West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady has suggested in her football diary in The Sun that the team struggled in the opening weeks of the season due to the players and the manager’s unfamiliarity with the Premier League.
The Hammers defeated Arsenal 2-0 away from home at the Emirates Stadium in North London in their opening game of the season, but they then lost 2-1 to Leicester City and 4-3 to Bournemouth at the Boleyn Ground.
Slaven Bilic’s side, though, have bounced back from those two losses, getting the better of Liverpool 3-0 at Anfield before winning 2-0 against Newcastle United at home.
West Ham vice-chairman Brady has suggested that the reason why the Hammers did not make a great start to the campaign was that manager Bilic and some of his summer signings were not familiar with the Premier League.
“Settling in foreign players is very often a problem,” the 46-year-old wrote in her football diary in The Sun (Friday, September 18 entry).
“It was particularly so for West Ham because none of our purchases before the last day of the transfer window had Premier League experience. Neither, as a manager, had Slaven Bilic.
“This may have been the cause of our early mixed results, a surprise win at Arsenal, followed by shaky defeats against Leicester and Bournemouth, then a terrific three points at Liverpool.”
West Ham will be looking to win their third successive Premier League game today when they take on Manchester City away from home.
It will be far from easy, though, as the Citizens have won all five of their league games so far this season and have a very strong record at the Etihad Stadium.