West Ham finished last in the Premier League Asia Trophy as they lost 1-0 to Newcastle on Saturday.
Yoshinori Muto scored the only goal of the game as Steve Bruce’s side won the third-placed play-off in China.
The Japan international converted from close range after an excellent cross from young right-back Jamie Sterry, having been left alone in the box by the West Ham centre-backs.
The Hammers never looked at the races, as they were sloppy in possession and failed to create any real chances of note – with Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka fairly untroubled throughout the game.
It must be said, however, that West Ham were still missing Sebastien Haller, Pablo Fornals and Fabian Balbuena, who are all likely to be starters in the Premier League for Manuel Pellegrini next season.
We have decided to take a look at four things West Ham can learn from the defeat to Newcastle…
West Ham need Haller ASAP
Javier Hernandez offered nothing up front, and little changed when Michail Antonio led the line towards the end of the match. After bringing Haller in for a club-record fee, West Ham will be hoping he can be involved as soon as possible.
Lanzini looks a shadow of his former self
Lanzini was ineffectual once again for West Ham. His injury appears to have affected him more than people hoped, which is a shame as he was superb for the Hammers in the 2017/18 campaign.
Pellegrini may need a rethink
After two poor performances from West Ham, Pellegrini may look to explore different tactics and formations in the rest of their pre-season games. The Hammers need to be at their best going into the Premier League as they push for a top-six finish.
Cullen needs to leave
Although it was likely already, Josh Cullen needs to leave West Ham. The 23-year-old is not going to make it in the first-team and the club need to move him on permanently.
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