If there is one thing West Ham United fans agree on it is that they have the worst fullbacks in the Premier League.
Once again the meek, nervous and out of his depth Ryan Fredericks was matched in his ineptitude by Aaron Cresswell on the opposite flank against Burnley.
Both combined their defensive negligence to allow Burnley to score the only goal of an intensely frustrating defeat at the London Stadium.
Fredericks meandered over to Charlie Taylor giving him all the time in the world to send a cross into the West Ham box.
Fredericks and Cresswell cost Hammers again
Cresswell lost his man and reacted late as Jay Rodriguez planted a header into the top corner.
Social media was instantly flooded with frustrated criticism of the duo who were equally woeful all game.
That’s because West Ham fans know neither are good enough. They have done for a long time. And their frustration stems from the fact co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold seem utterly clueless to the glaringly obvious. Or they are just unwilling to truly invest to improve a squad which reads as though it has been assembled by a 12-year-old playing Football Manager.
In Cresswell’s case his saving grace is that his back-up, Arthur Masuaku, is even worse – at least when it comes to defending.
The fact Masuaku can’t get a game tells you everything about his own ability.
Fredericks, though, has a highly rated player waiting to take his place in the shape of academy graduate Ben Johnson.
Time for Johnson
And it is time for David Moyes to see sense and give the 20-year-old his big chance at Norwich on Saturday.
After all he cannot do any worse than Fredericks.
If West Ham fans were wondering why Fredericks and Cresswell saw so much of the ball against Burnley, it’s because that’s exactly what Sean Dyche wanted.
He set his Burnley reserve side up to expose West Ham’s now notorious weakness.
West Ham have left themselves right in the mire by losing to Burnley.
A shock result for Aston Villa or Bournemouth tonight and West Ham go to Norwich with a huge weight of pressure on their shoulders.
Worst fullbacks in the league dragging West Ham to the Championship
And we’ve all seen how West Ham respond to pressure situations.
It sums up everything about West Ham that they can beat Chelsea 3-2 and lose to Burnley a week later.
They looked leggy and in fairness Nick Pope won Burnley the game.
The forwards were just as much to blame for the end result with Michail Antonio and Sebastien Haller missing golden chances.
But West Ham haven’t kept a clean sheet for 14 games and it is the fullbacks that are the problem.
They cost West Ham yet again at a stage where every point is vital.
If Moyes does not act they will drag the Hammers down to the Championship.