It’s been an affordable sufficient begin for West Ham within the 2023/24 season, although they’ve gone barely off the boil of late.
David Moyes’ aspect started the marketing campaign nonetheless on a excessive after profitable the Europa Convention League title on the again finish of final season.
The next sale of captain Declan Rice allowed them to strengthen considerably with James Ward-Prowse, Mohammed Kudus, Dinos Mavropanos and Edson Alvarez all being secured earlier than the deadline.
It’s subsequently a little bit of a head-scratcher as to why the Irons haven’t fared any higher at this level.
In any occasion, journalist Paul Brown isn’t pleased with the best way Ward-Prowse is being handled, although it’s acquired little to do together with his membership.
“I truthfully discover it very unusual that Ward-Prowse is abruptly out of the England image utterly,” he mentioned to Give Me Sport.
“He was being picked often forward of some very robust candidates for a really very long time when you might argue that he was in nowhere close to the sort of kind that he’s now. I actually don’t suppose that it’s a smart transfer by the England supervisor.
“I believe he’s in one of the best kind I’ve seen him in for a while, and it doesn’t strike me as terribly honest that he’s now not getting a glance in. I believe it’s undoubtedly one which Gareth Southgate must be questioned on.”
It’s arduous to disagree with Brown’s sentiments. To this point in 2023/24, Ward-Prowse has been concerned with two objectives and 9 assists in response to WhoScored.
He has in lots of respects been the fulcrum for the Hammers and on the coronary heart of every thing they do properly.
It additionally begs the query of Gareth Southgate as to what precisely the previous Southampton man must do so as to have the ability to safe a spot within the England squad and, ultimately, the Euro 2024 squad.
If he’s unable to have an effect on the managers thoughts while he’s taking part in so properly, what sensible likelihood does he have in future.