West Ham start their final four May games on Saturday still with much to prove. Although the season has fizzled out into a damp squib with a painfully long run of miserable results, the manager has stressed that it ain’t how you start it’s how you finish.
If West Ham are to take (an unlikely) 12 points out of 12 and claw back a top table finish from the likes of Everton then a home game against the club at the bottom might normally be the tonic.
But Burnley, although cut adrift, have always had something extra under Sean Dyche and have frequently been tipped as this season’s miracle survivors (although the baton is now in the hands of Leicester).
A bad for result for the Irons might not already put the seal on manager Sam Allardyce’s fate but could also determine the quality of player they can attract in the summer.
Among the latest names linked to the club are Guingamp striker Claudio Beauvue and fellow Ligue One striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, whose Marseille contract expires in the summer. They join Manchester Utd’s Javier Hernandez who is making a splash on loan at Real Madrid.
The club is also said to be interested in Bournemouth front man Callum Wilson whose 23 goals put the South Coast club back in the Premier League. It is a feat, by manager Eddie Howe, not unnoticed at Upton Park where the manager is yet another in the frame to fill Big Sam’s shoes.
West Ham v Burnley, Sat 3pm