Sky Sports stats prove why West Ham should stick with Slaven Bilic
COMMENT By Danny Wright
West Ham should be very careful before swinging the axe over Slaven Bilic.
The club are currently languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League after a miserable run of form has seen them fail to win in their last five matches.
Three back-to-back defeats has led to reports suggesting that Bilic could be facing the chop should results not improve.
However the latest stats from Sky Sports show that the Croatian boss has been extremely unlucky this season when it comes to injuries.
Only Sunderland have seen their players sidelined for more days than West Ham have this season, with the long-term injuries to Diafra Sakho, Alvaro Arbeola, Gokhan Tore and Andy Carroll, as well as others, contributing to a total of 1,574 days of players being treated on the sidelines.
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The injury stats appear to show a bit of a pattern with some of the more impressive teams this season, such as West Brom, Chelsea and Burnley, all having the least amount of injuries to worry about.
Sunderland, Hull and Crystal Palace are all in relegation trouble and they find themselves towards the top end of these unwanted injury stats.
Carroll, notorious for his injury problems, has been one of the worst hit players since the start of 2011/12 missing a total of 723 days with various problems.
Only five players have been worse hit than the ex-Liverpool target man during that period of time.
The season hasn’t gone the way the West Ham hierarchy wants, but Bilic did a fantastic job last season and has had to struggle with other issues this season, such as the move to the new stadium.
The Sun revealed that a top half finish would be enough to keep the 48-year-old in the hot seat at the London Stadium. Most fans will be hoping they achieve that for the club’s sake, but also for Bilic’s.
In other West Ham news, the club are plotting a raid for this Championship boss if Bilic is sacked.