It is easy to draw parallels between West Ham this season and Crystal Palace last season. Both teams appointed a foreign manager to overhaul the playing style and move them up the league.
Both teams found themselves bottom of the league and pointless after their first four games. Palace responded by sacking de Boer, and the prospect of West Ham doing the same is growing.
On paper, the Hammers have a better squad than de Boer had twelve months ago. But former West Ham striker Ian Wright has pointed out where Pellegrini’s men are faring even worse than the Dutchman’s Palace.
In his own words
Speaking to 5Live, via the Star, Wright has been quoted as saying the Hammers must put in more effort. He said: “You need to see effort. Crystal Palace lost their first seven games last season but they at least looked like they were putting a shift in.
“That’s what the West Ham fans want to see. They will get behind them as long as they see something like that, but I’m not seeing enough of that from West Ham. Have those new signings actually improved West Ham?”
Although Pellegrini was brought in to oversee an overhaul of the playing style, West Ham would take the scrappiest of wins right now.
Wright is correct to say that the fans want to see passion, but they must want more quality; especially from the new boys.
The former Hammers striker is perhaps overstating how well the Eagles played in their opening four games last season; but it is damning when the two sides can even be reasonably compared after a summer of huge spending.