games then they’re back in. They’re in a dog fight.

“There are plenty of games left until the end of the season, so they need to keep going.”

West Ham are still in the Europa Conference League and will face Cypriot side AEK Larneca on Thursday (9 March), before returning to Premier League action against Aston Villa on Sunday (12 March), before a huge relegation six-pointer against Southampton following the international break on 2 April.