West Ham United may have lost the first three Premier League games of Manuel Pellegrini’s tenure, but Paul Merson has given supporters hope.
Defeats to Liverpool, Bournemouth and Arsenal have left the Hammers bottom of the fledgling Premier League table.
Nine goals conceded has raised doubts over Pellegrini’s tactics.
Some feel the club’s transfers were overplayed after a £100 million spend in the summer.
But there have been encouraging signs in the last two games.
West Ham could and should have beat Arsenal but ended up losing 3-1.
They then showed great professionalism to come from 1-0 down to beat an obdurate AFC Wimbledon 3-1 in the Carabao Cup in midweek.
First win bodes well for project Pellegrini ahead of Wolves clash
That was Pellegrini’s first win as Hammers boss.
And it bodes well ahead of a tricky home game against newly-promoted Wolves this Saturday.
West Ham fans should not be too concerned, though, as Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson feels there is plenty to look forward to for the East Londoners.
“West Ham played really well at Arsenal, Matt Le Tissier was watching the game and at 1-1 he said they were going to win – but then Marko Arnautovic went off and that was it,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“This will be tough, Wolves did well against Manchester City and the West Ham fans are going to turn up expecting something; the pressure is on.
‘There’s some class in the team, no doubt about that’
“It’s alright going to Arsenal where you’re not expected to win but this is at home. If I go Wolves here, and West Ham win easily, I could get embarrassed and you think: ‘Why did I go for a team who’ve just come up?’
“West Ham have got the capabilities, if Arnautovic is fit I wouldn’t have a worry. There’s some class in the team, there’s no doubt about that.”
It is nice for fans to hear the team being spoken about in a positive light.
After the excitement that came with appointing Pellegrini and his nine signings, the season has been a damp squib so far.
Many pundits have already raised concerns West Ham will be in for a relegation battle.
But Merson’s positivity will be much-welcomed.
Most West Ham fans would agree Arnautovic is key to a successful season.
Now it’s over to Pellegrini and his side to prove Merson and the club’s optimistic fans right.