West Ham United fans are still reeling from their cup humiliation to Oxford United but they need not worry.
The Hammers were thrashed 4-0 by the League One side as they crashed out of the Carabao Cup in midweek.
The result came out of the blue given West Ham’s superb start to the season.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side have been widely tipped to challenge for the top six this season.
What are West Ham?
But West Ham looked a millions miles from that as they surrendered meekly in a competition they should be going all out to win.
West Ham fans love a cup run. And given their 40-year trophy drought they demand the club gives their all to try and win one of the domestic cups.
The Hammers faithful are angry.
And with injuries starting to creep in already, many are fearing their Premier League form will now take a hit given how poor their squad players looked at Oxford.
But West Ham fans should fear not.
‘Best West Ham team of the Premier League era’
That’s according to Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas who has gone as far as to claim this is the best West Ham team of the Premier League era.
“This is the best group West Ham have had in the Premier League,” Nicholas boldly stated on Sky Sports.
“Manuel Pellegrini has bought well. They are aggressive at the back, have a great balance across the park and have a very consistent goalkeeper in Lukasz Fabianski.
“I like Sebastian Haller – he has got a great touch and looks a permanent goal-threat.”
Don’t forget Paolo and the gang
It is great to hear such high praise. But Nicholas is forgetting the superb team which secured the club’s highest ever Premier League finish of 5th under Harry Redknapp back in 1998/99.
With the likes of Paolo Di Canio, Rio Ferdinand, Trevor Sinclair, Frank Lampard, John Hartson, Ian Wright, Eyal Berkovic, Marc-Vivien Foe, Joe Cole and then peak Shaka Hislop the Hammers were a very capable side.
Then there is the team from the Farewell Boleyn campaign of 2015/16. Slaven Bilic spearheaded a memorable season where the club achieved it’s highest ever Premier League points total. And a first positive goal difference since 1986 to boot.
This current side has a long way to go to emulate either of those teams.
Nicholas predicts West Ham will draw away at Bournemouth on Saturday.