Ex-West Ham hero pleads with fans to stop booing under-fire midfielder

Kevin Nolan

West Ham United hero Leroy Rosenior has demanded that Hammers fans stop booing midfielder Kevin Nolan.

West Ham United have made a decent start to the new season, with Sunday's 2-0 win over Queens Park Rangers now taking Sam Allardyce's side up to seventh place in the Premier League table having racked up ten points from the opening seven games of the season.

New signings such as Aaron Cresswell, Alex Song, Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho have all impressed as the Hammers seek to break into the top ten this term, but one player has incurred the wrath of the Upton Park faithful for his underwhelming performances so far.

Midfielder Kevin Nolan is captain of Allardyce's side, but has made a slow start to the new campaign, starting where he left off last season. Whilst West Ham ran out comfortable winners over QPR, the fans made their frustration over Nolan's displays clear by booing him upon his introduction to the pitch with 15 minutes to play.

The 32-year-old has hit 30 goals in 106 games for the Hammers, and former West Ham hero Leroy Rosenior has pleaded with fans to stop booing the midfielder, and for some fans to cheer over the insults in a bid to keep the team unity together after a bright start to the season.

"Whatever anyone wants to think of him as a player is their decision but he is 100 per cent West Ham and has been since he got here and that makes me even more uncomfortable with what’s happened," said Rosenior.

"So I want to call on all the decent fans – should that ever happen again – to cheer their heads off for the lad and drown out the abusers," he added. "This is a great great club and the vast majority of our fans are brilliant. We have always been recognised as a fair club and what happened to Kevin was very wrong so let all of the good guys put it right if such a horrible situation ever arises again."

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