Charlie Nicholas suggests West Ham United squad is average

Slaven Bilic, Manager of West Ham United looks on prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Brighton and Hove Albion at London Stadium on October 20, 2017 in London,...

West Ham United are struggling in the Premier League at the moment.

Slaven Bilic applauds his fans at the end of the Premier League match between Burnley and West Ham United at Turf Moor on May 21, 2017 in Burnley, England.

Former Arsenal and Celtic forward Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports that the current West Ham United squad is average.

Nicholas made the damning claim ahead of the Hammers’ EFL Cup fourth-round tie against Tottenham Hotspur away from home at the Wembley Stadium in London on Wednesday evening.

New West Ham manager Slaven Bilic looks on during the UEFA Europa League match between West Ham United and FC Lusitans at Boleyn Ground on July 2, 2015 in London, England.

While predicting Tottenham to win 3-0, the former Scotland international told Sky Sports: “What does Slaven Billic do? If he plays a strong team they could still be embarrassed.

“I'm a fan of Bilic but this is a really average group of players. He's partly responsible but I don't think you should judge him on a match like this.”

Slaven Bilic, Manager of West Ham United gives his team instructions during a Pre Season Friendly between Manchester City and West Ham United at the Laugardalsvollur stadium on August 4,...

West Ham are struggling at the moment and currently find themselves level on points with third-from-bottom Everton.

The Hammers do have some good players and should be pushing for a top-10 finish in the Premier League table at least.

Players such as Javier Hernandez, Aaron Cresswell, Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini are wonderful and very talented, but there are others who are struggling.

Summer signing Marko Arnautovic has failed to live up to expectations, while midfielder Mark Noble is not playing well at the moment.

Much was expected of Joe Hart when he switched to the Hammers on a season-long loan deal from Manchester City in the summer transfer window, but the England international goalkeeper has been a disappointment so far the London Stadium.

Meanwhile, West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has been quoted as saying by The Daily Mail that manager Bilic does not know his best starting lineup.

“At this moment in time I don't think Slaven knows what his best XI is but when he does we will have a team that's very hard to beat,” The Daily Mail quotes Sullivan as saying.

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