Former West Ham United midfielder Gary O’Neil has expressed his concerns over the team’s current mentality amid their poor run of form that has seen the Hammers win just once in 11 games.
Their recent surprise win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge is their only victory since late September, with Manuel Pellegrini seemingly unable to reverse the fortunes of the club ahead of a crucial fixture against fellow Premier League strugglers Southampton on Saturday evening.
Speaking on TalkSPORT, O’Neil highlighted their performance in the 3-0 reverse at Burnley last month and questioned the side’s mentality when voicing his worries about his former club.
He said: “I’ve seen it for weeks now. The Burnley [game] really concerned me, Mark Noble went off injured and they lost their leader and then they fell to pieces, got bullied at the back. It is a real, real worry.
“I don’t know if West Ham’s XI have got that fight and response in it at the moment. A change of manager may give them something but I’m just concerned apart from Nobes, Declan Rice and maybe a couple of others, it just seems a little bit soft mentality-wise. They’re just a little bit easy to roll over.”
The fact that West Ham have been largely unable to stop the rot of terrible results this season does suggest that the squad lacks the personalities to help the club get out of their current predicament.
With Pellegrini’s job reportedly on the line, as well as their Premier League status increasingly coming into question as they continue to suffer on the pitch, it seems that something has to change, hence O’Neil floating around the idea of a new manager coming in at the London Stadium.
That he struggled to name too many players that have the kind of mentality he is looking for also rather encapsulates the Chilean’s present woes at the club.
And the nature of their sudden collapse at home to Arsenal on Monday is yet further evidence that it may be Pellegrini who pays the price if he continues trying to instil a winning feeling at West Ham to no avail.
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