Graeme Souness has harsh words for Slaven Bilic and his West Ham players in Swansea stalemate

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Pundit Graeme Souness had some harsh words for West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic and his players during their draw with Swansea City in the Premier League.

The Hammers played out a new record third consecutive 0-0 draw against the managerless Swans in a game of few chances at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday night.

Slaven Bilic's side had just 24% possession in the first half as Swansea dominated a match lacking in any real star quality.

West Ham went into the game amid a horrendous injury crisis which has robbed them of no fewer than seven of their starting XI.

'I'd be having harsh words'

But that did not stop Liverpool legend turned pundit Souness telling it how he saw it in his Sky Sports role for the game, accusing some West Ham players of 'sitting in their armchairs'.

"Well I would have thought Bilic would have a go at his players there," Souness said on Sky Sports during half-time.

"A lot of them are just in their armchair, just happy to sit back and absorb what pressure was coming their way.

"Now he might think he's got the players in the team that can nick them a game, but it's a high risk strategy.

"You've got to have a bit more of the ball than 24%.

"If I had been in his shoes I'd be having some harsh words with some of his players.

"There's definitely some of them in their armchairs."

Souness a frequent West Ham critic

While Souness is paid to give his opinion and is entitled to it, West Ham fans are growing tired of hearing his regular attacks on their club.

The Hammers, with a record of having only been relegated twice in 20 years, were described as 'yo-yo club' by the Scot earlier this year.

The former Tottenham Hotspur player was one of several pundits who ridiculed the Hammers for parting company with Sam Allardyce in the summer telling them to 'be careful what they wish for'.

He has also dismissed the 'West Ham way' as a fallacy and said he was 'fed up of hearing about it from his time in football' on Sky Sports back in May.

Pundits must take a considered view

What Souness fails to do in his role as pundit, though, is offer a considered view on the club.

The Hammers went into the Swansea game missing star player Dimitri Payet, key striker Diafra Sakho, playmaker Manuel Lanzini, top defender Winston Reid, pacy winger Victor Moses and striker Andy Carroll who are all sidelined with injury.

Meanwhile Enner Valencia, who is being slowly eased back into action after missing the last four and a half months through injury, could only feature from the bench.

While the Hammers undoubtedly have a bigger and better squad to cope this season after spending £30 million in the summer, the injury crisis has somewhat inevitably led to a sticky patch.

Bilic has not seen his side win for seven games, although the Hammers have showed resilience to draw five of them.

Those draws mean they remain just four points off the Champions League places in this most open of Premier League seasons.

But instead of praising that resilience, the determination to ensure they do not get beat while suffering so many injuries or West Ham as a club for having strength in depth, Souness opted to yet again lambaste the East Londoners.

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