By Danny Wright

11th Mar, 2017 | 5:09pm

January signing is a flop: Three things learned about West Ham in defeat to Bournemouth

By Danny Wright

Football Insider analyses three talking points from West Ham’s 3-2 loss to Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

Fonte is a flop

There was a lot of excitement among the West Ham supporters when they signed Jose Fonte from Southampton in January, however the 33-year-old is already looking like a poor signing for the club. The Hammers appeared to be on the up before they signed the ex-Saints captain, but is it a coincidence that they have only won one game in which he has played? Slaven Bilic’s side haven’t kept a clean sheet with Fonte on the pitch and have conceded 15 goals in his first six matches for the club. Maybe it was the added burden of being captain that made him a better player for Southampton or his long-term spell at the club meant he played harder for then. Whatever it was though, he certainly hasn’t replicated those performances for the Irons.

Bilic axed the wrong winger

The West Ham boss opted to drop Robert Snodgrass to bring Michail Antonio back into the side, however this was definitely the wrong call. Antonio is the club’s best player and he has to start in his natural right-wing position. The 26-year-old missed the loss to Chelsea on Monday through suspension but didn’t take long to put his side ahead. He would have been even more effective on the right and it made no sense to force him out of position when Snodgrass was seemingly dropped just to accommodate him in the side. Feghouli has had a poor debut season for the east London club so this was a big pre-match blunder on Slaven Bilic’s half. It became even clearer that Feghouli has to be axed for the next game when Andre Ayew grabbed a goal off the bench.

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Hammers desperate for a right-back

It was apparent very early on that Cheikhou Kouyate isn’t the most comfortable in the right-back slot. Sofiane Feghouli was forced to get back and defend as the hosts looked to exploit that specific weakness and it worked when the former Porto man conceded an early penalty. Bournemouth again probed down the right-flank and found it all too easy to get in behind the Hammers’ defence to earn their second spot-kick. Sam Byram, despite his injury woes, has barely played this season and he looks to have already shown that he cannot be trusted to remain fully fit throughout an entire campaign. The former Leed’s full back did get an important assist when he came off the bench, however Bournemouth’s winner materialised after at attack down his side of the pitch.

In other West Ham news, the club are reportedly willing to offer this 24-year-old a new deal in order to end interest from Liverpool.

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