West Ham United are sitting comfortably in midtable while Newcastle United are once again battling relegation.

Both big clubs with expectant supporters who have not won a major trophy between them in the last 40 years.

But for the timebeing at least that is where the similarities end.

West Ham have been spending big to try and get closer to the Premier League elite.

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Hammers splashed the cash but you can’t buy attitude

They splashed the cash to bring in title-winning manager Manuel Pellegrini and backed him with £100 million of new players.

That included the record signing of brilliant Brazilian Felipe Anderson for over £40million.

A Premier League-worst injury list has impacted West Ham’s progress this season.

On the pitch though an attitude problem is holding them back more than anything.

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Rank complacency

Hammers players are guilty of rank complacency against so-called lesser sides this season.

West Ham have no problem getting themselves up for games against the top six as wins over Manchester United and Arsenal and draws against Liverpool and Chelsea prove.

 

The East Londoners seem incapable of putting in a 90 minute performance against other sides, though, with the 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace last time out a case in point.

Pellegrini and several players including captain Mark Noble have admitted complacency against lesser clubs has been an issue for the East Londoners.

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Take a leaf out of Newcastle’s book

Ironically what Pellegrini’s side seem to lack in attitude, Newcastle have in spades.

Rafa Benitez’s side have nowhere near as much quality and talent in their ranks as West Ham.

In fact the Spaniard is working wonders keeping the Magpies out of the bottom three on a shoestring budget until now.

But their attitude, workrate and performance levels are far greater.

If West Ham could somehow marry their talent with Newcastle’s attitude instead of just performing against the top six perhaps they could start to challenge them.

West Ham and Newcastle clash at the London Stadium in two weeks. Fittingly it is a game that will mark the naming of one of the stadium’s stands after Hammers legend Billy Bonds, a man who epitomised workrate, desire and attitude.

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