West Ham United fans were subjected to another frustrating result at the weekend, with Manuel Pellegrini’s side throwing away a lead to draw 1-1 at home with newly promoted Sheffield United.
While Robert Snodgrass had given the Hammers the advantage before half-time, the Blades rallied and a goal from Lys Mousset meant the spoils ended up shared.
West Ham supporters will look at this as another missed opportunity, with the club’s form over recent weeks starting to nullify an excellent start to the campaign.
The result leave the Irons in mid-table, but this result, along with disappointing consecutive losses to Crystal Palace and Everton, mean the supporters are left thinking about what could have been.
The 5-0 opening day loss to Manchester City aside, West Ham’s defence has been relatively secure despite injuries to key men at the back.
Winston Reid continues his rehabilitation after 18 months on the sidelines, with goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has suffered a setback also.
But, it is at the other end of the park where West Ham need to sharpen up if they are to receive support from the punters in Premier League betting on European qualification berths for 2019-20.
The Hammers have only scored 12 goals from their opening 10 games and there is an over-reliance on summer club-record signing Sebastien Haller to provide penetration in the final third.
The Frenchman looks to be the number nine that West Ham fans have craved for over the last decade, but on Saturday the former Eithracht Frankfurt man looked isolated.
Still getting to grips with life at West Ham and the pace of English football, Haller’s return of four goals so far show that he knows where the back of the net is when given the opportunity.
That said, things haven’t quite clicked in attacking midfield, with Pellegrini having a wealth of options to pick from but the Irons not hitting top gear as yet.
While the likes of Andriy Yarmolenko, Jack Wilshere, Manuel Pellegrini, Michail Antonio and Pablo Fornals are all in a battle to secure a starting berth, most supporters would agree that Felipe Anderson is a nailed-on name in the West Ham starting XI.
The Brazilian playmaker has delighted the Hammers fans in his time at the London club but the South American has been guilty of inconsistency so far this season.
Mercurially talented, Anderson can be devastating when on the ball and has all the attributes to be a real star for West Ham.
In his first campaign in England last season, the 26-year-old netted nine Premier League goals, provided four assists and looked value for the £36 million the club paid Lazio for his services.
However, this season Anderson has struggled to have a real impact on games for sustained periods, with his influence on proceedings seemingly waning.
With Lanzini on the bench and other options, to pick from what can Pellegrini do to get the best out of the Brazilian star?
Much may have to do with the attacking players around him.
Anderson looks to have struck up an understanding with Haller, but it remains to be seen if Yarmolenko is the right final cog for the West Ham attacking triumvirate.
When the Brazilian was coming through the ranks back in his homeland, the skilful attacking midfielder caught the eye of visiting scouts as part of an exciting Santos outfit.
Alongside the West Ham man, future Brazil internationals Neymar and Ganso starred in the Sao Paolo based side.
Away from the field Anderson and Neymar became close friends and their understanding on the pitch led to both staring and securing big-money moves to Europe.
Potentially getting another West Ham star to feed off Anderson and work in tandem with him could be the recipe to success for the London club.
Yarmolenko is clearly an able player, but Lanzini could well be a more suitable choice in the starting XI.
The Argentine struck up an excellent understanding with Dimitri Payet before the Frenchman betrayed West Ham, with his quick feet and intricate style of play making him a fans’ favourite before injury woes derailed his career.
Getting Lanzini fully fit and firing, while pairing him with fellow South American Anderson in support of Haller, looks like an exciting and potentially devastating proposition.
For Anderson, while he has offered up three assists this term, the playmaker has yet to hit the back of the net for West Ham in 2019/20.
The 26-year-old is selfless in his play and often looks to find others in space, but to get to the next level the Brazilian could and should work on adding goals to his game.
A return of nine strikes last term showed what Anderson is capable of and the supporters will hope that a similar return this season would play an important part in a top-eight finish.
West Ham have now not recorded victory in their last five games in all competitions, but looking forward there are games that the Irons must look to prevail in.
This starts with a home clash against Newcastle United and an away day at Burnley, before the international break.
Getting Anderson on the ball and hopefully on the scoresheet in these games could well be the catalyst to getting the player and team’s fortunes back on the right track.