West Ham legend Trevor Brooking opens up on 'worrying' start to season

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 1:59pm

By James Gray @jamestingray

West Ham have lost their first four games of the season and with a tough run of fixtures coming up, club legend Trevor Brooking is worried that things might not get much better any time soon.

The club invested more than £100 million in the squad over the summer and brought in former Premier League winner Manuel Pellegrini as manager.

But defeats to Liverpool, Bournemouth, Arsenal and Wolves have left the Hammers rock bottom of the Premier League table.

"It is worrying because defensively we've conceded 10 goals, we've only scored two and there's also a lot of discussion about the midfield area!" Brooking told Ian Stone's Comedy Breakfast.

"All those three topics means you'll have a big debate with any crowd of West Ham fans about what the current starting XI should look like because with nine or 10 players coming in, the squad is one where you have to try things.

"But at present, none of it has quite worked."

After an active summer with £36m Felipe Anderson topping the list of 11 arrivals in total, Hammers fans had been dreaming of a top-10 finish or even European football.

But instead they are staring down the barrel of a potential relegation battle that few if any of the squad can have anticipated.

And their poor form has even left supporters considering whether Crystal Palace's record of seven straight defeats at the beginning of the season might be in jeopardy.

"I don't think there's a West Ham fan around who isn't discussing that scenario," Brooking added.

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini"When the fixtures came out they always looked tough up until the end of October. That's why Bournemouth and Wolves were really important games. So to have lost them at home...

"We've got Everton away. You've got to give credit to Huddersfield who went there and got a draw.

"It will be the last game of Richarlison's ban so they go up there not facing him which is important.

"But then after that it's Chelsea and Man United at home, Brighton away who are doing very well at home and then Spurs back at home.

"The next three home games other than the League Cup are against three of the top six.

"Having said that, as a player and a fan, any West Ham person will tell you that it's the type of game where we might come to life and get a result."

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