West Ham United fans will be reassured by the claim of a member of the club’s backroom staff.
The Hammers got the new season off to the worst possible start with a 5-0 drubbing at home to Manchester City.
While most supporters are keeping the result in context given the opposition, there were a number of things that raised cause for concern.
Cause for concern or much ado about nothing?
The naive tactics of Manuel Pellegrini. A lack of cohesion on the pitch for long periods. A lack of defensive organisation and willingness to do the dirty side of the game. A lack of game-changing options from the bench and cover at fullback and in defensive midfield.
Some supporters are also concerned there may be a lack of characters when skipper Mark Noble is not playing.
West Ham let some big personalities leave in the summer. Marko Arnautovic, Andy Carroll and Adrian were all dominant figures in the dressing and well liked as was the affable Pedro Obiang.
All have departed.
But West Ham fans need worry not.
‘Best I’ve ever experienced’
That’s according to the club’s player liaison officer Hugo Scheckter who has lifted the lid on the brilliant team spirit under Pellegrini.
“Team morale/atmosphere best I’ve ever experienced in any of my seasons in football – ready for a big season! Come on you Irons,” Schecter said on Twitter.
— Hugo Scheckter (@HugoScheckter) August 9, 2019
The player liaison officer used to work at Southampton too so he has seen many different squad environments over the years with players coming and going.
Much of the credit must go to Hammers skipper Mark Noble who takes great pride in his responsibility in engaging with his teammates and looking after the dressing room.
He will be in attendance at Brighton on Saturday even though he cannot play due to a calf injury (Evening Standard).
Supporters reassured but now go and prove it
His words will reassure supporters who might understandably be concerned following the opening day humbling.
West Ham will be looking to showcase their excellent team spirit when they take on Brighton today.
But the Seagulls will be no pushovers.
They got life under Graham Potter off to a great start with a 3-0 away win over Watford last time out.