‘West Ham suffering from lack of quality and must improve on performances’


Pablo Zabaleta concedes a lack of quality at West Ham might be the reason the club are struggling under Manuel Pellegrini’s style of play although he believes things will get better for the Hammers with time.

Manuel Pellegrini has so far overseen a run of four losses in the Premier League this season since his appointment as West Ham manager and the Hammers currently sit bottom of the log.

Pellegrini was appointed as David Moyes’ successor following the end of last season owing to his rich experience in the English top flight and his knack for playing attractive football.

That brand of football has not really paid off for the Hammers as a 4-0 demolition at the hands of Liverpool was quickly followed by defeats to Bournemouth, Arsenal and a narrow 1-0 loss to newly-promoted Wolves.

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West Ham defender Pablo Zabaleta has jumped to his manager’s defence admitting that although there is a lack of quality in the side, the club must improve with their performances if they are to avoid relegation this season.

Despite the summer arrival of Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko and Lucas Perez in attack, the Hammers have only been able to muster two goals in four games, both coming off the boots of Marko Arnautovic – one of which was a penalty.

Zabaleta concedes that results and performances have been below expectations thus far, but he believes that given the quality of the Premier League winning manager, results would soon improve at the London Stadium, despite the Chilean possessing far-less quality than he had at his disposal at Manchester City.

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“For the first time maybe he doesn’t have the same quality in the team like he had before. So maybe it’ll take more time than at other clubs for him to get everything right,” the right-back, who spent three years at City under Pellegrini, added.

“At Manchester City, there was so much quality, we won games easily. Here it’s not the same. But he’s a great man, a good manager and will try to find the best way to get the results.”

According to the ex-City full-back, West Ham’s recent struggles are reminiscent of last season’s, when they won only one of their opening six matches, eventually finishing 13th on the Premier League table.

“It’s similar to last season when we didn’t start well and it was tough but we don’t want that. We’ve seen good teams going down before so we must fight,”

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“We’ve got the quality in the team but the players need to put in good performances… you trust in the way he (Pellegrini) works because of the teams he’s worked with before.”

West Ham return to league action against Everton after the international break, before a clash with Chelsea.