It appears that it’s not just the West Ham fans who are wringing their hands in worry. Former Hammers winger Matthew Etherington has told talkSPORT that he too is concerned about the club’s immediate Premier League future.
West Ham host Leicester City at the London Stadium on Friday night as new manager David Moyes aims to answer the questions surrounding his recent appointment with a home win at the first time of asking.
But his Hammers side will need to be much improved from the disappointing display against Watford last week. Goals from Will Hughes and Richarlison gave The Hornets a deserved win with Moyes coming under fire for telling Sky Sports that he ‘expected’ such a performance from his charges.
And Etherington has called on his former side to find their form and fast ahead of a gruelling festive schedule.
"I’ve been really worried by recent performances and there’s a real chance they could go down,” the 36-year-old, who won West Ham’s Player of the Year award in 2004, told Alan Brazil’s Sports Breakfast, broadcast on talkSPORT at 6am.
“There’s real talent in that dressing room - Hernandez, Michail Antonio is an excellent player - but they’re conceding too many goals. “These next two games are key. If they don’t get anything out them they’re in real trouble going into the Christmas period.”
West Ham, who are sitting third from bottom in the Premier League with nine points from 12 games, travel to fellow strugglers Everton after the clash with Leicester ahead of a hugely daunting run of fixtures.
Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal all stand in West Ham’s way before Christmas day – putting huge significance on these next two outings.