Embarrassing West Ham fans wrong to boo much maligned summer signing Havard Nordtveit

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West Ham United's first win in seven games was soured by some unsavoury treatment for one of their own players from a large section of the crowd.

The Hammers ended a miserable run without a 1-0 victory against Burnley on Wednesday night thanks to Mark Noble's goal on the stroke of half-time.

The East Londoners went into the game just one place and one point off the bottom three so a win was all that mattered.

And West Ham managed to cling on against Sean Dyche's side to jump up two places to 15th in the Premier League table with another home game against Hull City on the horizon on Saturday.

The win was tainted somewhat, though, by the treatment of summer signing Havard Nordtveit.

West Ham United's Havard NordtveitWest Ham United's Havard Nordtveit

There is no getting away from the fact that the Norwegian is regarded by Hammers fans as one of the worst players to play for the club in many years.

Lacking in any discernable quality, Nordtveit has been woeful in the games he has played this season.

While there is a case to say he may need a run of games to get used to the Premier League, the former Borussia Monchengladbach man has looked like a fish out of water in centre midfield, at right-back and centre back.

Arsene Wenger is no fool and West Ham are seeing why he was happy to release the player without a single appearance for Arsenal before he went to Germany.

 

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic speaks with Havard Nordtveit, Michail Antonio and Arthur Masuaku during the win over BournemouthWest Ham United manager Slaven Bilic speaks with Havard Nordtveit

His late cameo against bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane cost West Ham the game as he was out of position for the equaliser two minutes from time with Bilic's side leading 2-1.

He made things even worse still when he inexplicably went to ground to give away the match-winning penalty in stoppage time much to the disdain of Hammers fans.

It will take some comeback to turn his Hammers career around but despite his ineptitude so far, supporters were patently wrong to welcome his late introduction against Burnley with a chorus of boos.

It was harsh in the extreme and while Nordtveit's future will more than likely lie elsewhere, it is something that will not have gone down well with his teammates.

To boo your own player is a big statement and there were thousands doing it at London Stadium as he replaced skipper Noble in the closing stages.

It is moronic and unhelpful in the extreme at a time when everyone at West Ham needs to be pulling in the same direction.

Booing your own player can only drive a wedge between the team and the supporters in what has already been a tempestuous season on and off the pitch with the big Olympic Stadium move beset by problems and dividing opinion.

If West Ham fans don't believe Nordtveit is good enough, their issue lies with Bilic not the player himself.

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