West Ham United fans got it wrong with their pessimistic outlook for the club this season.
That’s according to Hammers legend Trevor Sinclair who has admitted he shared supporter fears that West Ham were in for a torrid campaign.
West Ham fans, players and Sinclair were very outspoken over the sale of Grady Diangana to West Brom in the summer.
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But while Diangana has failed to make the step up to the Premier League in a struggling Baggies side, West Ham have made their best start to a season for five years.
David Moyes’s side are fifth in the table and could go third if they beat Manchester United on Saturday evening.
The success and excitement on the pitch has dissipated the dark clouds that started to gather after back-to-back defeats at the start of the season.
And Sinclair told talkSPORT this week that he and many West Ham fans got it all wrong.
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“I got it wrong,” an honest Sinclair admitted on talkSPORT.
“I think I was echoing what a lot of West Ham fans thought after that initial game against Newcastle which was a tepid performance.
“The run they’ve been on has been absolutely superb. They’ve played a lot of the big clubs and got great results, typified by the comeback against Spurs.
“(But) I think there’s been a bit of fortune in there, David Moyes has fallen on a formation – he’ll probably deny that – but I think Cresswell never looked like a left-back that was good enough going forward or good enough defending (in recent times) and neither did (Arthur) Masuaku. Arthur’s a great wing-back but he’s not a good fullback.
“The fact that he’s been able to put both those players in the team has played a key part. Signing Vladimir Coufal’s been excellent. We know about Tomas Soucek and his goals and the balance and the athleticism that he’s brought to the club.
‘I definitely got it wrong and I think most fans were in the same boat’
“I just feel they’ve found a formation that suits the team. David Moyes has run with it, you know it’s 343 in possession (and) 541 out of possession – which most teams are out of possession. And I just feel the boys have taken to it really well and the performances have been superb.
“I definitely got it wrong. I think most fans were in the same boat as me in thinking that it was going to be a really difficult season.
“(Signing Said) Benrahma, that hadn’t happened when I said it was going to be a really difficult time. They’ve got Benrahma in and it’s looking really good.”