West Ham United duo Mark Noble and Ryan Fredericks have made some bold statements over the weekend.
West Ham let a 1-0 lead slip at home to Crystal Palace to lose 2-1 on Saturday.
It meant Manuel Pellegrini’s side surrendered their six-game unbeaten streak and dropped to eighth in the Premier League table.
West Ham have been widely tipped to challenge the top six.
Hammers duo believing their own hype
Both captain Mark Noble and defender Ryan Fredericks have bought into the hype.
Speaking in The Evening Standard Noble boldly claimed this was the best Hammers squad for nearly two decades.
“I’m told that one of our former players and a real fans’ favourite — Martin Allen — said recently that this is the best West Ham team he had ever seen,” Noble told The Evening Standard.
“The best team? Only time will tell, but for me, it’s certainly the best squad… This, as an overall squad, is definitely the best since I started out in the first team 15 years ago.”
‘Two good players for every position’ – behave
Then speaking after the buzzkill defeat to Palace, Fredericks also made a bullish claim about Pellegrini’s squad (Football London).
“We know we’re a good team, we’re confident as a squad because we have the same depth as the so-called top six,” Fredericks told Football London.
“And that’s where we want to be… We have two good players for every position and we’re confident whoever we play against that on our day we can beat any team.”
While it is great to be confident. The harsh reality is there is no evidence to back up either claim.
Comments laughable, get in the real world
In fact it could be argued – injuries aside – West Ham’s squad is weaker than last season.
The Hammers are in a ludicrous situation where they have just one proven striker, Sebastien Haller, to choose from.
Only the unproven and clearly unfancied Albian Ajeti is in reserve.
West Ham are a Declan Rice injury away from disaster with the woefully bad Carlos Sanchez Pellegrini’s only alternative for defensive midfield.
And with star player Lukasz Fabianski out for three months West Ham already look massively weaker at the back.
To suggest this is the best West Ham squad for 10, 20, 30 years or even of all time is totally unrealistic.
Proof, if it were needed, was ample in the pathetic 4-0 cup defeat to Oxford.
It is time for Noble and co to calm down and not lose touch with reality.
Let others talk about how good – or not – the squad is. You just concentrate on performances on the pitch.