Jack Wilshere shared with reporters after his side’s 5-0 defeat to Manchester City what he told new arrivals Sebastien Haller and Pablo Fornals in the aftermath of the match.
The Hammers started the game in decent fashion, but were eventually blown away by the champions.
Pep Guardiola’s side were quite simply too good for Manuel Pellegrini’s men.
In fact, it was nothing less than a real footballing lesson for West Ham. And it must have been a major wake-up call for the Hammers’ summer signings.
Haller was arguably West Ham’s best player, whilst Fornals put in a decent shift after coming on as a second-half substitute.
But the pace and intensity of the game must have taken them both by surprise.
And Wilshere shared with reporters what he told his new teammates after City’s rampant victory, as quoted by the club’s official website:
“I thought Seb did well and Pablo did well when he came on. I said to them that they’ll probably not play in a game tougher than that in this league.”.
And Wilshere really is spot on.
West Ham face Brighton at the weekend, and Pellegrini’s men will have more time in possession than they did on Saturday.
It will be far from easy, however. The Hammers will be desperate for a win in order to avoid last season’s start.
And Haller and Fornals will both be keen to get off the mark as soon as possible.
One thing’s for sure, they will have more chances to do just that against the Seagulls than they did against City on Saturday.