Many were surprised when Kevin Nolan left Newcastle to drop down into the Championship to join West Ham, but joining up with Sam Allardyce for a third time made a lot of sense.
He scored five goals in his opening 11 games, helping West Ham pick up important results, and re-ignited his partnership alongside loanee Andy Carroll which proved successful at Newcastle.
This time around Carroll has not played a single minute since signing permanently due to injury, and Nolan has just one goal in 14 games.
He was substituted 58 minutes into the defeat at Crystal Palace last night, taken off along with the ineffective Carlton Cole, with the Hammers already 1-0 down.
The inclusion of Ravel Morrison in an attacking role meant Nolan played a defensive role, and it did not really pay off.
It could be argued he was partly at fault for Marouane Chamakh's winner, impeding teammate Mark Noble who appeared well positioned to clear the ball off the line, as he sought unsuccessfully to do so himself.
He touched the ball 40 times in those 58 minutes, a lower ratio than midfield partner Mark Noble who had 84 touches across the full 90.
Nolan also recorded a pass completion rate of 70 per cent, which was the lowest of any midfielder on the pitch, barring Crystal Palace's Barry Bannan. It was particularly poor considering he completed just 27 passes; Noble made 74.
The midfielder had one shot which tested goalkeeper Julian Speroni, and did to his credit create one goalscoring opportunity. However he was dispossessed on three occasions, more than any other West Ham player, even those who played the full match.
With Sam Allardyce under pressure as West Ham struggle for consistency, loyal servant Nolan's dip in form is quite rightly causing discontent among supporters.
Here is what they had to say on Twitter:
What's the worse that could happen.. We get relegated, Allardyce goes, Nolan goes, we start again. Sounds like a good idea to me. #whufc— Reggie (@Reggie_Disley) December 3, 2013
Time for Mr Nolan to take a rest. Diame Noble Morrison midfield with Jarvis/Cole and Downing wide. Maiga/Cole/Carroll up front. #whufc— AllLondonCabbie (@AllLondonCabbie) December 3, 2013
Sucks to have Jarvis, Diame and Nolan in such bad form and Carroll injuries when we need them all so bad! #WHUFC— Ed Ayling (@thatboied) December 3, 2013
Pathetic result tonight for the Hammers. Big Sam has had his time with us and he needs to go and take Nolan with him #whufc— Justin Finch 父 (@justin_finch) December 3, 2013
Also, time for Nolan to step down. We need a proper captain and a decent footballer to take the crown. #WHUFC— Holly Braine (@hollybraine) December 3, 2013
Nolan is finished, tonight is the death knell. Defended him for too long. Why Allardyce dropped Jarvis & Demel is beyond me as well. #whufc— Alex Shilling (@alexshilling) December 3, 2013
Can't get over how poor we were second half last night. No fight what so ever. No one played well but Nolan and O'brien were a disgrace— Lee Pardon (@B1gLeeP89) December 4, 2013