Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness has made an extremely bold claim about West Ham United which will shame the playing squad and staff.
West Ham twice threw away the lead at Newcastle United to draw 2-2 on Sunday.
It was far from the worst result in the world for West Ham given the form Newcastle have been in.
But the way the game panned out and the manner in which West Ham surrendered the lead within two minutes of going 2-1 means it very much felt like two points dropped.
Two points dropped by West Ham heading in the right direction
Four points from games against Chelsea and Newcastle is more than West Ham had expected.
And as results continue to go West Ham’s way it has given David Moyes’s side a huge chance to beat the drop.
It is all a far cry from the start of a season which promised so much.
West Ham were backed to challenge for the European places at the start of the campaign.
And Manuel Pellegrini’s side looked good for it too when they started the campaign by going unbeaten in seven games.
Then came injuries to Michail Antonio and Lukasz Fabianski and the rest as they say is history.
Souness makes bold claim about West Ham
But Sky Sports pundit Souness echoed sentiments many fans, pundits and commentators were sharing at the start of the season when he made a bold claim about West Ham after the Newcastle draw.
The Scot says West Ham have the best squad on paper outside the top six and challenged the studio to name a better one.
“Who, outside the top six, have got a better squad than West Ham?” Souness asked on Sky Sports’s coverage of the game.
“On paper, but what does that matter. Who, on paper? But paper is worth nothing you can tear it up in a second.
“I think West Ham underperform. With that group they should easily be midtable up the way, for me.”
Pundit’s comments evoke memories of last year but it’s a damning indictment
Souness makes a salient and sobering point.
And it once again casts the spotlight on Pellegrini, Moyes and the players who have simply failed to lived up to expectations.
Holding onto leads has been the major issue.
West Ham have now thrown away 24 points from winning positions this season, the most in the Premier League.
With just half those points now West Ham would already be comfortably safe and ensconced in midtable.
With all of them they would be sitting in joint fifth place with Manchester United and battling for the Champions League spots.