There have been plenty of talking points around West Ham United this week.

‘Come and get them’ Manager openly admits West Ham targets are for sale

The club appears to be divided with players and fans rallying against unpopular co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold.

It comes after the controversial sale of young star Grady Diangana to West Bromwich Albion.

Mark Noble led a player revolt in protest to the sale with his much-publicised comments on Friday.

The skipper’s comments had the backing of the squad, media pundits and former Hammers – read full story here.

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Unhappy Hammers have shocking lack of depth brutally exposed

West Ham’s lack of squad depth and quality was brutally exposed by Championship Bournemouth on Saturday.

Missing five players to international duty, West Ham were torn apart 5-3 by the Cherries in a display which had all the hallmarks of the struggling Hammers team of last season.

One player was particularly poor, right back Ben Johnson.

And some West Ham fans are adamant Johnson’s display was a protest at his fellow academy graduate’s sale.

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Was Johnson performance a protest?

Johnson is seen as West Ham’s number one right back if David Moyes does not bring in another this summer.

But Johnson was all over the place against Bournemouth.

He missed a number of tackles, was caught out of position several times and committed numerous fouls before being booked for one particularly aggressive and poor challenge.

Johnson looked completely out of sorts.

And the fact was not lost on Moyes who substituted him after just 25 minutes.

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Hooked after 25 minutes, fans raise grave concerns over youngster

There may be more to Johnson’s worrying display.

Perhaps he has heard Moyes is trying to bring in a new right-back.

Or maybe he was really close with Diangana and his performance became emotional as a result.

Here are some comments from West Ham fans on Twitter about Johnson’s display against Bournemouth.

‘Johnson probably missing Diangana, I don’t blame him for his performance’

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