Dear worried for winless West Ham

Brian Jeeves

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It was a tough watch!

West Ham United slipped meekly to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Brighton & Hove Albion, their third loss in as many games since the start of the new Premier League season, leaving them rock bottom of the table, without a point or a goal to their name. Former Hammers frontman, Brian Dear is worried!

West Ham supporters trudged despondently out of the London Stadium equally concerned: “I know we have been here before, but this time we have a good side,” Dear told Yellow Sport.

Picture courtesy of Brian Dear

“Yes, I know we need one or two more in to bolster the squad. But if you think back to the times we have struggled in recent seasons, we have done so with a weaker group.

“Declan Rice doesn’t look half the player we have come to recognise. Defensively, we are limp and in front of goal, we lack a ruthless streak.

“The players already look tired. They looked tired throughout pre-season. Of course, we usually struggle against bright, but we went down without much of a fight. Many of the supporters left before the end. Something isn’t right.”

Dear continued: “I like David Moyes and really appreciate the job he has done at West Ham. Of course, I hope he can quickly turn this around. But on the evidence of our first three matches, I’m struggling to see where the next win is coming from.

“It is early in the season, but with only 38 matches you run the risk of getting cut adrift. All the hard work achieved over the past couple  of seasons looks like being undone in the blink of an eye.”

West Ham head to Aston Villa on Sunday. The East Londoners completed a league double over the west Midlanders last season, including an emphatic 4-1 victory at Villa Park last October.

“We look a million miles from the team that thrashed them at Villa Park,” dear added.

“Villa hasn’t started particularly well either, but they have three points and will receive the backing of vocal home support. We’ve got to find something from somewhere but I’m struggling to find any positives at the moment.

“I think Moyes should give Gianluca Scamacca a start. He looked hungry during his fleeting appearances so far. But even then, we need to create chances for him. At the moment, we are short of ideas and don’t look like recovering the situation when we go behind.

“As I said, I’m quite worried at the moment. This team has quality, it has the ability, but it needs to rediscover how to win, how to compete because the outcome doesn’t bear thinking about.”

Brian Dear’s prediction: Aston Villa 1-1 West Ham United
Jeevesie’s prediction: Aston Villa 1-0 West Ham United

Brian Jeeves