West Ham United legend Trevor Sinclair got it spot on yet again when he picked up on a rare positive coming out of his old club.
It is a thoroughly miserable time to be a West Ham fan right now.
The club seems to be a shambles from top to bottom and everything that can go wrong will go wrong at the moment.
Back-to-back defeats to start the season. No new signings. The manager and two players out due to Covid-19. Unrest among players and fans. A reported rift in the boardroom.
A young star sold against the wishes of the manager and fans. The board embarrassing supporters in interviews and newspaper columns. A horror run of fixtures to come, starting with Wolves on Sunday night.
And that’s all before the inevitable annual West Ham injury curse strikes.
But there are some positives for West Ham. Bar the opening day defeat to Newcastle, the Hammers have performed pretty well.
Comprehensive wins over Charlton and Hull in the Carabao Cup sandwiched an undeserved defeat at Arsenal.
Alese and co give glimmer of hope
Some of the club’s fringe and young players have shone too.
One of those was highly-rated young defender Aji Alese who impressed in the 5-1 win over Hull in midweek.
When West Ham fans have needed a high-profile voice to speak up for them during the dark times of late, Sinclair has stepped forward.
And Sinclair was on the money again when he highlighted comments made by 19-year-old Alese as being just what West Ham fans want to hear.
Sinclair loves young star’s comments
Speaking to the club’s official website after his debut, Alese said: “Thank you for your kind messages about the game on Tuesday.
“I’ve been at the club since the age of eight or so, and it’s always been a dream to play for West Ham United. This is what I’ve been working towards for the whole of my career – a lot of hard work went into Tuesday night.
“This is definitely my biggest achievement so far. Now I can say I’ve played for West Ham – and no one can take that away from me. It’s the first thing on my list of achievements now!
“Obviously, I want to work just as hard moving forwards, and build on it.”
Sinclair responded on Twitter saying: “That’s what we love to hear.”
That’s what we love to hear 💜💙⚒
— Trevor Sinclair (@trevor8sinclair) September 26, 2020
It certainly is Trev, it certainly is.
Although West Ham fans were quick to suggest the club will probably sell Alese like they did with fellow academy graduate Grady Diangana.
We all hope not.