Collective underperformance is the reason that West Ham are currently bottom of the Premier League, going into the international break.

Manuel Pellegrini’s methods have not succeeded so far and there has been very little evidence on the pitch to inspire the fans.

Although the team is struggling, we’ve picked out three players who have been especially disappointing. Getting more out of this trio would help Pellegrini turn the Hammers around.

Aaron Cresswell

Cresswell spent the second part of last season as a left-sided centre-half under David Moyes, but his return to left-back was welcome.

The Scouser is capable of bombing on and Pellegrini’s new attacking style looked perfect for him. It hasn’t worked out that way at all and he has endured a poor start to the season.

That was topped off by his cynical, lazy attempt to trip Adama Traore in the build-up to Wolves’ winning goal on Saturday. Instead of tracking his man, he tried to take the easy way out and it cost his side the game.

He is capable of much better and Pellegrini must get that out of him.


Michail Antonio

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Antonio has never been the most talented player, but his name was once a byword for pure hard work and professionalism.

The former Nottingham Forest man has played in a number of positions and generally added pace, endeavour and passion to every single one.

However, that’s dried up this season and his quality has been poor too. While Pellegrini’s new-boys find their feet, opportunities for gametime should be there; Antonio hasn’t been playing well enough to take them.

Ryan Fredericks

Fredericks enjoyed an outstanding season in the Championship with Fulham last season and getting him on a free transfer looked outstanding business in the summer.

However, his defensive game has been found wanting by the step up. His one against one defending must improve if he wants Pellegrini to rely on him.

He has been a disappointment so far, but is the type of dynamic player West Ham will need this season; Pellegirni will be hoping he gets better as soon as possible.

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