West Ham United have endured a miserable start to the new season.
West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic watches on
West Ham were looking for a huge response having been beaten 4-2 by Watford last weekend, and travelled to West Brom on Saturday with hopes of kickstarting their season – but what they got was another 4-2 defeat.
West Ham United's Michail Antonio looks dejected
First half goals from Nacer Chadli, Salomon Rondon and James McClean put West Brom 3-0 up, and Chadli's second shortly after the break all but killed the game off.
Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini did hit back with goals but West Ham couldn't get anything out of the game, and the pressure is now mounting on manager Slaven Bilic.
Having leaked 13 goals so far this season, only Stoke City have conceded more goals than the shambolic Hammers, and two of their former players have been discussing the situation at the London Stadium.
Manchester City's Raheem Sterling in action with West Ham United's Arthur Masuaku
Defender Matthew Upson suggested to BBC Sport's Match of the Day 2 Extra that Bilic has a number of problems, from losing Andy Carroll and Aaron Cresswell to new signing Andre Ayew suffering an injury, whilst also criticising the performance of left back Arthur Masuaku.
Summer signing Masuaku endured a nightmare game against West Brom, and pundit Trevor Sinclair suggested it was a shame for him to perform like that having been one of West Ham's better players so far this term.
Sinclair added that he agrees with the notion that West Ham are really missing striker Carroll, as he presses opposition defences – something West Ham are lacking right now.
West Ham's Andy Carroll
“He's lost Andy Carroll, who's a person that can be difficult to fit into the team if you don't play to his strengths,” said Upson. “Defensively, he's lost Cresswell, Ayew was a top signing but is out for four months. There have been a lot of unsettling things happen, and they just look unsettled. I look at the left back who played, and it was a bit of a disastrous performance overall.”
“It's a shame because Masuaku has been one of West Ham's better players this season, but I agree on Andy Carroll. He understands that defending starts from the front, and he was always the first one to press – I'm not sure that they've got that,” added Sinclair.
What did you think of Masuaku's performance against West Brom? Do you think West Ham are missing Carroll?