West Ham have made a fine start to their 2019/20 Premier League campaign. They currently sit in fourth spot in the table, having taken 12 points from their first seven games.

There have been plenty of standout performers for the Hammers.

But who needs to step up?

Here’s a look at five West Ham players who need to raise their games after sluggish starts to the season…

Fabian Balbuena

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Fabian Balbuena (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

The Paraguayan made a real impact at West Ham last season, but his performance levels have dropped dramatically this term.

Balbuena has made four appearances in all competitions for the Hammers this season, and he has looked well off the pace.

And the 28-year-old will need to raise his game soon if he is to jump above Angelo Ogbonna or Issa Diop in the centre-back pecking order.

Felipe Anderson

The Brazilian is arguably West Ham’s most talented player. He joined the Hammers for £41.5 million from Lazio in the summer of 2018 (BBC Sport).


The winger has made a really slow start to the season, however.

He has actually recorded decent stats, with four assists in eight games thus far, but his overall game hasn’t quite been up to scratch.

Anderson has seemed reluctant to take on defenders, hence rendering his blistering pace as useless. The 26-year-old needs to get the spark back if West Ham are to challenge for the top four.

Pablo Fornals

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Pablo Fornals (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

The Spaniard has made a really slow start to life in the Premier League. He has looked well off the pace so far, and he will need to adapt quickly, if he is to be an effective tool for the Hammers this season.

Jack Wilshere

It has been much of the same old story for the Englishman since he moved to the London Stadium in the summer of 2018. Injuries have hindered his progress, but now that he is back fully fit, he must start showing what he is truly capable of.

Albian Ajeti

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Albian Ajeti (Photo by Rob Newell – CameraSport via Getty Images)

The Swiss ace really hasn’t been given much of a chance so far. But when he has, he has looked desperately off the pace.

It must be hard for Ajeti to acclimatise to the pace of English football, considering the fact that he has been used so sparingly.

Whenever he is given a chance, however, he must show Pellegrini even the slightest glimpse of what he’s capable of.

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