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West Ham United legend Sir Trevor Brooking has delivered a damning assessment of the side built by Manuel Pellegrini.

West Ham are bottom of the fledgling Premier League table after four defeats from four games.

The Hammers are the only team in England on zero points.

And that is despite the appointment of the title-winning Chilean and £100 million spend on nine new players.

Supporters were excited in pre-season.

But that has quickly been replaced with dread, particularly ahead of a daunting run of fixtures starting with Everton away this weekend.

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Poor recruitment, poor tactics, poor West Ham?

Fans and pundits have slammed the Hammers with Alan Shearer labelling them ‘pathetic’.

Others have remarked that there is a lack of pace and balance in the team.


According to many Pellegrini’s tactics are outdated and his preference for four at the back is leaving West Ham exposed.

The sale of Cheikhou Kouyate and the decision to replace him with 32-year-old Aston Villa flop Carlos Sanchez left some perplexed.

And the failure to strengthen an already lightweight striker pool seems remiss.

Now West Ham legend Sir Trevor Brooking, who also managed the club with aplomb for a brief spell, has delivered a rather damning assessment of Project Pellegrini so far.

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So basically everywhere then Sir Trev?

Speaking to Love Sport Radio Brooking said all areas of the team were a real concern.

“It is worrying because defensively we’ve conceded 10 goals, we’ve only scored two and there’s also a lot of discussion about the midfield area,” Brooking told Love Sport Radio.

“All those three topics means you’ll have a big debate with any crowd of West Ham fans about what the current starting XI should look like because with nine or 10 players coming in, the squad is one where you have to try things.

“But at present, none of it has quite worked. I don’t think there’s a West Ham fan around who isn’t discussing that scenario (that West Ham could emulate Crystal Palace’s seven straight defeats from last season).”

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