West Ham supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been pretty downbeat this season having seen their side lose each of their opening four Premier League matches.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men went into their clash at home to newly-promoted Wolves on Saturday having gone down to Liverpool, Bournemouth, and Arsenal in their first three games to thus sit bottom of the Premier League table. And that is where they remain after four matches as a late Adama Traore strike sealed all three points for Nuno Espirito Santo’s team at the London Stadium on Saturday, thus condemning West Ham to four straight defeats to kick-off a season for the first time since 2010/11.
Thus, there have been many disappointed Hammers supporters up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be interested in recent comments from The Daily Mail columnist Jamie Redknapp, who discusses what is going wrong at the East London club.
And one thing he does say in his piece is that ‘now more than ever the owners have to remain patient’, and he is absolutely right to suggest that former Manchester City boss Pellegrini needs time following his appointment in the summer.
Ultimately, the arrival of the Chilean during the close season stimulated much excitement and optimism among West Ham fans, as did the £100 million spending spree that followed, which saw the likes of Felipe Anderson, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko, and Lucas Perez, to name but a few, make the move to the London Stadium.
And with a few players leaving the club as well, notably Cheikhou Kouyate, Patrice Evra, and James Collins, the Hammers squad has overgone a huge overhaul during the window which underlines just how much time is needed for Pellegrini to implement his ideas, at the same time getting the new players to gel with the rest of the squad.
On Saturday for instance, seven of the eleven that started against Wolves were summer signings, while Robert Snodgrass spent the second half of last season on loan at Aston Villa to suggest that he is also pretty new to things at the London Stadium.
Clearly, it was always going to be a tricky start to the new campaign for Pellegrini such has been the overhaul of players alongside the expectation of supporters after big investment over the summer, but such has been the changes at the club, the Chilean will need time to get things going as he would like – and given how well they played in the first half against Arsenal last weekend, it’s clear that things could become very good for the Hammers under Pellegrini.
Obviously, whether he gets that time very much remains to be seen, but such was how heavily the owners backed the 64-year-old during the summer, one would suggest that he is the man they want to take the club forward.
As such, Redknapp is absolutely right to suggest that the owners must remain patient despite their side’s poor start, and thus give Pellegrini the time he needs to affect change at West Ham.
West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!