By West Ham Zone speaking to Frank McAvennie

23rd Oct, 2022 | 5:10pm

Pundit: West Ham United should beat Bournemouth if they play to 60 percent of their ability

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

Frank McAvennie feels West Ham only need to be at 60 percent of their ability to beat Bournemouth in their Premier League clash on Monday night.

The Hammers currently sit just two points above the relegation zone after 11 games of the season, having picked up just three wins so far, and face a Bournemouth side who saw their six-game unbeaten run come to an end last time out against Southampton.

But despite their differing situations so far during this season, McAvennie feels that David Moyes’ side should be winning games against teams like Bournemouth and they can do it even if they only perform at 60% of their capabilities.

“They had two games against Fulham and Wolves and they won the two of them,” he told West Ham Zone.

“They’ve got to win the games against the likes of Bournemouth. That’s for sure. They should have won the game against Southampton, but it’s not what it was.

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“If they score the penalty then they get a draw, which is a good result at Anfield.

“I wouldn’t be too concerned about them at the moment. They’ve got to beat Bournemouth, simple as. You’ve got to win those games to get back up there and fighting for the spaces in Europe.

“You’ve got to beat teams like Bournemouth. We should expect West Ham to win that game. If they play to 60 percent of their ability they’ll beat them.”

The Hammers were beaten 1-0 last time out against Liverpool, with Jarrod Bowen missing a penalty. But McAvennie has backed him to retain those duties against Bournemouth despite the miss.