At the start of the season nobody expected West Ham to be in the trouble that they now find themselves! With an experienced and erudite top tier manager, a reasonable amount of cash to splash, and in Fabianski, Diop and Rice a decent spine to add flair players that could push the club to the next level. It all seemed ready for the great leap forwards.
But wind forward to late January and a real dogfight awaits the Hammers. Do we have enough spine to survive the battle? We looked at our current squad and asked the simple question? On a tough game trying to get something away at Man City or Liverpool or scrapping it out against Watford or Burnley what names do you want on your starting XI - who can we call lovers and who are our fighters?
For sure, a bit of class can ultimately separate things when teams go toe to toe, but in order to survive you need a healthy supply of fighters to create a platform for the lovers to do their thing!
Here's VWH's verdict - Pellegrini brought in plenty of lovers, many quite injury-prone, but do we have enough warriors in the ranks?
What do you think of our ratings? Can Moyes bring out the inner fighter in some of our fancy Dans?