Stuart Pearce explained on the Sky Sports Now show on Sky Sports News HQ on Friday morning how West Ham United are different from bigger clubs such as Manchester United when it comes to coping with injuries to key players.
West Ham attacking midfielder Dimitri Payet has been ruled out for up to three months with an ankle injury he sustained during a Premier League game against Everton just before the two-week international break.
When discussing the effect the absence of the France international will have on the Hammers’ season, former Nottingham Forest manager Pearce said: “I think with teams like West Ham, if you lose one or two of your key players, it can really affect.
“The bigger clubs, the Manchester Uniteds, can probably carry that a little bit better, but teams like West Ham they really miss them.”
Payet has been one of the best players in the Premier League so far this season and indisputably the best for West Ham.
The 2015 summer signing has scored five goals and created 46 chances in 12 league matches so far this campaign.
The former Marseille star will be badly missed by West Ham, but manager Slaven Bilic will have to find a way to win matches without him.
The Hammers will return to Premier League action on Sunday when they take on London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.