Summer signing Fabian Balbuena has urged West Ham fans to keep believing in the team, despite the awful start to the season.
Going into Sunday’s game against Everton, Manuel Pellegrini’s new-look Hammers are yet to pick up a point. Balbuena is just one new arrival who has struggled to adapt straight away.
Despite that, the 27-year-old with over 300 career appearances behind him has urged the supporters not to lose faith.
What did he say?
Balbuena told the club’s official website: “We didn’t expect to start the season like this. We had a lot of hope and our goals were different.
“We have made mistakes in specific moments of the matches but I think that, with work and with a lot of sacrifice, we will be able to reverse that. I think we have the players to do so.
“Our first win will come soon, because of the way we are working to the maximum in training and in matches. As I said before, some mistakes are costing us points; but we are focused on the work we have been doing and the confidence is still intact to continue growing as a team and we will reflect it on the pitch.
“My message to the supporters is that they continue supporting, that they continue believing in the team, that there is potential and that we have been working to give them joy.
“We know that we have lost four games and that no fan is going to be happy, that would happen in all parts of the world, but we keep working, we remain committed and we know that we will move forward.”
Will the fans keep the faith?
The arrival of Pellegrini and his host of new arrivals was supposed to belatedly kickstart the London Stadium era. That emphatically has not happened so far; how much patience will the fans have with Pellegrini?
Of course, it would be beneficial for both Pellegrini and the squad if the fans remained patient, but West Ham’s is a restless fanbase. They have seen promises broken and do not want to be in another relegation battle.
That is why Balbuena’s message of continued belief may be hard to follow.