Mark Noble commented back in October that the current West Ham squad is the best that he has seen in recent history.
And it goes without saying, that statement now seems utterly laughable.
The Hammers made a fine start to their 2019/20 Premier League campaign. They climbed as high as third at one point.
The last two months have been quite horrendous, however. West Ham have won just one game out of their last nine in the Premier League, and they have fallen down to 15th spot in the table.
Manuel Pellegrini signed Sebastien Haller for £45 million and Pablo Fornals for £24 million in the summer. And neither have impressed thus far.
The Hammers boss also brought in Roberto and David Martin on free transfers, whilst Albian Ajeti and Goncalo Cardoso arrived for around £10 million combined.
And the less said about those the better.
West Ham sold numerous players in the summer too. Marko Arnautovic left for China, Javier Hernandez and Lucas Perez left for La Liga, Pedro Obiang for Serie A and Edimilson Fernades for the Bundesliga.
Meanwhile, Andy Carroll, Adrian and Samir Nasri left on free transfers. So it could be argued that the squad is actually weaker now than it was this time last year.
So taking that into consideration, Noble’s comments from October seem to be so far off the mark.
The 32-year-old told the Evening Standard:
“The best team? Only time will tell, but for me, it’s certainly the best squad. People will say: “Yes, but what about when we had Joe Cole, Jermain Defoe, Glen Johnson and Michael Carrick?” Agreed, they were all fantastic players who came through the academy — England internationals who went on to have phenomenal careers — but we got relegated and they were sold. This, as an overall squad, is definitely the best since I started out in the first team 15 years ago.”
In truth, the current Hammers squad is lacking in every single department. That may sound harsh, but it is reality.
And the fact that Noble thought different just because we made a decent start to the season clearly highlights a big big problem at West Ham.